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  • The Perfectionists

  • How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388

The New York Times best-selling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement - precision - in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhat less than perfect

  • By enya keshet on 06-19-18

Fascinating and illuminating

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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: 09-18-18

My father, who died in 1982 was a gifted and respected mechanical engineer. Winchester has brightened my understanding of his gift and precision. This contributes mightily to and understanding of industry, global efforts for standards and the immeasurable need for precision for “progress”. Thank you.

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,359

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

Compelling

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Reviewed: 09-14-18

What a great story!! Loved the alternation of the World Wars and the intricate lives of two disparate women. And of course, the mystery, intrigue, sex and triumph of good over evil. Thanks!!

  • The Firebrand and the First Lady

  • Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice
  • By: Patricia Bell-Scott
  • Narrated by: Karen Chilton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

An important, groundbreaking book - two decades in work - that tells the story of the unlikely but history-changing 28-year bond forged between Pauli Murray (granddaughter of a mulatto slave who, against all odds, as a lesbian black woman, became a lawyer, civil rights pioneer, Episcopal priest, poet, and activist) and Eleanor Roosevelt (first lady of the United States from 1933 to 1948 and human rights internationalist) that critically shaped Eleanor Roosevelt's, and therefore FDR's, view of race and racism in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring

  • By Jean on 02-20-16

A must read!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-18

As a 72-year-old white lesbian feminist I am absolutely stunned and enthralled with This book. If you are Interested in or a student of women studies, black studies, gay studies and/or political science you need to read this book. It encapsulates the theory and concepts of intersection Alateen so important for each of us to understand today. Highly recommended.

  • Gilded Suffragists

  • The New York Socialites who Fought for Women's Right to Vote
  • By: Johanna Neuman
  • Narrated by: C.S.E. Cooney
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

In the early 20th century over 200 of New York's most glamorous socialites joined the suffrage movement. Their names - Astor, Belmont, Rockefeller, Tiffany, Vanderbilt, Whitney, and the like - carried enormous public value. These women were the media darlings of their day because of the extravagance of their costume balls and the opulence of the French couture clothes, and they leveraged their social celebrity for political power, turning women's right to vote into a fashionable cause.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating-Lessons for the present

  • By P. on 08-12-18

Fascinating-Lessons for the present

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Reviewed: 08-12-18

In addition to biographies of Alice Paul, EliaBth Cary Stanton and Carrie Chapman Catt and the wonderful The Women’s Hour, this book is a fascinating review of the important contributions of the wealthy and well- connected women who risked fortune, family and religion to mid-wife the Suffrage campaign in the US. The Afterword is especially good in tying together the need for both the “moderate” and the “radical” in all successful movements of the 29th and now 21st centuries. Take heed, all as the Centenary Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote arrives, ironically in 2019-just in time!!!!

  • The Woman's Hour

  • The Great Fight to Win the Vote
  • By: Elaine Weiss
  • Narrated by: Elaine Weiss, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have ratified the 19th Amendment, 12 have rejected or refused to vote, and one last state is needed. It all comes down to Tennessee, the moment of truth for the suffragists, after a seven-decade crusade. The opposing forces include politicians with careers at stake, liquor companies, railroad magnates, and a lot of racists who don't want black women voting. And then there are the "Antis" - women who oppose their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage will bring about the moral collapse of the nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required listening

  • By Matthew Storrs on 04-01-18

A must read for contemporary politics

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-18

As a student of suffrage, and a 21st Century Feminist, I wholeheartedly recommend this history of the final push for ratification of the 19th amendment, focusing on the Battle in Tennessee to EVERYONE!! It is compelling, fast-paced and reads more like a thriller. For those disappointed in the 2016 election, this is a must read. Take heart. Persist. Failure is impossible. I loved this book.

  • Hamilton

  • The Revolution
  • By: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter
  • Narrated by: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter, Mariska Hargitay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,674

Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical, Hamilton, is as revolutionary as its subject: the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap, and claims our country's origins for a diverse new generation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love the idea of the book, get it in print.

  • By Adam Shields on 04-13-16

A great addition to the “Hamilton” trove

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-18

First I read journals book. Then the play came out. Then I bought the original soundtrack. Then I bought the book Hamilton: the revolution. This recording really enhances the understanding of the genius of the play, the playwright/actor/producers and makes the book much more accessible. I encourage you to get it.

  • The First Frontier

  • The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery, and Endurance in Early America
  • By: Scott Weidensaul
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Frontier: the word carries the inevitable scent of the West. But before Custer or Lewis and Clark, before the first Conestoga wagons rumbled across the Plains, it was the East that marked the frontier - the boundary between complex Native cultures and the first colonizing Europeans.Here is the older, wilder, darker history of a time when the land between the Atlantic and the Appalachians was contested ground - when radically different societies adopted and adapted the ways of the other, while struggling for control of what all considered to be their land.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a listen

  • By Acteon on 07-02-14

Fascinating and well documented

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Reviewed: 07-22-18

Another fascinating and informative history of the first peoples of eastern United States and the sad treatment by the European “discoverers“. As in English and history major in college in the 60s , this was not a history I was taught but I am glad to find it now. Highly recommended.

  • The Last Viking

  • The Life of Roald Amundsen
  • By: Stephen R. Bown
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
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    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

The Last Viking unravels the life of the man who stands head and shoulders above all those who raced to map the last corners of the world. In 1900, the four great geographical mysteries - the Northwest Passage, the Northeast Passage, the South Pole, and the North Pole - remained blank spots on the globe. Within twenty years Roald Amundsen would claim all four prizes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding.

  • By Leon Miller on 12-01-15

A man to be admired

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Reviewed: 06-30-18

What an amazing story of an incredible life. I have read extensively about Mawson, Shackleton and Scott but I was compelled to read this because of a recent trip to Norway. It is an excellent read and performance of an extraordinary life.

  • Chasing Hillary

  • Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling
  • By: Amy Chozick
  • Narrated by: Amy Chozick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 204

For nearly a decade, Amy Chozick chronicled Hillary Clinton's pursuit of the presidency. Chozick's front-row seat, initially at the Wall Street Journal covering Mrs. Clinton's imploding 2008 campaign, and then at the New York Times where she was assigned "The Hillary Beat", set off a years-long journey in which the formative years of her twenties and thirties became, both personally and professionally, intrinsically intertwined to Clinton's presidential ambitions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVED it ...

  • By Gail on 04-30-18

Insightful, gut-wrenching revelation

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-18

I read “What Happened” the day after it was released and felt, that while it was an apologia of sorts and an indictment of so many-I was encouraged by the suggestions of what could still be “coulda, woulda, shoulda..”. Amy Chozick has written the chronicle, memoir and story that is funny and gut-wrenching at the same time. She has written her story (Herstory) as well as mine. It’s a must read. Thank you , Amy. With all best wishes to you, the wonderful Bobby, and your baby.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Money

  • The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
  • By: Jane Mayer
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,272

Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? The conventional answer is that a popular uprising against "big government" led to the rise of a broad-based conservative movement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fact attack

  • By Mark on 05-29-16

Astonishing, frightening and a must read!

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Reviewed: 09-30-17

This book is a must read for every American voter. Well researched and documented it is a chronicle of the takeover of the Republican Party in particular and American politics in general.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful