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  • Every Day Is Extra

  • By: John Kerry
  • Narrated by: John Kerry
  • Length: 28 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

Every Day Is Extra is Kerry’s passionate, insightful, sometimes funny, always moving account of his life. Kerry tells wonderful stories about colleagues Ted Kennedy and John McCain, as well as President Obama and other major figures. He writes movingly of recovering his faith while in the Senate, and deplores the hyper-partisanship that has infected Washington. Few books convey as convincingly as this one the life of public service like that which John Kerry has lived for 50 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well-written, and a completely engaged performance

  • By S.R. on 09-05-18

Kerry is a man of integrity

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

I really enjoyed this memoir of John Kerry's life. He is a man of principle and integrity. He acknowledges his mistakes and shortfalls while learning from them in an effort to continue the fight. His recounting of his early privileged childhood, to his days at boarding school to his Vietnam experience feel truthful and certainly shaped who he is as a man. The stories about his time in the US Senate stress the importance of relationship building and learning from his seniors. These lessons served him well as secretary of state and his amazing work on the Iran treaty along with the climate accord. It will be interesting to see what this courageous man does with his extra days.

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  • Leadership

  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Beau Bridges, David Morse, Jay O. Sanders, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048

Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the man make the times or do the times make the man? In Leadership, Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely - Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights) - to show how they first recognized leadership qualities within themselves, and were recognized by others as leaders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What makes a president great?

  • By tru britty on 09-25-18

Another Kearns Goodwin masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

DKG has completed a true masterpiece at a time in our history that could not be more appropriate. She provides an accessible account of each of these four presidents that recounts their characteristics, the struggles, their ambition and the traits that propel them to truly great accomplishments. Her technique of dividing their stories up into these categories and comparing or juxtaposing makes each leader rise up. The narrations for each president only enliven the story. A great read by a true historian.

  • The Spectator Bird

  • By: Wallace Stegner
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

Joe Allston is a retired literary agent who is, in his own words, "killing time before time gets around to killing me." His parents and his only son are long dead, leaving him with neither ancestors nor descendants, tradition nor ties. His job, trafficking the talent of others, had not been his choice. He passes through life as a spectator. But a postcard from a friend causes him to return to the journals of a trip he had taken years before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By Joyce on 09-15-13

Another Stegner Beauty

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

Stegner reflects on life and aging in this story of travel to Denmark with his wife. He has a remarkable way of recounting truth and reflection of marriage, relationships in all its raw honesty and pain. I never tire of his writing and Edward Hermann reads his work beautifully. This story is not at the level of Crossing to Safety or Angle of Repose but Stegner is a wonderful writer.

  • Russian Roulette

  • By: David Corn, Michael Isikoff
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,834

The incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the US election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a sleeper with critically important info

  • By luvdata on 05-07-18

Terrific summary of the Trump-Russian connection

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

What made the experience of listening to Russian Roulette the most enjoyable?

Corn and Isikoff have done a great job researching and explaining this convoluted and unfathomable story of Trump's connection to Russia and Putin regime. They take this right up to the present and corroborate many of the recent stories in the New Yorker and other publications. The narator does great job pronouncing the Russian names and locales.

What other book might you compare Russian Roulette to and why?

Jane Mayer's recent article in the New Yorker on the Steele Dossier

Have you listened to any of Peter Ganim’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

not that I am aware of

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  • Grant

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 48 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,624
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,150
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,121

Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow reveals in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book (BUT WHERE IS THE PDF FILES)????

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-17

great memoir of a truly great hero

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-17

Chernow does marvelous research on this often misunderstood American hero. Grant is presented as multidimensional.

  • Angle of Repose

  • By: Wallace Stegner
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 22 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009

Wallace Stegner's uniquely American classic centers on Lyman Ward, a noted historian who relates a fictionalized biography of his pioneer grandparents at a time when he has become estranged from his own family. Through a combination of research, memory, and exaggeration, Ward voices ideas concerning the relationship between history and the present, art and life, parents and children, and husbands and wives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not too many novels written about marriage

  • By Barry on 08-18-12

one of the best books I have ever read.

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

Reviewed: 05-15-15

Stegner is a master story teller weaving a tale of the west with the complexity of marriage and life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful