In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.
Edward Herrmann is a master narrator. Jon Meacham presented a fair and unvarnished portrayal of Jefferson that was educational, fair, sympathetic, and inspiring. I am looking forward to listening again to reinforce ideas and hear the accounts again for greater insight.
Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.
Would you listen to The Boys in the Boat again? Why?
Yes, I plan on listening to it again because it was so compelling and dramatic. I would like to pick up additional details and insight.
What did you like best about this story?
I liked that this crew and the coaches overcame incredible odds. I also liked how the story was told in an accurate historical context, and gave personal and interesting details about each character.
Which scene was your favorite?
The final race!
Any additional comments?
This is one of the most intense and riveting books I have every read! I l appreciate the research that went into this account and the attention to detail portrayed in this compelling story.
Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared....
This was among the most riveting and moving accounts I have ever encountered. From spiraling downward into unspeakably heart-breaking and tragic sadness and desperation, eventually culminating in exalting and transcendent liberation of body, heart, mind, and soul .... this account is a masterful chronicle of mastery over self, compassion, and forgiveness. To Louis Zamperini, may your soul continue to have the peace that eluded you for a time in this life ... God bless you, Sir!
The Kalevala is the signature work of traditional Finnish culture. In story after story, it explores the human and divine world as understood by the traditional runic singers of the north. It sings of how the universe came to be, how the natural world works, how divine and supernatural worlds relate to the world of humankind, how human beings relate to each other, how good and evil and life and death function in the world.
As a student of Finnish who has read Kalevala in Finnish, it is completely unacceptable to me that a narrator of this epic tale was not coached to pronounce properly the very few Finnish words in this epic tale, like Väinämöinen and Kalevala! The pronunciations were awful and painful to hear.
Frankly, the nasally narrator is atrocious and very hard to listen to. I am struggling to get through it.
The Man's Guide to Women offers the science-based answers to the question: What do women really want in men? The book explains the hallmarks of manhood that most women find attractive and helps men hone those skills to be the men women desire.
Would you try another book from the authors and/or Eric Michael Summerer?
I will pass on these authors in the future.
The narrator did a fine job, considering what he had to work with.
What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
For men who are idiots or know absolutely NOTHING about women, this book is OK. The book was written to such a sophomoric level as to make it actually painful to listen to. Most of the time, I was shaking my heading and thinking . . . . seriously? I got absolutely nothing out of it. Frankly, I couldn't wait to get to the end, and did so only because I paid for it.
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The Man in the Iron Mask continues the adventures of the dauntless heroes of The Three Musketeers - Aramis, Athos, Porthos and d'Artagnan. In old age their swashbuckling ought to have been replaced by a more gentle way of life, but the veteran warriors find themselves at the center of a plot in which both hearts and heads are broken, and the very throne of France is at stake.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
A story with an interesting plot. There was a good beginning followed by hours of pointless and unrelated events.
Has The Man in the Iron Mask turned you off from other books in this genre?
Maybe the ones like the Three Musketeers.
Which scene was your favorite?
When the narrator said "the end."
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Bill Homewood is excellent. The story has no redeeming qualities.
Any additional comments?
Get something else.
Over the past decade, A Patriot's History of the United States has become the definitive conservative history of our country, correcting the biases of historians and other intellectuals who downplay the greatness of America's patriots. Professors Schweikart and Allen have now revised, updated, and expanded their book, which covers America's long history with an appreciation for the values that made this nation uniquely successful.
Would you try another book from Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen and/or Patrick Lawlor?
Yes, I have read another book by Schweikart (48 LIberal Lies) and that one was very good. This book had promise and some great moments, but I was struck by the emphasis on some things and not others, which left me wanting for additional insight and perspective. It was OK, but not worth listening to again. Admittedly, history books can't be everything to everyone, but in this case, it was lacking by what it covered and did not cover.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Attempts to use foreign accents and imitate featured characters fell flat and was a major detraction, annoying, and in some cases, a bit laughable. Unless accents and imitations can be done very well, don't do it at all. It's better to say "quote . . . end quote". In addition, there were a few instances when the narrator oddly pronounced some words. For example, Moroni (a prophet in the Book of Mormon) was badly mispronounced as to be unrecognizable. A little research and care for the listener could have made it more listenable.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
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The problem isn’t that liberal authors present their opinions or interpretations of history from an obvious left-wing bias. Students learn, for example, that the Founding Fathers were elitists who drafted the Constitution in order to protect their own economic interests; that Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation only because he needed black soldiers; that racist groups such as the KKK represented our society in the early twentieth century.
Would you listen to 48 Liberal Lies About American History again? Why?
I would definitely listen to it again because there are so many details that are worthy of hearing again for greater clarity and reinforcement.
What did you like best about this story?
The incredible detail and thoroughness by which liberal lies are exposed is really remarkable and compelling.
Have you listened to any of Sean Pratt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
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Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God.
While not overtly spiritual, this book is true to its claim as a well researched and accurate account of Jesus' life and times. It is not a theological account, so the readers should not come here for anything but an honest history of Jesus' life. As such, the reader might be disappointed that some scriptural details are not included. I was not because I recognized the scope of the effort. I thought the book was really good, and worth my time. I did learn some valuable historical details which added to my conviction that Jesus is the Christ, the literal Son of Heavenly Father.
On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.
Bill Homewood's performance and rendition of The Count of Monte Cristo is amazing, beautiful, sensitive, and technically superb! Bravo! I am looking forward to listening again to favorite parts.