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  • Alexander Hamilton

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 36 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,613
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,845
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,787

Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life the man who was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding & Riveting Book!

  • By Kevin on 03-04-05

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-05

This was a very enjoyable listen. There are many great things to be said about the book that have already been noted here. My only concern is that I did not get a good enough idea of why Hamilton was so despised by the Jeffersonians. Perhaps this book wouldn't be the right the place for it, but I would have benefitted from a more objective discussion of the Jeffersonian ideals that conflicted so much with Hamilton and the Federalists. What this book provides instead is an extended illumination of Jefferson's hypocrasies, which, while fascinating and mind-opening, does not really address the ideaological differences between the men sufficiently.

Anyway, a good book should lead you to others, and I'll now seek out a better understanding of all this. This was well worth the listen and fully worthy of 5 stars!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Truman

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 53 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

The life of Harry S. Truman is one of the greatest of American stories, filled with vivid characters and dramatic events. In this riveting biography, acclaimed historian David McCullough not only captures the man, a more complex, informed, and determined man than ever before imagined, but also the turbulent times in which he rose, boldly, to meet unprecedented challenges.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable

  • By Erik on 01-30-04

Excellent!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-05

This book is the best value on Audible! This is my second favorite book from Audible, after Charlie Wilson's War. I really became a fan of Truman after listening to this book, and I have to admit that I even got a little misty-eyed when he died! The book takes some time to get into as the first few hours read like the beginning of an Icelandic saga, delving into the archaic ancestry of Truman and Missouri. This was an interesting mini-history of Missouri to an extent, but I could have done without it. I would have liked more detail about his presidency instead. Great narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Salt

  • A World History
  • By: Mark Kurlansky
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,209

So much of our human body is made up of salt that we'd be dead without it. The fine balance of nature, the trade of salt as a currency of many nations and empires, the theme of a popular Shakespearean play... Salt is best selling author Mark Kurlansky's story of the only rock we eat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More than SALT

  • By Karen on 03-12-03

Rambles a bit, but interesting

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-05

Although my wife didn't listen to this book, she learned to hate it... while I was listening to it and for weeks after, I bombarded her with all the fascinating trivia about salt that I picked up. This was mostly at meals, of course. The book is packed with interesting facts, but I wish the author had organized them better. Sometimes he takes a chronological approach, but then switches gears to a geographical approach, and then on to a culinary approach and then back to chronological. The narration could have been a little crisper. It's a light listen overall, but worth your time.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • All the Shah's Men

  • An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror
  • By: Stephen Kinzer
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585

In a cloak-and-dagger story of spies, saboteurs, and secret agents, Kinzer reveals the involvement of Eisenhower, Churchill, Kermit Roosevelt, and the CIA in Operation Ajax, which restored Mohammad Reza Shah to power. Reza imposed a tyranny that ultimately sparked the Islamic Revolution of 1979 which, in turn, inspired fundamentalists throughout the Muslim world, including the Taliban and terrorists who thrived under its protection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a book!

  • By A Reader on 03-01-04

A good history, but the narration could be better

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-05

Although I wasn't crazy about the narrator or sound quality, the subject matter and writing were engaging. Shame on Ike for allowing the coup to happen!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Charlie Wilson's War

  • The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History
  • By: George Crile
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,559

Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Afghan War:Last Nail in the Soviet Coffin

  • By William Lorenzen on 08-10-04

The Best Listen!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-05

Of the dozen or so books I've listened to, this was the best so far. This is exactly the kind of book that proves that non-fiction can be more exciting than fiction. Great characters, great story, and some really important history to boot! The narrator sounded like Rod Sterling from the Twilight Zone - a perfect match for the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The First Man in Rome

  • By: Colleen McCullough
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 41 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Author of the beloved classic The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough creates sweeping sagas that are unparalleled in their drama and emotional grandeur. Now she carries listeners into the pageantry and passion, politics and intrigue of ancient Rome. Cunning and ambition were prized in this vast and powerful empire, but what would it take to win its highest honor, to be First Man in Rome?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Historical Fiction Ever

  • By Jessica on 01-24-08

Well worth the listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-05

This was a great story! The author really managed to squeeze in a lot of history, too. This book piqued my interest in Roman history and led to more great listens (The 12 Caesars and A History of Rome). I liked the narration as well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Know Much About History

  • Everything You Need to Know About American History
  • By: Kenneth C. Davis
  • Narrated by: Jeff Wooden
  • Length: 23 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 118

When Don't Know Much About History first appeared, it created a sensation. With humor, great stories, and a trademark conversational style, the audiobook brought Americans a fresh new take on history. Davis proved that Americans don't hate history - they just hate the dull textbook version they were force-fed in school.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen. Great information.

  • By Tom on 09-20-05

Not for Lynn Cheney

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-15-04

I liked the balance this book provided between the bright and dark spots of American history. I've always been skeptical of the mythical status of American history as it is usually remembered; this book brings it down to earth. I didn't like the narrator too much, and especially not the "guests" who read the quotes. I also felt like too much time was devoted to everything before the Revolution. The 1800s just whizzed by. Overall, though, it was well worth the long listen and I learned a lot.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful