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Randal Martin

Castle Rock, CO
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  • The Hearsts

  • Father and Son
  • By: William Randolph Hearst, Jack Casserly
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

In The Hearsts: Father and Son, William Randolph Hearst, Jr., and co-author Jack Casserly tell the extraordinary story of an American family from the gold-diggings of California to the present Hearst media empire. They also profile a cavalcade of reporters and columnists who became the stars of the Hearst newspapers, and portray the colorful New York nightlife of the 1930s and 1940s.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible reading

  • By Randal Martin on 02-22-07

Terrible reading

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-07

Sorry, I have been to the Hearst Castle several times and was truly looking forward to this book. Unfortunately the reader is the worst I've ever heard. Do yourself a favor and listen to some excerpts first. He reads way to fast and with a completely dispassionate tone.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Founding Brothers

  • The Revolutionary Generation
  • By: Joseph J. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 850
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

A New York Times best seller, Founding Brothers is an engrossing work of nonfiction from National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph J. Ellis. It is a book that uncovers the substance behind many of our most cherished historical tales. Here are six fascinating, well-researched chapters involving such icons as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Remarkably moving book

  • By Vernon on 06-20-04

Wonderful Work!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-06

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I can't understand the reviews that find this book boring. If this is boring then perhaps a mystery novel is more to your liking. There is nothing boring at all about this remarkable period in our history. I think Joseph Ellis did a great job weaving the stories together. He also does a very good job of setting the scene and context of the events so that you can better appreciate the outcome and what drove many of the debates. The best part of the entire book is the last section on the correspondence between Jefferson and Adams in their later years. The only reason I didn't give the review five stars was I felt that the book doesn't really do justice to Alexander Hamilton. Selecting the dual with Aaron Burr as the story that addresses him I think misses the critical contributions he made during the Washington Administration in the 1790's creating the foundations of public finance. While not exciting for some, it nevertheless was critical to the underpinnings of the country at that crucial juncture.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 1776

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,054

Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Front Seat on History

  • By Mark on 10-22-05

Succinct account of 1776

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-06

I read Washington's Crossing before reading 1776. 1776 reads like an Abridged version of Washington's Crossing. A solid read about a critical period of this country's history. For those looking for a general overview of the time period this book is perfect. For those looking for a detailed account of the period I would suggest Washington's Crossing as well. There were some interesting details that 1776 included that I didn't get in Washington's Crossing. Perhaps the most interesting was Washington's meeting with the British 2nd in command shortly before the start of the New York campaign. I surely wish I could have been present at that meeting. Hearing the account in the book, you feel like the air could have been cut with a knife.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Washington's Crossing

  • By: David Hackett Fischer
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413

This New York Times best seller is a thrilling account of one of the most pivotal moments in United States history. Six months after the Declaration of Independence, America was nearly defeated. Then on Christmas night, George Washington led his men across the Delaware River to destroy the Hessians at Trenton. A week later Americans held off a counterattack, and in a brilliant tactical move, Washington crept behind the British army to win another victory. The momentum had reversed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Particularly Good Military History

  • By William on 10-11-04

Important History covered thoroughly

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-21-06

This book provides an extremely detailed account of the Fall and Winter campaign of 1776-77. I really enjoyed the incorporation of letters and accounts from both American and British sources. One of the things that a read of this detail does is to illustrate how fragile and tenuous victory can be. The efforts of a handful of man often can turn the tide of an event that in turn cascades the outcome of other events. You don't get that perspective unless you get into the detail. It was fascinating for example to read the accounts of how the New Jersey militia did such great work in harrasing the Hessians in the days leading to Battle of Trenton. By the time the Continental Army arrived the Hessians were exhausted from the lack of sleep from being in a continuous state of high alert. All in all a very good book.

  • Alexander Hamilton

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 36 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,587
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,821
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,763

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

Breathtaking!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-05

This was my first foreray into the world of audiobooks and I don't think I could of made a better choice. I am fascinated by Early American History and Ron Chernow has done all of us a wonderful favor in producing an exhaustively researched account of one of the most important figures in our history. This is a must read for anyone having interest in researching our founding fathers. While detailed, there isn't any part that I could imagine being left out.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful