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Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics | [Charles Krauthammer]

Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics

A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer has for decades dazzled readers with his keen insight into politics and government. His weekly column is a must-read in Washington and across the country. Now, finally, the best of Krauthammer's intelligence, erudition, and wit are collected in one volume.
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Publisher's Summary

From America's preeminent columnist, named by the Financial Times the most influential commentator in the nation, the long-awaited collection of Charles Krauthammer's essential, timeless writings.

A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer has for decades dazzled readers with his keen insight into politics and government. His weekly column is a must-read in Washington and across the country. Now, finally, the best of Krauthammer's intelligence, erudition, and wit are collected in one volume.

Listeners will find here not only the country's leading conservative thinker, offering a passionate defense of limited government, but also a highly independent mind whose views - on feminism, evolution, and the death penalty, for example - defy ideological convention.

Things That Matter also features several of Krauthammer's major path-breaking essays - on bioethics, on Jewish destiny, and on America's role as the world's superpower - that have profoundly influenced the nation's thoughts and policies. And finally, the collection presents a trove of always penetrating, often bemused reflections on everything from border collies to Halley's Comet, from Woody Allen to Winston Churchill, from the punishing pleasures of speed chess to the elegance of the perfectly thrown outfield assist.

With a special, highly autobiographical introduction, in which Krauthammer reflects on the events that shaped his career and political philosophy, this indispensable chronicle takes the listener on a fascinating journey through the fashions and follies, the tragedies and triumphs, of the last three decades of American life.

©2013 Charles Krauthammer (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Alan Sunrise, FL, United States 12-11-13
    Alan Sunrise, FL, United States 12-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Charles K, author and narrator ..... enuf said"

    FREEZE ! DON'T HIT THAT NO BUTTON YET ....

    Charles Krauthammer is by far the most revered and most respected political columnist in Washington today. For thirty years, he has written editorials first as a Mondale democrat and today as a born again conservative. This book is a collection of Charles' writings that go back 30 some odd years.

    It is interesting to witness the author's evolution from liberal to conservatism. According to the author, he didnt leave the democratic party, they left him. The chapter dealing with his brother Marcel was heart warming.

    I have a challenge to all liberals who feel compelled to vote no on this review simply because the author is a conservative fox news commentator. Listen to the 5 minute sample. If there are any factual errors, then feel free to vote no. But if everything the author said is true, then spend the credit and buy this book. Even if you disagree with the authors political stance, there are many areas of this book that will grip you.

    The best part of this book is the author reading this to us instead of someone else.

    41 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    D. R. Green Sunny Florida 01-24-14
    D. R. Green Sunny Florida 01-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Krauthammer: Great writer/narrator!"

    I really enjoyed this book, but felt so let down when Dr. Krauthammer was not narrating. The material seemed so special in his own voice (which I often enjoy hearing on FOX News), but I lost interest in the second narrator. This is a book that can be enjoyed in starts and stops and touches on so many topics!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Inverness, FL, United States 01-04-14
    Lawrence Inverness, FL, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2004

    Central Florida, USA

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    "5* if Mr. Krauthammer had narrated complete book."
    Any additional comments?

    Would have been 5* for performance and overall had Mr. Krauthammer narrated the complete book.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    R. Gary Driggers seattle, wa usa 05-21-14
    R. Gary Driggers seattle, wa usa 05-21-14 Member Since 2007

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    "things that do matter"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Things That Matter to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read print edition.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charles


    Have you listened to any of Charles Krauthammer and George Newbern ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    The introduction alone is inspiring enough that everyone should read and appreciate by those believe in 'things that matter'.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 05-10-14
    Mark 05-10-14
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    "Unfortunately Krauthammer doesn't read entire book"
    Where does Things That Matter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. But was shocked when in the middle of the book someone else started to read instead of Krauthammer.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Liked Krauthammer reading. When the other reader took over I totally lost interest. Took a month and a half to get back into it and finish.


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

    Wanted to but couldn't as explained above.


    Any additional comments?

    Krauthammer is a genius and absolutely fascinating.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 02-01-14
    Jonathan ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 02-01-14
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    "The Philosopher of our Time"
    What made the experience of listening to Things That Matter the most enjoyable?

    Krauthammer is excellent in the first half of the book. I wanted him to read more. Newbern was ok, but not nearly as good as Krauthammer. Most importantly, this book made me want to run back and listen to more. It's bite-sized segments were perfect to allow deep thinking without being exhausted.


    What other book might you compare Things That Matter to and why?

    It really is in a league of its own given the recent rash of more "bubble-gum" rubber pressed books most applicable to the DC inner beltway.


    What three words best describe Charles Krauthammer and George Newbern ’s performance?

    Outstanding, brilliant, contemporary.


    If you could give Things That Matter a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The book you need to read and think about.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was recommended to me and I have recommended it to many. A definite read for anyone interested in our world and the United States society.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, United States 01-03-14
    Robert Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2005
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    "No one better than the Doctor."

    Outstanding book! But should come with a warning: "Beware, some articles may contain hilarious topics and/or be presented in such a way as to make you laugh so hard you cry, which may be hazardous if operating a motor vehicle or heavy machinery...." Doctor Krauthammer presents such a broad spectrum of interesting subjects that one cannot brand it a mere political work. It is much too interesting to be so limited, ranging from dogs to chess, baseball to Judaism, and yes: even the pesky comma! Had to listen to it twice to get the full meal deal, and am looking forward to listening to it a third time on my next long drive (I'll pull over when the too hilarious articles come up!). Can't go wrong with this one!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    D. R. King 12-21-13
    D. R. King 12-21-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Great book, why did Krauthammer only read 1/2???"
    What did you love best about Things That Matter?

    Krauthammer's text is incredible, and the half of the book that he personally narrates.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Things That Matter?

    His logic is so clear... Wonderful cross between a great story teller and a brilliant observer of the world.


    What aspect of Charles Krauthammer and George Newbern ’s performance would you have changed?

    Charles SHOULD HAVE READ THE ENTIRE BOOK. Charles Krauthammer's voice versus Newbern's is like fine scotch versus rot gut whiskey... Fine wine vs. sour juice. I was extremely disappointed when the story changed over from Krauthammer to Newbern. Did I mention Krauthammer has an incredible and soothing voice that is perfect for the audiobook format?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The format makes the book fly by! The best of Krauthammer neatly packaged in one book, but for God's sake Mr. Krauthammer narrate the ENTIRE BOOK.


    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 08-22-14
    Karen 08-22-14
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    "Insightful, Intelligent, Don't miss this one"
    Where does Things That Matter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My favorite book so far. Charles has a wonderful way of putting things into perspective making it easier to get one's head around today's and yesterday's issues.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Arn M. 05-16-14
    Arn M. 05-16-14

    Geopolitics, history, and philosophy junkie. I love smoothly flowing prose that moves me effortlessly from one idea to the next.

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    "Krauthammer is wonderful to listen to"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's well written and meaningful. Some essays are a bit dated, 1980's vintage.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Things That Matter?

    I loved the way Krauthammer framed his argument with regard to Israel and foreign policy issues.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many, but I liked to listen to Krauthammer's voice in the first part. It felt comfortable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    My world, my take!


    Any additional comments?

    There's a sudden and unexpected change to narration by George Newbern. Newbern does a great job as always but the change was abrupt...threw me for a loop. I wondered if I had switched books or something.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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