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Papa Charlie

Carlisle, PA USA
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  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,254
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,865
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,812

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

Spellbinding, Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

The book evolved so many emotions. And everyone of them powerful. I am in all not only of the major character but of everyone involved in that entire team.
What an eye-opening account of rowing in general and of that part of our history.

  • Five Presidents

  • My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford
  • By: Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655

Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history intimately and vividly to life as he reflects on his 17 years protecting the most powerful office in the nation. Hill walked alongside Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford, seeing them through a long, tumultuous era - the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate; and the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard M. Nixon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True American Hero

  • By Robert on 05-21-16

Interesting, but....

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

There were some very interesting insights into the various presidents. And some rather entertaining/spellbinding incidents that occurred. But the book could have been reduced by at least a third and possibly more by cutting out the endless references to time spent away from his family, the technical designation of the presidential limousines, the size of the crowds, and how they constantly relied on local assistance.
I wound up having to put the book down because I got so tired of the endless repetition of details.
A pity, because parts of the book were quite fascinating.

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  • Zealot

  • The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
  • By: Reza Aslan
  • Narrated by: Reza Aslan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,489

From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E.

  • By Charles on 07-22-13

Wow

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

Reviewed: 01-15-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Zealot to be better than the print version?

I drive a lot. This way, I can "read" while I drive.

What did you like best about this story?

An absolutely fascinating look into 1st Century Judea. What a bloody mess! So many things about the Bible make sense now. The politics behind the writing of the Book are incredible

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Zealot.

Any additional comments?

If you are a dogmatic Christian, don't bother. You'll only get outraged. If you have an open mind and love to learn, this is fantastic.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful