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Eric Briggs

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  • The Golden Age

  • By: Gore Vidal
  • Narrated by: Anne Twomey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48

The Golden Age is a vibrant tapestry of American political and cultural life from 1939 to 1954, when the epochal events of World War II and the Cold War transformed America, once and for all, for good or ill, from a republic into an empire.

Also available abridged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • remarkable novel, remarkable history

  • By connie on 05-16-09

kind of odd

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I struggled to finish, used the acceleration feature for the first time. It's very intriguing in a few parts historically, but the storytelling style is pretty bizarre.

  • The Looking Glass War

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 341

It would have been an easy job for the Circus: a can of film couriered from Helsinki to London. In the past the Circus handled all things political, while the Department dealt with matters military. But the Department has been moribund since the War, its resources siphoned away. Now, one of their agents is dead, and vital evidence verifying the presence of Soviet missiles near the West German border is gone. John Avery is the Department's younger member and its last hope. Charged with handling Fred Leiser, a German-speaking Pole left over from the War, Avery must infiltrate the East and restore his masters' former glory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • With nuance le Carré dissects a dying animal.

  • By Darwin8u on 03-29-13

Trump is guilty

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Reviewed: 03-18-18

Vladimir Putin has won his re-election today, he doesn't need to protect his kompromat any more.

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  • The Power Broker

  • Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
  • By: Robert A. Caro
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 66 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,533
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,543

Robert Caro's monumental book makes public what few outsiders have known: that Robert Moses was the single most powerful man of our time in the City and in the State of New York. And in telling the Moses story, Caro both opens up to an unprecedented degree the way in which politics really happens - the way things really get done in America's City Halls and Statehouses - and brings to light a bonanza of vital new information.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A spectacular history of New York City

  • By Paul on 01-01-13

Devastating

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-17

A devastating performance. It's difficult for me now to imagine the author producing such a close study of anyone other than Moses, this book is so empathic about him. But I understand he has done so.

  • Advise and Consent

  • By: Allen Drury
  • Narrated by: Allan Robertson
  • Length: 33 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Allen Drury has penetrated the world's stormiest political battleground and the smoke-filled committee rooms of the United States Senate to reveal the bitter conflicts set in motion when the president calls upon the Senate to confirm his controversial choice for secretary of state. This novel is a true epic, showing in fascinating detail the minds and motives of the statesmen, the opportunists, the idealists. Advise and Consent is a timeless story with clear echoes of today's headlines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Advise and Consent

  • By BookReader on 05-27-15

God save America

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-17

what if the Russians landed on the moon first? what if Alger Hiss was the United States Secretary of State?

  • A Fighting Chance

  • By: Elizabeth Warren
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Warren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,197
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,010

As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher - an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but 15 years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington, DC, to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book. Great Narration.

  • By Amy on 06-03-14

save the ACA

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-17

since the details of the American Healthcare Act have been kept secret, if you want to find out about the consequences of that Act, please read this book by Elizabeth Warren about what can happen in terms of bankruptcies of thousands of Americans who try to pay for unaffordable Healthcare, and in terms of the deaths of thousands of Americans who have no health insurance.

  • Crazy Town

  • The Rob Ford Story
  • By: Robyn Doolittle
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

His drug- and alcohol-fueled antics made world headlines and engulfed a city in unprecedented controversy. Toronto mayor Rob Ford's personal and political troubles have occupied center stage in North America's fourth-largest city since news broke that drug dealers were selling a videotape of Ford appearing to smoke crack cocaine. Reporter Robyn Doolittle was one of three journalists to view the video and report on its contents in May 2013.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • update, or rather postscript required

  • By Eric Briggs on 12-18-16

update, or rather postscript required

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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: 12-18-16

This book was published before the conclusion of the 2014 Toronto election. It should be pointed out that Rob Ford withdrew from the election when he announced his cancer diagnosis, and died less than 2 years after the date of publication. Up to that date, this book is an essential assessment of the Ford Nation. The only flaw is that the narrator incorrectly pronounces "Etobicoke", repeatedly.