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Stalin: History in an Hour audiobook cover art

Fine for an Hour; Audible Cliff Notes

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

Reviewed: 11-26-13

What made the experience of listening to Stalin: History in an Hour the most enjoyable?

Good narration.

Would you be willing to try another book from Rupert Colley? Why or why not?

Depends on the subject.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Keeble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

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

Why Would We Make A Film of This?

Any additional comments?

A decent short history.

Traitor to His Class audiobook cover art
  • Traitor to His Class
  • The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • By: H. W. Brands
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins

Heavy Dose of History

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

Reviewed: 11-08-13

If you could sum up Traitor to His Class in three words, what would they be?

Not Brands' best.

What other book might you compare Traitor to His Class to and why?

Any of many history books. This is not my favorite HW Brands biography; I read his works on Andrew Jackson and Ben Franklin and found both much more compelling. This could be my affinity for older America, or the difference between reading and listening to a heavily detailed piece of history, but nevertheless I was never as excited for the next page of FDR as I was for the other two. It seems to me more of the predjudices and judgements of the modern man figure into Brands' analysis of the New Deal president, and figure in more favorably than they might another hundred years down the line.

Have you listened to any of Mark Deakins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but this was good narration.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I'd say this should be free to anyone that could.

Any additional comments?

Listening to mammoth recordings of detailed history is not for the faint if heart, or ear. How much did I retain?

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