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Allen S. Root

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  • The Wright Brothers

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,619

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story behind the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but narration is a little boring

  • By Vince on 08-20-15

Great for Engineers

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

Reviewed: 05-17-15

David McCullough reads this which is reason to listen. Excellent story of what happens after Kitty Hawk. Great lessons about technology, money and American ingenuity.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Who Gets What

  • Fair Compensation After Tragedy and Financial Upheaval
  • By: Kenneth R. Feinberg
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Agent Orange, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, the Virginia Tech massacre, the 2008 financial crisis, and the Deep Horizon gulf oil spill: Each was a disaster in its own right. What they had in common was their aftermath - each required compensation for lives lost, bodies maimed, livelihoods wrecked, economies and ecosystems upended. In each instance, an objective third party had to step up and dole out allocated funds: In each instance, Presidents, Attorneys General, and other public officials have asked Kenneth R. Feinberg to get the job done.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Stories from a Master

  • By Allen S. Root on 11-12-14

Interesting Stories from a Master

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

Reviewed: 11-12-14

This is a surprisingly interesting business book. Mr. Feinberg is the authority on managing compensation programs and I find that listening to anyone with his level of expertise on a subject is worthwhile.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,454

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Em on 11-30-12

1980's Dystopian Fears

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

Reviewed: 10-29-14

I also read dystopian fiction as a window in the fears of a particular time or of a particular people. This is a very interesting look at women and religion through the lens of the 1980's. Claire Danes is excellent in this instance.

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Elijah Wood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,037

A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Narration

  • By Michael Balzoa on 03-11-11

This is brilliant social commentary

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

Reviewed: 10-29-14

Twain's language is beautiful and he was a keen observer of human nature. Set in the pre-war south it's an interesting commentary on the development of US culture.

  • Robinson Crusoe

  • By: Daniel Defoe
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 734

Shipwrecked and cast ashore onto an uninhabited island, Robinson Crusoe ingeniously carves out a solitary, primitive existence for 24 years. Eventually, he meets a young native whom he saves from death at the hands of cannibals. He calls him Man Friday and makes him his companion and servant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They're "The Classics" for a Reason

  • By Jim on 12-26-08

Job Story

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

Reviewed: 10-29-14

The original (or an early) castaway tale. Lots to like including parallels to Job. The intellectual father to the Life of Pi or even Gulliver's Travels.

  • Moll Flanders

  • By: Daniel Defoe
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 338

One of the most determined, energetic, and lusty heroines in all of English literature, Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders will do anything to avoid poverty. Born in Newgate Prison, she was for 12 years a whore, five times a wife (once to her own brother), 12 years a thief, and eight years a transported felon in Virginia before finally escaping from the life of immorality and wickedness imposed on her by society. She is as much a survivor and just as resourceful as Defoe's other great literary creation, Robinson Crusoe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating!

  • By Pierre Gauthier on 07-01-12

Salacious in its day

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

Reviewed: 10-29-14

Today this almost feels like a comedy or comic tragedy. The numbers of marriages and mishaps give this a sense of the absurd. Tough to go back to the early 18th century and understand the perils of caste and courtship. Stick with Robinson Crusoe.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stranger in a Strange Land

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,450

Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • We live in the world this book made

  • By W. Seligman on 02-26-04

Free Love Paradise or Dystopia

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

Reviewed: 10-29-14

From the 60's. Depending on your point of view this is either an interesting look at the effects of imposed morality or something very offensive. Compare with Brave New World. The first half is better...

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  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 909
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 807
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 816

The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Classic tale deserves a better narrator

  • By happy weaver on 04-16-14

Good Dystopian Entry

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

Reviewed: 10-29-14

From 1953--Bradbury didn't like Nazi book burning and had McCarthy issues. Lots of interesting ideas like an inability to understand literature. The pen is mightier than the sword only if we can read I suppose. Compare with Brave New World or 1984.

  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,380

America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • eh

  • By Stefanie R Riha on 11-21-16

Fine Dystopian Fiction

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

Reviewed: 10-24-14

Very private look at societal breakdown. We are all cannibals in the end. Blood Meridian is his master work.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Count

  • Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
  • By: Tom Reiss
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928

Father of the novelist Alexandre Dumas, Alex Dumas has become, through his son's books, the model for a captivating modern protagonist: The wronged man in search of justice. Born to a black slave mother and a fugitive white French nobleman in Saint-Domingue (present-day Haiti), Alex Dumas was briefly sold into bondage but then made his way to Paris where he was schooled as a sword-fighting member of the French aristocracy. He was only 32 when he was given command of 53,000 men, the reward for series of triumphs that many regarded as impossible, and then topped his previous feats by leading a raid up a frozen cliff face....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth more unbelivable than fiction

  • By Jean on 01-27-13

Surprisingly Great

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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: 10-24-14

In the category of the truth is stranger than fiction an amazing story. Top of the non-fiction genre.