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  • Team of Rivals

  • The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 41 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,953
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,973

On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative

  • By JJ on 09-10-12

Top 10

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

Lincoln is now one of the two people who have impacted my character the most. The other being my father. I think that's enough said. This book will forever remain in my top 10.

  • John Adams

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 29 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,698

McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lip smacking good

  • By Randall on 08-29-16

At first confusing, but then genius

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

Reviewed: 09-03-16

Would you listen to John Adams again? Why?

I'm about 15% through right now--will update this review when I finish.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Adams is bravely, un-self-consciously honest. This means that all of his diary entries and letters are incredibly insightful into his own spirit and into the circumstances of his life and his world at the time.

McCullough is a brilliant author. Within 30 minutes, my ivory-tower view of this Founding Father had been replaced with a realistic portrait of a farmer, father, lawyer, patriot, and friend. I felt like I knew Adams well and could indeed predict his behavior as the story carried along. Incredible of McCullough to pull that off in less than an hour, and without doing damage to the storyline!! For that alone, I am already grateful for the book!

Which character – as performed by Nelson Runger – was your favorite?

N/A

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

Chapter 3, 16 minutes. Adams says with regard to the trials of the British soldiers charged in the Boston Massacre, "Better that many guilty persons escape punishment than one innocent person should be punished. The reason is because it's of more importance to community that innocence should be protected than that guilt should be punished."

Any additional comments?

I loved Adams' description of his school children when he taught at Worcester, MA before entering the profession of law. Adorable and imaginative. He was truly the consummate people-watcher and never failed to share his observations with his diary!

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  • Bach and the High Baroque

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Robert Greenberg Ph.D. University of California Berkeley
  • Length: 25 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 457

Though unappreciated in his own time, Johann Sebastian Bach has ascended to Olympian heights, the verdict of contemporary audiences long since overruled by succeeding generations of music lovers. But what makes his music great? In this series of 32 lectures, a working composer and musicologist brings his exceptional teaching skills to the task of helping you hear the extraordinary sweep of Bach's music. You'll understand the compositional language that enabled him to compose such extravagant, unbridled music while still maintaining precise control of every aspect - beat, melody, melodic repetition, interaction, and harmony.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bach Treasure Box Opened by a True Enthusiast

  • By Dickens Groupie on 09-07-13

Everything I was looking for, and more

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

Reviewed: 09-03-16

What did you love best about Bach and the High Baroque?

Professor Greenberg's able, lucid explanations of the components of various Bach pieces and why they are so brilliant, actually allowing us to hear the brilliance for ourselves.Also, that I was able to hear so many wonderful pieces of the Baroque era (and some Renaissance pieces for contrast) with an expert to show me their beauty.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bach and the High Baroque?

1. Hearing Bach's famous Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (the most famous piece he wrote--often played in movies, in an unfortunate stereotype, by a villain at a giant pipe organ) and understanding EXACTLY why it is SO thrilling to hear and will last for time immemorial. 2. Listening through the St. Matthew Passion with an expert's guidance--especially the turba choruses ("Let him be crucified!"). I've never had a piece of music--sans video--move me so much.3. Understanding the genius of the Goldberg variations. WOW. So much to learn there. Unending implications and aspects....

Which scene was your favorite?

Gotta be the whole section on the Toccata in D Minor as mentioned above. This was the first time I EVER felt like I understood an indescribably beautiful piece of music as it was meant to be understood. Priceless!!!!

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

Oh, boy, I would have loved to! But it took me three weeks, I think.

Any additional comments?

Greenberg is a tremendous professor. That's an understatement. He repeats things just enough times so you don't forget, but not to a discomforting level. He's got a great sense of humor. He's got an easy voice to listen to. He uses words carefully but easily. Awesome guy for this course. He's got 10 or so others in The Great Courses that I look forward to hearing eventually as well.

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  • The Legacy Journey

  • A Radical View of Biblical Wealth and Generosity
  • By: Dave Ramsey
  • Narrated by: Dave Ramsey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,633
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,426
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,417

Dave Ramsey shares Biblical wisdom on the legacy we build with our wealth. What does the Bible really say about money? About wealth? How much does God expect you to give to others? How does wealth affect your friendships, marriage, and children? How much is "enough"? There’s a lot of bad information in our culture today about wealth - and the wealthy. Worse, there’s a growing backlash in America against our most successful neighbors, but why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Leave a legacy

  • By Lou34 on 03-17-15

Scattershot, but great principles

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

Reviewed: 03-24-15

Overall, it is a very healthy, biblical view of money that Dave Ramsey promotes, and I'm very grateful for it. I look forward to sharing these principles with my clients and family and friends.

I love that he hammers the most important biblical principles about wealth management over and over again. It is redundant, but that's what I needed because I'm so stuck in my old ways of thinking about money.

What I didn't like: I felt like he went all over the place without any clear destination or overall point. His movement was erratic, not clearly progressive and smooth.

However, I listened to this audiobook over several sittings, so it is certainly different from listening to it all at once and especially from reading a paper book. I'm not used to audiobooks quite yet. So my perception of his movement could have been off.

Highly recommended for its biblical view of managing God's money, despite the lack of literary beauty. He gets his message across effectively and quite authentically (if you've heard him elsewhere, you'll know what I mean by authentically when you hear him read his own book).