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  • Washington: A Life

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 41 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,128

In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Jack Merritt on 12-24-10

Fascinating History

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-12

Historically fascinating. George Washington kept a daily diary from his teens throughout his life, during an extremely trying time in our country's history. I highly recommend this book for any student of history. I was shocked at how little has changed in our political system since Washington's time. Bipartisan bickering was part and parcel of Congress from the formation of our country. It frankly dashed any hope I had of a 21st century reconciliation of political parties. There is apparently nothing to reconcile. They've always been at odds.

My understanding of the Revolutionary War was greatly enhanced. I now have a better understanding of why Washington lost so many battles and yet was still able to win against the all-powerful British Empire.

A couple of caveats about the book. Washington's own papers and journals are extensively quoted throughout the book, but it's often difficult to tell where quotes begin and end. The most annoying part of the book was the author's use of multisyllabic and archaic terms outside the quoted material. The reader will want to keep a dictionary close at hand because the author wore out a thesaurus during the writing of this book.

Highly recommended.

  • Dangerously Funny

  • The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour'
  • By: David Bianculli
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Decades before The Daily Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour proved there was a place on television for no-holds-barred political comedy with a decidedly antiauthoritarian point of view. In this explosive, revealing history of the show, veteran entertainment journalist David Bianculli tells the fascinating story of its three-year network run---and the cultural impact that's still being felt today.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narration

  • By Jane on 01-20-11

Almost unlistenable

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-11

The narration is so off-putting as to make it difficult to pick up the book for the next listening. The up and down of his intonation makes it necessary to dial the volume up to hear the quiet parts, assaulting the eardrums a second later. And his bare attempts at imitating Pat Paulson's voice and timing, or Richard Nixon, or Lyndon Johnson, or Bobby Kennedy, grate on the nerves like dragging fingernails on a blackboard. Only the interesting subject matter elevates this rating to a 2.

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