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  • 1968

  • The Rise and Fall of the New American Revolution
  • By: Robert C. Cottrell, Blaine T. Browne
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The year 1968 retains its mythic hold on the imagination in America and around the world. Like the revolutionary years 1789, 1848, 1871, 1917, and 1989, it is recalled most of all as a year when revolution beckoned or threatened. On the 50th anniversary of that tumultuous year, cultural historians Robert Cottrell and Blaine T. Browne provide a well-informed, up-to-date synthesis of the events that rocked the world, emphasizing the revolutionary possibilities more fully than previous books. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well-told history of a dramatic era

  • By Carolyn in Ben Lomond on 09-07-18

Well-told history of a dramatic era

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I've read at least a half-dozen books about the year 1968, and this is by far the best. The authors do a magnificent job of interweaving many different story lines into a coherent whole. never boring. Good clouds of anecdotes, quotes and vignettes that brings the times to life. Highly recommended.
Narrator is very competent.

  • O. Henry: Complete Short Stories Collection

  • By: O. Henry, William Sydney Porter
  • Narrated by: Bob Thomley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

O. Henry's short stories are well known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterization, and clever twist endings. This collection includes "The Last Leaf", "The Love Philter of Ikey Schoenstein", "The Caliph", "Cupid and the Clock", "The Brief Debut of Tildy", "The Higher Abdication", "The Ransom of Red Chief", "One Dollar’s Worth", "Cupid a la Carte", "Girl", "Springtime a la Carte", "The Ethics of Pig", "The Social Triangle", "Witches Loaves", "The Romace of the Buys Broker", and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mis-named: This is not a complete collection

  • By Loren on 03-20-13

Good stories, competent reader

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-18

Enjoyable reading, especially since many have surprise endings. I liked the reader's performance. He doesn't overdo it. Mitch in keeping with the deadpan humor of O. Henry.

  • The Doomsday Machine

  • By: Daniel Ellsberg
  • Narrated by: Steven Cooper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424

The Doomsday Machine is Ellsberg's hair-raising insider's account of the most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization, whose legacy - and renewal under the Obama administration - threatens the very survival of humanity. It is scarcely possible to estimate the true dangers of our present nuclear policies without penetrating the secret realities of the nuclear strategy of the late Eisenhower and early Kennedy years, when Ellsberg had high-level access to them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Insider Story

  • By Terry Masters on 12-07-17

Powerful appeal to our hearts and minds

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Reviewed: 12-31-17

Ellsberg reveals his own role in the madness of preparing for nuclear war, describes how we got to this scary state where the entire human race could be extinguished, and concludes with an impassioned plea to end it now. Well worth reading to learn about the reality of the possibility of nuclear winter.

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  • Christ in Flanders

  • By: Honore de Balzac
  • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Honore de Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature. He was a keen observer of detail and presented in his stories an unfiltered representation of society. He is known for his multi-faceted characters. Even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. Christ In Flanders is a story of faith..and a miracle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story of faith

  • By Carolyn in Ben Lomond on 12-13-17

Beautiful story of faith

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Reviewed: 12-13-17

Short fable based on biblical story of Christ walking on water. Well-told by good narrator.Thanks

  • The Catonsville Nine

  • A Story of Faith and Resistance in the Vietnam Era
  • By: Shawn Francis Peters
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

On May 17th, 1968, a group of Catholic antiwar activists burst into a draft board in suburban Baltimore, stole hundreds of Selective Service records (which they called "death certificates"), and burned the documents in a fire fueled by homemade napalm. The bold actions of the ''Catonsville Nine'' quickly became international news and captured headlines throughout the summer and fall of 1968 when the activists, defended by radical attorney William Kunstler, were tried in federal court.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well-written and insightful

  • By Carolyn in Ben Lomond on 09-23-17

Well-written and insightful

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Reviewed: 09-23-17

Very thorough study of the action that was one of the most significant of the Vietnam war era. What's especially good is how he follows every one of the nine main participants how they came to participate through their time in jail and their lives afterward. All told journalistically, not academically. Highly recommended.

  • Drop Your Weapons

  • When and Why Civil Resistance Works
  • By: Erica Chenoweth
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Revolts against authoritarian regimes don’t always succeed - but they're more likely to if they embrace civil resistance rather than violence. Over the last century, nonviolent campaigns have been twice as likely to succeed as violent ones and they increase the chances that toppling a dictatorship will lead to peace and democracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Convincing

  • By Carolyn in Ben Lomond on 06-21-17

Convincing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-17

Lots of great examples and a convincing argument about the efficacy of nonviolent efforts to achieve social change. Contrast with violent insurgencies is effective. Good narrator. Highly recommended.

  • The True Flag

  • Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire
  • By: Stephen Kinzer
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

How should the United States act in the world? Americans cannot decide. Sometimes we burn with righteous anger, launching foreign wars and deposing governments. Then we retreat - until the cycle begins again. No matter how often we debate this question, none of what we say is original. Every argument is a pale shadow of the first and greatest debate, which erupted more than a century ago. Its themes resurface every time Americans argue whether to intervene in a foreign country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely and important

  • By Joshua C. Packard on 02-20-17

Revealing history, entertainingly told

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-17

Tells the fascinating story of how the U.S. became involved in its first major wars of overseas conquest. In less than a year, the U.S. conquered Cuba, Guam and the Philippines. Far from being wholeheartedly supported, there was a huge debate about the role of the U.S. In the world. Indeed it was a conflict over the very soul of the nation. Colorful figures were on each side, led by Theodore Roosevelt and Mark Twain. Kinzer tells the story engagingly, and the narrator does a terrific job of conveying the drama of the era. Highly recommended.

  • A Confession

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Tolstoy’s autobiographical essay is a dissection of his soul, a study of his life’s movement away from the religious certainties of youth, and a vital piece of reading which contextualizes the great works he is best known for. Marking the point at which his life moved from the worldly to the spiritual, Tolstoy’s philosophical reassessment of the Orthodox faith is a work that holds vital spiritual and intellectual importance to this very day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By David Murphy on 05-25-16

Thoughtful exposition of faith

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-17

Easy to read (listen to) as Tolstoy is such a clear writer. He explains how he came to his Christian faith only after examining the depths of despair where suicide is the only rational option.
Lots to ponder here. I'll probably read it again someone as it is fairly short. I've always admired his pacifist credo and political attitudes. Now I understand better his religious beliefs. A great man.
The narrator is terrific. He keeps your attention.

  • The Brothers

  • John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War
  • By: Stephen Kinzer
  • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824

John Foster Dulles was secretary of state while his brother, Allen Dulles, was director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In this book, Stephen Kinzer places their extraordinary lives against the backdrop ofAmerican culture and history. He uses the framework of biography to ask: Why does the United States behave as it does in the world?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cold war and intrigue - who could ask for more

  • By Angela on 10-26-13

Revealing history, well-told

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-17

Would you listen to The Brothers again? Why?

Probably not because I rarely ready books twice. But I have recommended it highly to a number of folks because it tells the inside story of the 1950s Cold War era.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kinzer's portrait of each of the Dulles brothers was fascinating. Foster was an inflexible prude; Allen, a socially adept womanizer. Both were Wall Street lawyers who shared an anti-Communist ideology that arguably made the world much less safe. How they worked to overthrow the democratically elected governments of Iran and Guatemala was fascinating.

Have you listened to any of David Cochran Heath’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I would be happy to listen to others.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

How the Dulles brothers helped to lay the groundwork for the Vietnam war was chilling. What a legacy of needless suffering and destruction.

Any additional comments?

As someone who was a child in the '50s, I had a very different impression of the Dulles brothers, particularly John Foster Dulles. He was not the high-minded patriot that I had previously thought. This book confirmed my worst suspicions about how the foreign policy establishment actually worked. That is, to say that American foreign policy has been aimed at protecting Wall Street's interests is not mere rhetoric. Kinzer explains how this actually worked for about two decades -- and presumably still does.

  • Quiet

  • The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
  • By: Susan Cain
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,238

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clamorous Praise for "Quiet"

  • By Joshua Kim on 06-10-12

Mostly obvious points. Not a compelling argument.

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-17

Would you ever listen to anything by Susan Cain again?

Probably not. She kept changing the definition of introvert so that it became meaningless by the end of the book. Sometimes an introvert was someone who was socially shy. Other times it was someone who studied a subject thoroughly. She always seemed to say being introverted was good whereas folks who are more extroverted are bad.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Kathe Mazur?

Sure. She was quite competent.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Quiet?

Her self-serving description of her own career could have been dropped. Seemed like something she threw in to bolster her own corporate consulting business.