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  • Past Tense

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,358

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What's one extra day? He takes the detour. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FIVE STAR BOOK And NARRATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 11-05-18

Most disappointing Reacher story yet

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I have read or listened to over a dozen Reacher books, and never felt as let down as I was with this one. There are two plots that barely make contact, and not until nearly the end. The one involving the young Canadian couple is too implausible, even by the standards of this series. Elsewhere the story is overwritten in the sense that there is either too much description or too much analysis of options. For example, Jack sees a big fist-like SUV coming his way, and thinks to himself "probably German, maybe a Mercedes Benz, or an Audi, or a BMW." As is he would know, or care. This kind of writing is all too common in the later books in the series.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Leadership

  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Beau Bridges, David Morse, Jay O. Sanders, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 849

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

Overly dramatic narration

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

By using Hollywood actors as narrators, I found this audiobook to be somewhat disappointing and, sometimes, downright annoying. Beau Bridges and Richard Thomas get overly dramatic, often melodramatic, in their attempts at mimicking the relevant President's accent and speaking style. Especially for LBJ the quoted portions seem exaggerated and drawn out and the pacing is too slow. I would much prefer a more traditional and straightforward reading. My other criticism is that the author's writing is too hagiographic - she often seems to be awestruck, and makes too little of the weaknesses of the Presidents.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Best and the Brightest

  • By: David Halberstam
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 37 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398

Using portraits of America's flawed policy makers and accounts of the forces that drove them, The Best and the Brightest reckons magnificently with the most important abiding question of our country's recent history: Why did America become mired in Vietnam, and why did we lose? As the definitive single-volume answer to that question, this enthralling book has never been superseded. It is an American classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Preparation for Ken Burns

  • By Chiefkent on 06-12-17

Superb

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

I first read this in 1973 and it has lost none of its potency or relevance. The narration is excellent and clearly evokes many of the players, especially LBJ.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb

  • 25th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Richard Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 37 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,690

Here for the first time, in rich human, political, and scientific detail, is the complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside the atom to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan. Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly - or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity, there was a span of hardly more than 25 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow... Grade A+ ... Exceptional.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-15-16

The Epilogue Is Missing

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Making of the Atomic Bomb to be better than the print version?

No - it's missing a key chapter, the Epilogue.

What other book might you compare The Making of the Atomic Bomb to and why?

Halberstam's The Best and The Brightest.

Which character – as performed by Holter Graham – was your favorite?

Not relevant.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful