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Robert E. Swale

Frankfort, IL USA
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  • Cheney

  • The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President
  • By: Stephen F. Hayes
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

For all of his influence, the world knows very little about Vice President Dick Cheney. The wide range of topics Stephen F. Hayes covers here includes Cheney's withdrawal from Yale; his meteoric rise to congressional leadership; his opposition to removing Saddam Hussein from power after the first Gulf War; his selection as Bush's running mate; his commanding performance on 9/11; the aggressive intelligence and interrogation measures he pushed in the aftermath of those attacks; and more.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Did not get into Cheney's head as expected.

  • By Robert E. Swale on 07-21-16

Did not get into Cheney's head as expected.

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

Reviewed: 07-21-16

This was no Robert A. Caro biography of Dick Cheney. Don't get me wrong, I am a fan of Cheney and after this book understand him better, but the work didn't seem to really get at the core of the man. Caro in his biographies examined a lot of things from the childhood years and from parents and friends growing up and put them all together into a pretty good portrait of the man. This book spent less time on what makes Cheney tick and more on basic facts. Overall three stars for effort but could have spent more time on why he is what he is as opposed to just giving us a history.

  • Strangers

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 29 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,930
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,941

A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story!

  • By Wesley on 08-21-08

It depends on your personality I guess

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-08

I listen to audiobooks in the car on the way to work and back which equals about 1-1/4 hours of listening each day. So a book this long (29 hours) will take me about 4-1/2 weeks to finish.

I've listened to several different readers over the past few years and would give the narrator of this one an average score, say three out of five stars. He does most of the characters reasonably well and has a little trouble with the women voices (but he is a guy with a deep voice so go figure). Generally for me the narrator thing is a non-issue, he doesn't ruin the book in my opinion, and he doesn't make a bad book good (I'm not saying this is a bad book, just that his reading wouldn't make it better if it was).

The book itself has excellent character development and the characters are very believable. They seem like real people with real thoughts and are not superficial or outrageously successful, or "super people", which makes them believable.

Yes this book is long, but so are other books with a lot of detail, which brings me back to my title. If your personality is such that you must move quickly through a book and don't care about character development details but want to get to the action, then either skip this book or wait for an abridged version.

However, if you are like me and can grow to like a story because you grow to understand and then like the characters, then this book is for you.

Bottom line: if you are patient, can delay gratification and like a good mystery, then you will like this book. If you are impatient and need more instant gratification, then you probably better skip it.

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