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  • President Carter

  • The White House Years
  • By: Stuart E. Eizenstat, Madeleine Albright - foreword
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell, Madeleine Albright, Stuart E. Eizenstat - preface & introduction
  • Length: 37 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Stuart Eizenstat was at Jimmy Carter’s side from his political rise in Georgia through four years in the White House, where he served as chief domestic policy adviser. He was directly involved in all domestic and economic decisions as well as in many foreign policy ones. Famous for the legal pads he took to every meeting, he draws on more than 7,500 pages of notes and 350 interviews of all the major figures of the time to write the comprehensive history of an underappreciated president - and to give an intimate view on how the presidency works.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tons of insight, but a major slog

  • By B.A.B. on 08-28-18

Tons of insight, but a major slog

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

Positives:
1. The reader was excellent, very easy to listen to.
2. Notwithstanding my criticisms below, I learned much about Carter and his presidency.
3. The inside perspective was interesting. Different from most presidential bios I've read.

Negatives:
1. OMG, it took such effort to force my way through these 37+ hours. Eizenstat said he's been writing this book for 25 years. He seems to have become so attached to every word that he couldn't cut even the most trivial details. One example among maaaany, we are told not once, but twice the names of the Shah of Iran's two French doctors? The problem with listening to a book like this is that the details can be so numbing that you lose concentration. This book should have been hosed down and put in a hot dryer.
2. The book was mostly organized topically, rather than chronologically. I can understand why the author did that. But as a result it was hard to appreciate the many simultaneous pressures on Carter.
3. The book was pretty darned self-aggrandizing. An apt subtitle might have been: An account told by his hardworking, smart-as-hell, wonderful, knew everyone in D.C., Harvard Law-educated aide, buddy and surrogate son. It was too much.

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  • Richard Nixon

  • The Life
  • By: John A. Farrell
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 28 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394

Richard Nixon opens with young navy lieutenant "Nick" Nixon returning from the Pacific and setting his cap at Congress, an idealistic dreamer seeking to build a better world. Yet amid the turns of that now legendary 1946 campaign, Nixon's finer attributes quickly gave way to unapologetic ruthlessness. It is a stunning overture to John A. Farrell's magisterial portrait of a man who embodied postwar American cynicism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen with an open mind

  • By Suzanne R. on 05-30-17

Compelling account...

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

That describes Nixon’s many strengths and weaknesses. Farrell paints a somewhat favorable picture of the up and coming Nixon, but pulls no punches regarding Vietnam and Watergate among other failings. I have recommended the book to many.

  • Bobby Kennedy

  • The Making of a Liberal Icon
  • By: Larry Tye
  • Narrated by: Marc Cashman
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

History remembers Robert F. Kennedy as a racial healer, a tribune for the poor, and the last progressive knight of a bygone era of American politics. But Kennedy's enshrinement in the liberal pantheon was actually the final stage of a journey that had its beginnings in the conservative 1950s. In Bobby Kennedy, Larry Tye peels away layers of myth and misconception to paint a complete portrait of this singularly fascinating figure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For 11 brief shining hours Larry Tye brings RFK back to life with all warts and promise

  • By Rosemary on 07-20-16

What a complicated man!

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

Any additional comments?

I learned a great deal about a man I was taught by my father to hate when I was growing up and grew to admire in my adulthood. RFK was too multi-dimensional to look at so simplistically. Well-written and narrated.

  • The Force

  • A Novel
  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,643

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop. He is the "King of Manhattan North", a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force". Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest - an elite special unit given carte blanche to fight gangs, drugs, and guns. Every day and every night for the 18 years he's spent on the job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winslow continus to amaze

  • By Steve L on 07-13-17

Fine Book; Less Fine Narration

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

Any additional comments?

Powerful and engaging story, exploring similar themes as in The Cartel. Breathless narration is distractingly overdone.

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