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  • Martin Luther

  • The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World
  • By: Eric Metaxas
  • Narrated by: Eric Metaxas
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,017

Five hundred years after Luther's now famous 95 Theses appeared, Eric Metaxas, acclaimed biographer of the best-selling Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, paints a startling portrait of the wild figure whose adamantine faith cracked the edifice of Western Christendom and dragged medieval Europe into the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Metaxas Hat Trick

  • By Tommy on 11-04-17

Metax! ...does it again

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

Super good book, entertaining and enlightening. The "shit" tower chapter was mind blowing in regards to the beautiful reality that The Creator of the universe stepped down into humanities shit. The true Gospel is not afraid of our mess and physical material world. Powerful stuff and a great reminder to always stay reforming!

  • Lions of the West

  • Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion
  • By: Robert Morgan
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Thomas Jefferson, a naturalist and visionary, dreamed that the United States would stretch across the continent from ocean to ocean. The account of how that dream became reality unfolds in the stories of Jefferson and nine other Americans whose adventurous spirits and lust for land pushed the westward boundaries: Andrew Jackson, John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman, David Crockett, Sam Houston, James K. Polk, Winfield Scott, Kit Carson, Nicholas Trist, and John Quincy Adams.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good

  • By Chelsey on 05-11-16

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

Some chapters very enjoyable. I loved the chapters about johnny appleseed, kit carson and davey crocket, great! I thought there was too much info regarding the presidents and way too much on diff battles with mexico.

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  • American Lion

  • Andrew Jackson in the White House
  • By: Jon Meacham
  • Narrated by: Richard McGonagle
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 570

Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the pinnacle of power, bending the nation to his will in the cause of democracy. Jackson's election in 1828 ushered in a new and lasting era in which the people, not distant elites, were the guiding force in American politics. Democracy made its stand in the Jackson years, and he gave voice to the hopes and the fears of a restless, changing nation facing challenging times at home and threats abroad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unlikable Old Hickory

  • By John M on 01-05-09

Lion indeed!

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

Reviewed: 02-21-16

What did you like best about American Lion? What did you like least?

A great overall portrait of the man Jackson. Meacham tells a great story about the inter-workings of Jackson rise to power and his immense impact on the the Presidency itself that I had no idea about. Jackson was neither a tyrant or a saint but a man who loved the country and its people more than almost anything. We need more men like him today.
I would have liked more inspired writing making parallels to modern society and politics.

Would you recommend American Lion to your friends? Why or why not?

Fore sure.

Which character – as performed by Richard McGonagle – was your favorite?

Jackson. Loved McGonagles voice I will be listening to more of his work.

Could you see American Lion being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Great idea! no idea

Any additional comments?

Favorite new word learned, Despot! Such a great and funny use of the word in the book. God save us from despotic people in the white house currently and any to come. "Vigilance is the eternal price of Liberty"

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  • Atlantic

  • Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 350

Atlantic is a biography of a tremendous space that has been central to the ambitions of explorers, scientists, and warriors, and continues profoundly to affect our character, attitudes, and dreams. Spanning the ocean's story, from its geological origins to the age of exploration, from World War II battles to today's struggles with pollution and overfishing, Winchester's narrative is epic, intimate, and awe inspiring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner from Simon

  • By Paul on 01-01-11

Ehhh kinda good

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probly. Audio book only.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Simon Winchester?

No. His accent was so pompous and waaay to english. Some parts were good just too many random facts that did not connect well.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

no way

Any additional comments?

Modern historians like Winchester just cant seem to help themselves from critiquing people in the past from an arrogant progressive stance, as if hes saying, "If i where back then i would have been a moral giant that would not have put up with ignorant ways or thinking." This is the historians blunder. Writers cannont superimpose modern beliefs on people of the past, it just doenst make good history. Sadly of course when it came to right moral historical contributions he jumped right over William Wilberforce and his efforts to end the slave trade. Biased is he? Yup. There were some really interesting facts but just tell the story of the Atlantic man! Its not that hard!

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