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PETERSHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, United States
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Appeasement audiobook cover art

fascinating history of the lead up to WW2

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-19

A necessary reminder of both Europe and America's ignoring of Hitler. It is not just France and the UK who tried to appease
Hitler, America willfully refused to confront Hitler's aggression and destruction of democratic norms in Germany and Europe,
while also ignoring Japans conquering of China and threatening hegemonic control of the far East.

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intersting topic

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

Reviewed: 05-26-19

One general went on to become president and many officers to fight on both sides in the Civil War.
The book was ok, but severally marred by a monotonis reader.
In fact any excitement that happened on the battle field elicited no change in tone.
Was happy to stop listening.

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Utterly fascinating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-19

In order to understand religion today one needs to start at the very least with the Reformation.
Fatal Discord takes one back to the origin of Christianity and the bible, and the schism that rent it in the 16th century.

Sadly, the narrator cannot properly pronounce the many European places and words, and when he refers to
'thesis' it sounds like feces.
Someone familiar with European languages and their pronunciations would have been a better choice than
Tom Parks who has a very American accent with no ability to navigate un English words

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A must for all foodies

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-18

I was so saddened by Bourdain's death that I decided to download this book and am so pleased that I did.
This is a bildungsroman of a foodie and a view into the character of the man and the passion for food and culture that made him. As some one who loves to cook, eat, and travel, he is the perfect Virgil into the underworld of restaurants.

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Completely gripping, unstoppable

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Stephan Greenblatt digs deep into Shakespeare's history plays and brings them to life and contemporary relevance.
A knowledge to the Henry plays and Richard the 3rd is helpful as also of English History.
Still, tyrants, like happy families, are all fairly alike

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Most gripping

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-17

have always wanted to read about Cicero and Caesar and Robert Harris brings them to life

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Fabulous and fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-17

Where does Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Although in many ways a tragic biography of one of Americas great poets, the reading is so intelligent and sensitive it makes the whole experience come to life

What other book might you compare Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire to and why?

dont know

Which character – as performed by Jefferson Mays – was your favorite?

robert Lowell

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no

Any additional comments?

Jefferson Mays is a terrific reader

The Last Founding Father audiobook cover art

Over generous biography of a 2nd rate president

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

Would you try another book from Harlow Giles Unger and/or Michael McConnohie?

Unger is a good writer but this book is not as good as his biography of John Marshall.
He tries to make Monroe into a greater man then he was. Monroe was a very poor man's Madison, who's hero and mentor was Jefferson.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting was Monroes relationship to Jefferson and Madison.
The least interesting is Monroe the man.

Did Michael McConnohie do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Not really, he is a very ordinary reader who I would not necessarily choose to hear again

Do you think The Last Founding Father needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not unless Unger takes a more critical view of Monroe and a less antagonistic one to his enemies in the Federalist party

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Quite a good James novel

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No, Flo Gibson is not a good reader.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Olive Chancellor is a fascinating character

What didn’t you like about Flo Gibson’s performance?

Flo Gibson's voice is very odd. Many of my friends will not buy anything read by her.

It is time that you rerecorded James. The best reader of his work is John Wood, who reads THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A tragic comedy.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Gripping, completely compelling

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

Reviewed: 12-31-16

Would you listen to Conclave again? Why?

Yes, probably in a year or 2. Robert Harris' books are so good.

Who was your favorite character and why?

They were all good and McMillan is excellent at the variety of characters

Which character – as performed by Roy McMillan – was your favorite?

McMillan is an exceptional reader with an actors ability to give nuance and variety to a books heroes and villains .

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no