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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 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 365

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

Never Disappointed by Doris Kearns-Goodwin!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Doris Kearns-Goodwin never disappoints. She highlighted the leadership, the character, shown by Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson during crisis situations they faced.

She also included their backgrounds and their last days.

I really enjoyed the narrative. The reader choices were good, each seemingly chosen to differentiate personalities for each leader.

#History
#Inspirational
#unbiased
#Leadership
#tagsgiving
#sweepstakes

  • The Soul of America

  • The Battle for Our Better Angels
  • By: Jon Meacham
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders, Jon Meacham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,107

Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, and LBJ, and illuminating the courage of influential citizen activists and civil rights pioneers, Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history. Each of these dramatic hours have been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear - a struggle that continues even now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He takes the long view, displays pattern,Hopeful

  • By zachary on 07-04-18

Presidential history tainted by political bias

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-18

Mr. Meacham displays an in-depth knowledge of Presidential history. I was familiar with much of the information included, being a history fan. There was some information, and there were some quotes that I enjoyed as new.

The book would have been much more useful and enjoyable if it were not tainted by repeated snarky comments about our current president. Mr. Meacham preaches about attempting to be fair to the other side of the political spectrum, then displays a complete inability to do so.

  • John Quincy Adams

  • Militant Spirit
  • By: James Traub
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 25 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

John Quincy Adams was the last of his kind - a Puritan from the age of the Founders who despised party and compromise yet dedicated himself to politics and government. The son of John Adams, he was a brilliant ambassador and secretary of state, a frustrated president at a historic turning point in American politics, and a dedicated congressman who literally died in office - at the age of 80, in the House of Representatives, in the midst of an impassioned political debate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great History of our Republic

  • By Troy on 06-23-18

What an Incredible Life

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18



The author does an excellent job of telling the fascinating story of John Quincy Adams and his family. His life spans from before the revolution to the fight against slavery before the Civil War.
The Adams story is the American story. Well worth the time.

  • Undaunted Courage

  • By: Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 21 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,164

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River, across the forbidding Rockies, and - by way of the Snake and the Columbia rivers - down to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, endured incredible hardships and witnessed astounding sights. With great perseverance, they worked their way into an unexplored West. When they returned two years later, they had long since been given up for dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great detail about this historical event...

  • By Christopher on 05-03-03

A glorious unbiased narrative.

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

A glorious unbiased narrative.

At times I began to wonder where the author found the temerity to judge the actions of Captains Lewis and Clark. But then he would balance it out with praise or just plain facts.

Ambrose gives a detailed, inspiring description of the discoveries made on the trip across the continent.

He also gives a detailed narrative of Lewis’ character and very human quirks; also of his demise. Details I had been missing. How many great men and women became such while battling their own demons?

The book passed my most telling test to excess. I learned a great deal.

  • American Buffalo

  • In Search of a Lost Icon
  • By: Steven Rinella
  • Narrated by: Patrick G. Lawlor
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114

Steven Rinella won a lottery to hunt for a wild buffalo in the Alaskan wilderness. One of only four hunters that year who succeeded in killing a buffalo, he carried the carcass down a snow-covered mountainside and floated it four miles down a white-water canyon while being trailed by grizzly bears and suffering from hypothermia. Rinella found himself contemplating his own place among the 14,000 years' worth of buffalo hunters in North America and the place of the buffalo in the American consciousness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Driving West

  • By D. hanson on 07-30-09

A Rooseveltian Adventure

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

I’ve listened to it twice...so, yes it is good.

The delivery is unusual, but is also part of the charm. It was like sitting with a buddy or in a bar listening to a good story teller share a story that keeps your attention.

I enjoy the way the author interspersed fascinating historical perspective with the details of his almost Rooseveltian (if it wasn’t, that’s a word now) adventure in shooting a wild Bison. Bison which the author, like TR, wants to protect at the same time.

Absolutely worth your time.

  • Ship Ablaze

  • The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum
  • By: Edward T. O'Donnell
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

There were few experienced swimmers among over 1,300 Lower East Side residents who boarded the General Slocum on June 15, 1904. It shouldn't have mattered since the steamship was only chartered for a languid excursion from Manhattan to Long Island Sound. But a fire erupted minutes into the trip, forcing hundreds of terrified passengers into the water. By the time the captain found a safe shore for landing, 1,021 had perished. It was New York's deadliest tragedy prior to September 11, 2001.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love learning the “rest of the story”

  • By Mark Mears on 07-17-18

I love learning the “rest of the story”

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

I love learning the “rest of the story.”

Ship Ablaze tells the story of the tragedy very well. But that could be completed in a couple of paragraphs. On such and such date this number of people died needlessly in a fire on a boat.

What makes this book fascinating is the detail regarding the people involved. Those lost and their survivors, the President and the Mayor, and how the politics involved affected careers and lives.

Definitely recommend this book / audiobook.

  • The Devil's Advocates

  • By: Michael S. Lief, H. Mitchell Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle De Cuir, Stephen Hoye, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

The Devil's Advocates shows us the crimes and trials that have captivated the public, cases that illuminate the underlying principles of the American criminal-justice system.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book even if you aren't a lawyer

  • By B. Riddick on 03-22-09

Very informative

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

Very informative.

The flow of the text was great, meaning while legal stuff is normally like watching paint dry, this is fascinating. The brilliance of the attorneys, and the far-reaching magnitude of the decisions are brought home very well.

Except for the decision read of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall. I am a fan, but it was painful to listen to, and probably didn’t help that it seemed a miscarriage to let Burr go. Which did the courtesy to prove later.

Excellent read (listen). Worth the time!

  • Lost to the West

  • The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization
  • By: Lars Brownworth
  • Narrated by: Lars Brownworth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 982

In AD 476 the Roman Empire fell - or rather, its western half did. Its eastern half, which would come to be known as the Byzantine Empire, would endure and often flourish for another 11 centuries. Though its capital would move to Constantinople, its citizens referred to themselves as Roman for the entire duration of the empire's existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just a delight for anyone interested in history !

  • By Cinders on 05-28-13

Important History

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-18

Important History. I learned many details of which I was not aware. So much drama and intrigue; it seems the culture was such that nobody could trust anyone. Each leader could almost depend on one of his or her circle taking them out.

I have to admit there were parts that were difficult to follow, but this was more than likely because I didn’t previously have many references points for the Byzantine civilization. Which happily has changed somewhat now.

  • Mission

  • Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe
  • By: Robert Matzen, Leonard Maltin - foreward
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

In March 1941 Jimmy Stewart, America's boy next door and recent Academy Award winner, left fame and fortune behind and joined the United States Army Air Corps to fulfill his family mission and serve his country. He rose from private to colonel and participated in 20 often-brutal World War II combat missions over Germany and France. In mere months the war took away his boyish looks as he faced near-death experiences and the loss of men under his command. The war finally won, he returned home with millions of other veterans to face an uncertain future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Penetrating Telling of Jimmy Stewart's War Years

  • By David on 05-09-17

Jimmy Stewart - War Hero

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

I really enjoyed the book and the information it conveyed about one of my favorite actors. He always seemed so genuine, and the fact that he flew 20 combat missions and was well respected by men whose lives he was responsible for reinforced that opinion.

Having listened to the book on audio, the only negative I have is the gentleman who read the book put too much drama into much of it. Imagine listening to Shatner’s Captain Kirk p-u-n-c-h-i-n-g out every word. If the info from the book wasn’t so interesting to me, I couldn’t have finished it.

Worth the listen, just be prepared.

  • Three Days in Moscow

  • Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire
  • By: Bret Baier, Catherine Whitney
  • Narrated by: Bret Baier
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 403

In Three Days in Moscow, Baier explores the dramatic endgame of America’s long struggle with the Soviet Union and President Ronald Reagan’s central role in shaping the world we live in today. On May 31, 1988, Reagan stood on Russian soil and addressed a packed audience at Moscow State University, delivering a remarkable - yet now largely forgotten - speech that capped his first visit to the Soviet capital. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Brian W. Barton on 05-20-18

Very informative, inspiring

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-18

Mr. Baier’s account of President Reagan and Mr. Gorbachev and their affect on history was very inspiring well worth the time.