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  • A Pope and a President

  • John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century
  • By: Paul Kengor
  • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 23 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 118

Even as historians credit Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II with hastening the end of the Cold War, they have failed to recognize the depth or significance of the bond that developed between the two leaders. cclaimed scholar and best-selling author Paul Kengor changes that. In this fascinating book, he reveals a singular bond - which included a spiritual connection between the Catholic pope and the Protestant president - that drove the two men to confront what they knew to be the great evil of the 20th century: Soviet communism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful account of two amazing lives and their impact on us all!

  • By Lesia Petrizio on 01-25-18

Learned a lot

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

Reading Bios is a great way to catch up on your history. I grew up in the '80s and was too young to have any knowledge of what was going on in the world. Of course, being Catholic I knew about JPII, but I didn't know much about Reagan, other than his name.

This book opened my eyes to some of the historical situations, increased my knowledge of JPII, and gave me a great admiration for Reagan.

The author was very balanced, and regularly referenced his personal interviews, letters, and testimonies that he had gathered. He brought in a religion of course because it was important to both of his subjects, though it is not a religious book per se.

My only qualm with the writing is an over-attempt to find connections in the lives of these two men. It was cute, but sometimes was a little much.

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  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,863
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,229
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,269

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was surprised by how much I liked it

  • By cristina on 01-14-14

Graphic and explicit

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

Reviewed: 01-23-17

Be advised this story is extremely and unnecessarily graphic and explicit both in language and in sexual content and other themes. This significantly detracted from the story, which perhaps could have been better with more subtlety. I didn't care for it and don't recommend it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful