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  • Duty

  • Memoirs of a Secretary at War
  • By: Robert M. Gates
  • Narrated by: George Newbern, Robert M. Gates
  • Length: 25 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,815

From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he'd long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clear and evenhanded

  • By DaWoolf on 02-05-14

Re-living the last 8 years of American history.

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

Reviewed: 03-18-14

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

Yes. Anyone who is interested in what our nation has gone through in the last 8 years should be fascinated by this book.

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

Yes, but who can sit for 25 hours? I was actually sorry to finish the book. How do we top Robert Gates and this book?

Any additional comments?

This a candid and captivating account of the inner workings of our government.

  • Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy

  • By: Caroline Kennedy (foreword), Michael Beschloss (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Jacqueline Kennedy, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (interviewer), Caroline Kennedy (foreword), and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 737
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 601

In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded seven historic interviews about her life with John F. Kennedy. Now, decades later, these conversations can be heard in this digitally remastered eight-and-a-half-hour audio program. This audiobook includes the foreword written and read by Caroline Kennedy; introduction written and read by historian Michael Beschloss and the photos from the hardcover book, as well as complete annotations from Michael Beschloss, both in downloadable PDF format.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Listen

  • By Tim on 01-03-12

Taking a 50-year step back in time.

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

Reviewed: 03-19-12

Would you listen to Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy again? Why?

Yes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy?

Most memorable moment was when she described her experience on November 22, 1963.

Which scene was your favorite?

Planning the funeral to be as much as Lincoln's funeral as possible.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Very happy that these tapes were released during the lifetimes of people who remember November 22, 1963. They won't mean as much to anyone who does not remember that day.

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