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Rick J. Mitchell

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  • Peter’s War

  • A New England Slave Boy and the American Revolution
  • By: Joyce Malcolm
  • Narrated by: Kellie Fitzgerald
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

This riveting biography of a Massachusetts slave boy who fought in the Revolutionary War illuminates race relations in the Northern colonies, early battles of the revolution, and the experiences of black soldiers on both sides of the conflict.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Roger on 07-08-10

Confusing!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-10

The author apparently had multiple themes to pursue in writing this book, which left me constantly wondering which way the book was going. The attempt to build this book around the historical person (Peter), an 18th century slave in Massachusetts, was weak. The chronicling of Peter's life makes up for 10 - 15% of the book. The larger purpose of the book seemed to be to compile an almost complete history of the American Revolution into one audio book. It was like cramming two semester-long college history classes into six or seven hours of listening. Fortunately, I had recently done some reading on the American Revolution and had some context to put this book in. Still the avalanche of names, dates, events, etc. had my head spinning. Finally, there was a race-relations theme that would pop up every so often.

Moving past the multi-directional path of this book, it did provide some good insights into life during this period of time.

  • Once a Runner

  • By: John L. Parker Jr.
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519

Once a Runner captures the essence of what it means to be a competitive runner; to devote your entire existence to a single-minded pursuit of excellence. It has become one of the most beloved sports novels ever written. Originally self-published in 1978 and sold at road races out of the trunk of the author's car, reading the book became a rite of passage for many runners, and tattered copies were handed down like sacred texts from generation to generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbinding!

  • By Rick J. Mitchell on 03-28-10

Spellbinding!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-10

A great story, particularly if you are a runner or are involved in aerobic sports.

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