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A tremendous biography of Grant

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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: 01-03-19

Not only was this another Chernow masterpiece, but I received a well needed and outstanding education on the Reconstruction period. I did not know that Grant championed the very first Civil Rights movement that was afterwards overrun and delayed by Washington politics until 1964 and 1965. But I also received a much clearer and in-depth appreciation for this great American. Chernow accurately and honestly addresses Grant's alcohol problem and puts many myths and falsehoods to bed. What a true and brilliant general Grant was and such a compassionate and sincere politician. Mark Bramhall is an outstanding narrator!

A very novel idea of mans travel into space

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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: 01-03-19

This was an incredible story about space exploration and survival. I was glued to the story and the narration was excellent.

An original an incredible story.

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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: 01-03-19

Many time travel stories are too predictable, but A Gift of Time is very unique. I could never predict what was going to happen next. The twists and turns of the story keep you glued to it. It is quite scientific but not over your head. The author's concept of going back in time, changing history, but not erasing the future you know is quite different and allows for a spell binding plot. Christopher Lane does an outstanding job of narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

A Tale of Two Types of Characters

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-17

It is one thing to imagine being lost at sea and shipwrecked on an island fearful of never being rescued. But to endure day to day and maintain hope and purpose, then to finally take matters into your own hands takes strength of character, determination, and leadership. Yet on the same island, another set of sailors experience disaster due to their own weakness and hopelessness. It is incredible to read about the strength of the human spirit. These men relied on their faith which did not let them down. The story is narrated very well which always enhances the experience.

An incredible Story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-17

Dean King has done an excellent job with this story by weaving together two accounts by the survivors to portray a vivid picture of the ordeal of the survivors of the brig The Commerce. It is well narrated. A true account, it is written like an adventure story with twists and turns, deceptions among the Arabs and boldness and risk taking by Captain James Riley whose daring saved them.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Lacks a compelling plot

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

A very unique idea but I kept waiting for the suspense, excitement or drama to kick in and it never did. I did not enjoy the authors sense of humor injected into his different "bobs". I can accept that the author is anti-religious and that many science fiction writers either ignore religion in order to create their stories or marginalize it. But this author made religion the bad guys, the intolerant ones, the "1984" types. I found that to be very insulting and unnecessary.

Tremendous

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-17

I think the subtitle is well deserved "The Authoritative History...". This was truly one of the best history books I have ever read. The author is expert in his knowledge of the Crusades and lays out each crusade with superb detail. It is history but reads like a story or novel. The narrator is excellent. He reads without effort and his sentences flow through the story. I not only enjoyed the experience, but feel I received a class A education on the subject. Well Done!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Outstanding

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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: 11-25-16

I could never understand even the existence of holocaust denial. Liebstadt's book and her heroic defense is truly educational and monumental in defeating not just Irving but all Holocaust deniers whether they accept that or not. Nicely narrated and well written.

An Excellent account of the battle of Bunker Hill

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

Reviewed: 08-27-16

Philbrick puts the battle in great context in expertly describing all the events leading up to it and more. I had to slog through the narration though. Very monotone and amateurish. He focuses too much on enunciation and misses the drama.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Boring and infantile!

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

Reviewed: 02-25-15

A high school term paper on how to survive in a biosphere. Not what I would call science fiction. I abandoned it and chalked it up to a wasted credit!