Here are tales of adventurers, gifted and determined, who enriched our lives as they lived theirs with spirit and grit. Francis Scott Key, who turned glorious patriot as he saw Fort McHenry’s defenders bombed but not bowed. Amelia Earhart, who became a famous pilot before she could fly. Slaves William and Ellen Craft, who ran a thousand miles for freedom using audacity and ingenious disguise. Butch Cassidy and Sundance, Barnum, Twain, Dix. The first female doctor, a Civil War spy, the sharpshooting Quaker girl of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, and the man who banished pain. Meet them all - discover the TRUE stories about the people you only thought you knew.
You can find the print versions of these and many more stories from OldNewsPublishing.com. The Americans is also in Kindle form on Amazon.com.
©2012 Olds News Publishing (P)2012 Michael Holmes
Most everybody loves a good story. For me in particular, not so much. Unless... it is a good story about real events which happened to real people. Then it becomes both compelling and full of intrigue.
Imagining what it must have been like to actually be there in a different time and place, I was struck by how vastly different society was when these characters walked American soil, and yet how human nature hasn't changed at all.
From the inspirational life of Amelia Earhart, to the scandalous escapades of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, to the amazing stories of obscure people I have never heard of, I was drawn in to each one's world and amazed by their courage, audacity, and vision.
This is just a sampling of countless people of similar talent and ambition who have made America a great nation, The narrator delivers the stories in a smooth manner that is easy to listen to, and provides just enough background music and sound effects to bring the stories to life.
I am already listening to it a second time... and no, I am not a history buff.
I'm a documentary film maker and discovered this book doing research on a possible future project. I found the stories engaging and well told. The production is top notch with music and sound effects used to help "paint" a visual picture of the stories as they unfold. I think the narrator is spot on, not too sing-songy or overly dramatic, and he speaks with a warmth and feeling for the subject in a clear strong tone.
An entertaining and informative dose of the American spirit. Something that is desperately needed today. Slip it into your kids' iPod and they just may discover what this country's all about.
Crisp writing, meaningful stories and highly listenable delivery by the talented Mike Holmes. Highly recommended.
Courage and determination personified.
Dorothea Dix could have frittered away her life and fortune on herself, but chose instead to use both resources to help the unlovely, unwanted people of society - the mentally ill. Her long life is a testament to selfless service - very inspiring!
Hard to choose one favorite scene out of the 11 lives this book describes, because each story contains an inspiring hero.
The narration flows nicely with the musical backgrounds - helps to enhance the stories.
The top of my list.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Your great expectations are fulfilled in the Americans: 11 True Stories of Challenge and Wonder.
Michael Holmes's voice is easy to listen to and the sound effects and music enhance the listening experience.
All the stories moved me!
This audio book should be in every school library!!!! Kids of all ages will love these stories.
Yes, interesting stories, good narration.
Yes. Great for passing the time while traveling.
I enjoyed the stories. Although I thought I knew about these people, I learned something new in each story. The narrator was excellent; not overdone so as to be tiring, but with just the right amount of intensity to add to the story.
Yes. The whole package is excellent and keeps my interest
Emilia Earhart because she has guts
Michael loves what he does. He brings warmth and the music/sound effects keep my interest. It is a completely positive experience.
The world according to Michael Holmes
History - short bites
Michael's rich voice and warm tone engage the listener and bring the stories to life with just the right touch.
I was fascinated to learn about these characters from American history - some familiar, some not. The stories are just long enough to give you a good taste for the character, leaving you want to learn more.
These stories a appropriate and recommended for all audiences.
These are wonderful stories of Americans that I enjoyed hearing and learning more about. I know the story of William and Ellen Craft very well because they were my ancestors but, despite my familiarity, I enjoyed hearing it as if it were my first time encountering their tale. I was also impressed by how thoroughly the breadth of their story was conveyed in a compact amount of time. The other stories with which I was less familiar were similarly engaging and I enjoyed hearing them, too. Mike Holmes' narration provides a strong voice for covering a range of stories from various time periods. Overall the audio book was well produced, including background music, and it moved at a nice pace without bogging down which made it a pleasure to listen to.
The variety of stories told in a riveting fashion, will keep your attention from beginning to end. At the same time, because each story isn't extremely long, if your life involves lots of interruptions and changes in direction, you'll be able to savor each story one at a time.
The narration by Michael Holmes was perfectly suited to the stories.
There are moments of laughter and moments of tears scattered through the book.
I only wish there were more!
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