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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 1,108
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001

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

Great Teacher and Entertainer

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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: 02-04-19

One of the most insightful, complete, and useful books I've ever read. How can a historical account of four presidents--so dramatically different in many ways--teach so well the unique leadership our country has required for survival through treacherous times? This book both taught and captivated my attention; it causes me to believe that, somehow, men and women of firm commitment and integrity might be available to rise to such occasions where, it seems, that few--if any--others could have capably served. I think Goodwin helps me arrive at this idealistic conclusion, yet she is fair and steers clear of sentimentality or undeserved praise for these great men.

  • The River of Doubt

  • Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
  • By: Candice Millard
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,583

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • River of Doubt

  • By Steve1290 on 11-12-05

Fascinating and an Education, too!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-18

This is my second book by Candace Millard. I believe I’m a devotee already! Destiny of a Republic was so well-written—about a subject I thought I had little interest in—really taught me so much that I hesitated to start with River of Doubt because I assumed it can’t possibly compare. But, I’m happy to say I was wrong. I came to understand this president and the time so much better. Millard manages to tell the story and get you to where you would like, yet she skillfully inserts lesser-known details and insights that really make the experience rich. I’m so grateful to end this day a tiny bit smarter than I believe I was this morning!

  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,439
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,050

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-16

Treasures still Flow

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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: 06-27-18

I’ve read Jane Eyre at least a dozen and half times. Of course I know the plot, but get excited every time I read it again to learn there is still more—often a great deal more—for me to glean. Observing the building and forming of an astonishing character who enters and grapples and comprehends the behaviors and convictions among conventions and demanding circumstances, and gives readers opportunity to explore in many personal though unique ways.

The reader came through just as I expected she might, and uttered a few lines in a subtle manner that I had not expected,, and provided me with a slightly different interpretation.

The result is that I’m glad I’ve read this book again...and will do so again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Jew of Treblinka

  • A Survivor’s Memory, 1942-1943
  • By: Chil Rajchman, Samuel Moyn - preface, Solon Beinfeld - translator, and others
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Quickly becoming a cornerstone of Holocaust historiography, this is a devastatingly stark memoir from one of the lone survivors of Treblinka. Why do some live while so many others perish? Tiny children, old men, beautiful girls - in the gas chambers of Treblinka, all are equal. The Nazis kept the fires of Treblinka burning night and day, a central cog in the wheel of the Final Solution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Profoundly Significant and Historically Sobering

  • By Patrick Harrell on 07-14-17

I Thought I Already Knew

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-18

This book horrified me, as so many Nazi death camps in WWII, are designed to do. Some are simply compelling because of the horrors told; others are compelling and important for mankind to read because of the truth communicated—somehow even beautifully—in the horrific accounts. I didn’t know that any account could be told so barbarically and with no precaution against the conveyance of the murderers’ behavior. I am glad I read this because it tells truth and is proud to covey all.

  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,957

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen to Scare Yourself in the Dark

  • By Trixie Runnin' on 03-04-18

Good Treatment of a Terrible Topic

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-18

The best thing about this book was the newspaper account. And maybe that’s all I needed....and then this incredible crime investigator leafed the base story out. She does it well without forcing too much gratuitous violence and evil beyond dreams.

  • Precious and Grace

  • No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 17
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771

Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective, is a little short on help. The codirector of the agency, Grace Makutsi, is busy with her own case, her client none other than their erstwhile assistant, Mr. Polopetsi, who has unwittingly involved himself in a pyramid scheme. The agency's other assistant, Charlie, may also need more help than he can offer, as he is newly embroiled in a romance with a glamorous woman about whom the others have their doubts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best in the series

  • By Pamela J on 11-01-16

True to Character and Most Satisfying

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-16

My title says pretty much all that can be said. There are dealings and discussions here that guide me in my current struggles and interactions. That is a rare gift!

  • You Are Not Special

  • ...And Other Encouragements
  • By: David McCullough Jr.
  • Narrated by: David McCullough Jr.
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

A profound expansion of David McCullough, Jr.’s popular commencement speech - a call to arms against a prevailing, narrow, conception of success viewed by millions on YouTube - You Are Not Special is a love letter to students and parents as well as a guide to a truly fulfilling, happy life. By acknowledging that the world is indifferent to them, McCullough takes pressure off of students to be extraordinary achievers and instead exhorts them to roll up their sleeves and do something useful with their advantages.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Teacher is Wise

  • By E. Pearson on 09-22-16

The Teacher is Wise

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-16

I really enjoyed this. As a former public school teacher I heard variations of every chapter during lunch breaks, bus duty, planning meetings. But it was rewarding to hear these previously spoken words organized, compiled, and presented. It made me realize with satisfaction, "I was right!" "I knew that!" And "why didn't I write this book?" It was satisfying beyond my expectations to know that David McCullough, Jr. agreed with me! I loved that the son of one of our countries' most scholarly historians chose to teach kids, since the popularity of that career has diminished somewhat. I thank him for his insights, and plan to search through them again.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

  • Life Among the Lowly
  • By: Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,615

Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century and the second best-selling book of that century, following the Bible. It is credited with helping fuel the abolitionist cause in the 1850s. In 1855, three years after it was published, it was called "the most popular novel of our day." A thrilling and important piece of American literature!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narration

  • By Linda on 04-14-16

Finally Read what I Should Have Read Long Ago

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-16

All my life I heard about this book and how it changed history and helped bring about the overthrow of American Slavery. Then, I began running across negative criticisms: some said it is sentimental; others say it is too didactic; others still suggest it's not even accurate! So I decided to see for myself. I loved it! Of course it is a product of its time, and certainly doesn't match the angle that an early 21st century novel would take. But I found little that was overly sentimental for its time. It certainly depicted a contradictory slave-life of cooperation and rebellion in one life. Strangely, nearly all the white characters were noble and kind: I found that odd but must consider that Stowe had to reach out to her paying audience. I have studied this period quite thoroughly, and felt that Uncle Tom spoke true.

  • Boo

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Smith
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 201

Oliver Dalrymple, nicknamed Boo because of his pale complexion and staticky hair, is an outcast at his Illinois middle school - more interested in biology and chemistry than the friendship of other kids. But after a tragic accident, Boo wakes up to find himself in a very strange sort of heaven: a town populated by only 13-year-old Americans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original & Quirky

  • By Laura on 06-04-15

Nice Attempt

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

Reviewed: 08-25-16

This book was a nice attempt at being memorable and changing the readers' lives. I just found it forgettable. I kept passing it by after having listened to it because I couldn't remember what it was about. Still, the "spiritual" and life truths that the author attempts to make us consider were interesting and even fun and a bit profound. It just didn't stick with me.

  • Brave Companions

  • Portraits in History
  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806

The best-selling author of Truman and John Adams, David McCullough has written profiles of exceptional men and women past and present who have not only shaped the course of history or changed how we see the world but whose stories express much that is timeless about the human condition. Here are Alexander von Humboldt, whose epic explorations of South America surpassed the Lewis and Clark expedition; Harriet Beecher Stowe, "the little woman who made the big war”....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I USUALLY LOVE THIS GUY

  • By Randall on 01-28-19

Never Failing

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-16

David McCullough is such an excellent historian! He demands attention, respect, and shares deep understanding and knowledge so that I come away determined to begin training my brain more like he has trained his. History has become a gift to me, thanks to this author. Before McCullough and others similar, I tried but failed to absorb history. Now it is a pleasure and a joy.

6 of 23 people found this review helpful