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Keith Billingsley

Fairfax, VA United States
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  • The Man Who Would Not Be Washington

  • Robert E. Lee's Civil War and His Decision that Changed American History
  • By: Jonathan Horn
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

On the eve of the Civil War, one soldier embodied the legacy of George Washington and the hopes of a divided land. Both North and South knew Robert E. Lee as the son of Washington's most famous eulogist and the son-in-law of Washington's adopted child. Each side sought his services for high command. Lee could choose only one. The decision he made would change history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A breath of unbiased truth!

  • By brian bridges on 07-04-16

Another Lee biography

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

There are a plethora of Robert E. Lee biographies out there. This particular one does not give us any really deep or even different insight on the general. It does it’s best to be free of biases of Douglas Southall Freeman’s deification of Lee in his biography of the general or Connelly’s hit job in his work, “The Marble Man,” but it’s pretty short on detail and never approaches anything other than surface level analysis. It’s not a terrible listen, but I came away with no new food for thought on the man, Robert E. Lee.

  • I Can't Make This Up

  • Life Lessons
  • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,433
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,944

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I never give anything 5 stars but in this case...

  • By Marlana Crews on 07-12-17

Another Classic Tale of Rags to Riches

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

What did you love best about I Can't Make This Up?

Kevin Hart is a great story teller and his performance was both introspective and funny.

What did you like best about this story?

The narration is the best part of this story. The tale itself is nothing you haven't read about before, just the names and places change.

What about Kevin Hart’s performance did you like?

Kevin Hart is incredibly funny and it felt like you were listening in on him telling someone a story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed a great deal.

  • The Liberal Redneck Manifesto

  • Draggin' Dixie Outta the Dark
  • By: Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan, Corey Ryan Forrester
  • Narrated by: Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan, Corey Ryan Forrester
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,438
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,316

Smart, hilarious, and incisive, the Liberal Rednecks confront outdated traditions and intolerant attitudes, tackling everything people think they know about the South - the good, the bad, the glorious, and the shameful - in a laugh-out-loud funny and lively manifesto for the rise of a New South. Home to some of the best music, athletes, soldiers, whiskey, waffles, and weather the country has to offer, the South has also been bathing in backward bathroom bills and other bigoted legislation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A southern grandma's opinion

  • By Lisa K. Ray on 02-19-17

Yes Virginia, Liberal Rednecks Do Exist

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

If you could sum up The Liberal Redneck Manifesto in three words, what would they be?

Food for thought.

What other book might you compare The Liberal Redneck Manifesto to and why?

Its pretty unique. I can't really compare it to other political books. From an ideological standpoint its boilerplate liberal views so I guess it is the opposite of Ron Paul's Revolution: Manifesto, but where it shine is hen it really delves into the who, what, and why's of southern redneck culture.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A personal touch which gives the whole manifesto more authenticity than just words on the page.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It wasn't a "can't put down" work, but I knew I was going to finish it.

Any additional comments?

If your staunch conservative, your not going to like this book no matter the manner in which it is presented. If your a hardcore liberal, its not going to go far enough for your taste If you have an open mind and are willing to listen without judgement, there are some funny and insightful moments to be had. As a native southerner myself, I could relate to a lot of the cultural eccentricities highlighted in this book and the authors remind me of the folks I grew up with.

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  • A Voyage Long and Strange

  • Rediscovering the New World
  • By: Tony Horwitz
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

On a chance visit to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz makes an unsettling discovery. A history buff since early childhood, expensively educated at university - a history major, no less! - he's reached middle age with a third-grader's grasp of early America. In fact, he's mislaid more than a century of American history, the period separating Columbus' landing in 1492 from the arrival of English colonists at Jamestown in 16-oh-something. Did nothing happen in between?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Just Not For Me

  • By Sara on 10-25-15

History meets myth

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

Reviewed: 12-11-15

The story was interesting at times, but tended to get bogged down into minutia from time to time and the author also made some tortured and tenuous cultural connections between history and modern day meaning. I found Tony Horwitz's book "Confederates in the Attic" to be better. This was still a very good book and I enjoyed traveling on the authors adventure. As far as technical quality of the audiobook, the reader was excellent and was easy to listen to. No complaints there.