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  • Herbert Hoover

  • A Life
  • By: Glen Jeansonne
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Prize-winning historian Glen Jeansonne delves into the life of our most misunderstood president, offering up a surprising new portrait of Herbert Hoover - dismissing previous assumptions and revealing a political Progressive in the mold of Theodore Roosevelt and the most resourceful American since Benjamin Franklin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking

  • By Jean on 10-26-16

Hoover

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Creates a good argument that the heat of past partisan politics has almost indelibly warped the historical narrative. This biography is the best criticism I’ve read of the New Deal as, if not a failure, at least very wanting as a response to the Great Depression. I’ve come to expect that all biographers, to some extent, become their subject’s champion and apologist. This biography is no exception and while the extolling of Hoover’s virtues is in plain sight, the apologies for his failings aren’t made directly. They are delivered through omissions and elisions, which I find either a dangerous attempt to obscure hard truths or a sad ignorance of historical perspective.

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  • Eisenhower

  • The White House Years
  • By: Jim Newton
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
  • Length: 19 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

If you think of our 34th president as little more than the babysitter-in-chief during the prosperous fifties, think again. Dwight Eisenhower was bequeathed an atomic bomb and was the first American president not to use it. He ground down Joseph McCarthy and McCarthyism until both became, as he said, "McCarthywasm".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A simpler time?

  • By Ray on 11-12-11

Smooth the rough edges

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

Reviewed: 10-16-17

Every biographer seems to fall in love with their subject. Any of their blemishes are smooth off their failings explained away. This book is no exception but it still seems a worthwhile chronicle of Eisenhower's life and presidential years.

  • The Siege of Mecca

  • The Forgotten Uprising in Islam's Holiest Shrine & the Birth of Al-Qaeda
  • By: Yaroslav Trofimov
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

On November 20, 1979, worldwide attention was focused on Tehran, where the Iranian hostage crisis was entering its third week. The same morning, the first of a new Muslim century, hundreds of gunmen stunned the world by seizing Islam's holiest shrine, the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Armed with rifles that they had smuggled inside coffins, these men came from more than a dozen countries, launching the first operation of global jihad in modern times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "The Siege" - A Review

  • By Mitch Emswiller on 05-31-08

Accents

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

Reviewed: 01-09-15

Just a performance note. If the audiobook is not dramatized by different narrators, no accents for the different characters please. Even if they're good they still distract too much.

  • The War That Ended Peace

  • The Road to 1914
  • By: Margaret MacMillan
  • Narrated by: Richard Burnip
  • Length: 31 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597

From the best-selling and award-winning author of Paris 1919 comes a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, a fascinating portrait of Europe from 1900 up to the outbreak of World War I.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed review of 1882 to 1914

  • By smarmer on 04-06-14

Are there this many ellipses in the book?

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

Reviewed: 03-24-14

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Burnip?

It's no wonder.... that this audiobook... runs 32 hours.... It might seem, surprising... "Sure" you say... It's an 800 page book. Of course it runs a bit... long. Perhaps though... We should compare another tome... of equal length. Empire of Liberty... also an 800 page book... (I've rounded up a few pages.... here... and there... ) has an audiobook recording at 31 hours. So perhaps... that's about an hour of silence. The Third Reich in Power has an equal audio book running time... at 32 hours. And yet... the hardback book is 960 pages long. Certainly there are differences to be accounted for... typeset.... margins.... illustrations.... the comparison cannot be... exact... and yet, the main point is... this narration is not just... to put the point bluntly... dull... but it's also infuriatingly unlistenable.

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