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No Way to Treat a First Lady audiobook cover art

Hilariously Prescient 2002 novel

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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: 04-28-18

Who could envision a philandering President of the United States, an unhappy First Lady, a well-respected Navy doctor brought low by accusations of lying and drinking? The similarities with modern times don’t end there. The author was dead wrong on one key point. The Boston Red Sox won the World Series two years after publication.

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A page turner, required reading for citizens of our great democracy.

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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: 04-20-18

Our country was founded on shared principles and values and James Comey embodies those principles. The integrity with which he took the actions that he did is devoid of influence of shifting politics. The men and women who uphold the American rule of law are the backbone of a free and open society. I am grateful to all of them, most especially Mr. Comey. I didn’t think I would like this book. I’m glad I listened to his story.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Classic folk tales for modern times, great visual imagery

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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: 03-12-17

Imagine old tales from the British Isles updated with insights into the history, people and places of New England. The author features folk heroes based on classic New England characters and events, portraying the sophistication of earlier times while drawing subtle parallels to the present, reminding us that "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Bonus: If you know Hancock, Boston, and the Monadnock region, you will enjoy your own memories of the Hancock Inn, Parker House, train stations and mountain hikes.

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Romance with an overlay of fantasy

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I made through to the end. It's a good story, well-told IF you want a romance. I was hoping for fantasy. The fantasy aspects were more like plot devices to move through the typical boy meets girls, rescues girl, forbidden love and happily ever after story. I confess to fast forwarding through some of the love scenes as they were just too predictable and melodramatic. The book is saved by a good narrator.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Almost tempted me to try the next book.....

Agent to the Stars audiobook cover art

Couldn't stop listening.

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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: 01-27-13

Any additional comments?

The kind of book that makes you late, just too hard to turn it off. The Heinlein of our time.

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Worth continuing

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-10

I almost gave up on this book for the same reasons as the others who gave it low ratings. Tired of the boring old lady dialogue, I fast forwarded 3 minutes and then went "what?" I backed up and realized the back story was over. It was interesting from that point on. Still a feel good book but that's what I was in the mood to hear. It is not instant gratification. It's a slow and fulfilling story.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Doomsday Book audiobook cover art

Good if you want to be depressed

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-10

I had read Connie Willis' book, To Say Nothing of the Dog. It was lighthearted, historically interesting, fun. This was dark, dismal, historically interesting and so depressing. A good read if you don't mind death, pestulence, putrification. I couldn't wait for it to end.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Rich, intimate and sobering

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-09

This is a tale well-told, both by the author and the narrators. I was a child in the 60s and knew these events were real. This book presents the difference between hearing the news and living the news. Yes, real people were treated this way. Are we doing it again with tent cities and rising rates of hunger during this economic storm?

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The Father of the Genre

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-05

If Zane Grey's books sound like cliche cowboy stories, it's because he invented the genre. His writing conveys an authentic voice of the times about which he wrote. If you don't Westerns, you probably won't like it. If you like that period in history, this is as good as it gets. This particular recording is lower quality. However, the narrator is a delightful story teller. I recommend the book and this particular production.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Where is Book II, The Silver Hand

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-05

Great book but where's the sequel? I've written to Blackstone and to Audible but can't seem to get a response. Is anyone else interested in hearing Book II, The Silver Hand before Book III, The Endless Knot? Nothing worse than loving a book and not being able to get the sequel.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful