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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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    Collin D. Alpert Boynton Beach FL 01-09-14
    Collin D. Alpert 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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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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    Beverly 08-25-16
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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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    Linda Brock 07-01-16
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    "Brings history to life!"

    True history of life and times before, during and after World War II
    Doris Kerns Goodwin is committed to research using diaries, news stories, personal letters, and interviews in a story that keeps the reader interested and excited to know the next chapter.

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    BAL 07-01-16
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    "Hard to get much better than this story."

    It would be unfair to ask DKG to make this longer but.....
    Loved it. Have listened to it more than once over the years. Recommend highly!

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    mljbird Miami, FL 06-17-16
    mljbird Miami, FL 06-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Informative addition to other reading on subject"

    Most informative insight to personalities so central to this period. I feel compelled to comment on some reviewers negative basement of the narrators use of different voices to distinguish different personages in the narrative. The use for Roosevelt and Churchill were quite acceptable and reminiscent of the actual men. Attempts at others were acceptable as a means of expressing tone and charities. The women's voices were, perhaps, not as successful as for the men, but helped to maintain the flow and distinguish among personalities.

    I had previously read about Rosabella life and found this rewarding contribution to my understanding of the man and the people and times around him.

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    Dwayne C. Carter 06-07-16

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    "Beautiful!,"

    As usual, Doris Kearns Goodwin,has put on paper a glimpse into the lives of two of this countries most important, most unselfish, and most generous with time and talent.

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    Rachel 05-11-16
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    "Probably better in a different format"

    I wasn't particularly impressed with the narration, and while the book does proceed somewhat chronologically, it bounces around quite a bit, which I find hard to follow in audiobook format.

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