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No Ordinary Time Audiobook

No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II

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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize Winner, History, 1995

No Ordinary Time describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become the preeminent economic and military power in the world.

Using diaries, interviews, and White House records of the president's and first lady's comings and goings, Goodwin paints an intimate portrait of the daily conduct of the presidency during wartime and the Roosevelts' extraordinary constellation of friends, advisers, and family.

Bringing to bear the tools of both history and biography, No Ordinary Time relates the unique story of how Franklin Roosevelt led the nation to victory against seemingly insurmountable odds and, with Eleanor's essential help, forever changed the fabric of American society.

©1995 Doris Kearns Goodwin, All Rights Reserved. (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

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    CA Boynton Beach FL 01-09-14
    CA Boynton Beach FL 01-09-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Great history of a remarkable time."
    If you could sum up No Ordinary Time in three words, what would they be?

    This is a must read if you are interested in American history. I am 65 and I have read hundreds of books on WWII. None told the story as well as this book. It is hard to imagine the US in 1939 and to compare the world my parents grew up in and the world I grew up in the 1950's. It has the best analysis of our entry into the war and a better explanation of why the US took some actions or did not take others than any I have every read. Most history book concentrate on what happened. This explains why it happened and the great changes that occurred in the US in the 1940's. If you want to understand things in 2014 you should read or listen to this book.


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    Stan Belmont, NC, United States 10-01-13
    Stan Belmont, NC, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome Book about Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely for anyone interested in the period before and during WWII on the homefront.


    Have you listened to any of Nelson Runger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, he's a very good narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but ended up listening to this book in spurts on many drives.


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    TravisD 01-10-13
    TravisD 01-10-13 Member Since 2007

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    What made the experience of listening to No Ordinary Time the most enjoyable?

    What didn't? Seriously, an impeccably researched and written story from a unique period of time. It's long, but I couldn't put it down. I thought I might be tempted to intersperse it with another listen, but not necessary. Wouldn't be a problem if you did.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The storyteller. Doris Kearns Goodwin is a wonderful storyteller who doesn't spare the interesting asides.


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    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 02-16-17
    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 02-16-17 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! Lifelong reader and passionate pursuer of knowledge. I love Audible because I never have to stop reading.

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    One of the very best historical characterizations of the time surrounding the Second World War that I have ever read or listened to at any point. I have a much better appreciation for the time, and for the extraordinary humans that populated it.It makes me sad to see what a true leader of the "Arsenal for Democracy" looks like given the depths to which we have fallen now in our national leadership currently. God save us all once again.

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    jeremy 01-18-17
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    "Another amazing DK Goodwin portrait"

    Anyone interested in the American perspectives of WWII should read this book.

    An intimate portrait of the second Roosevelt President

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    Goldy 12-28-16
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend. I learned much about the mood of our country at this time period and the challenges that FDR had to face from home as well as abroad. Aslo learned much about Eleanor Roosevelt's importance.


    What about Nelson Runger’s performance did you like?

    The book is big, takes some time, but well read, you could almost hear the character's voice coming through Nelson Runger's naration.


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    Ponygirl Wisconsin 12-12-16
    Ponygirl Wisconsin 12-12-16

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    My only comments are aout audible. I'm sure the book is awesome.
    With greater than 100 mbps wi fi, I cant download the audible of the book.

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    Samuel 10-09-16
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    "A captivating masterpiece"

    Doris Kearns Goodwin's tour de force of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt is matched in this recording by strong narration and pacing. An excellent example of an audio book done right.

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    Beverly 08-25-16
    Beverly 08-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    As we listened to this book we were surprised to learn of Eleanor's influence on her husband and the country. Very enjoyable book. We listened to most of it on a 1,700 mile trip to see the Truman and Eisenhower Presidential Libraries. This book served as a great base of understanding the times.

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    Elizabeth 08-16-16
    Elizabeth 08-16-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Great story"

    I greatly enjoyed the inside view the author provides of the relationships between the key players. I grew very weary of the readers imitation of Eleanor's voice. It sounded trivializing. But even that flaw did not detract from the profound wonder of Eleanor Roosevelt and her contribution to the legacy of the FDR administration AND more importantly, what a white person can do to make our nation a more inclusive place despite the power of fear and ignorance that takes the form of racism

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