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  • Clouds of Glory

  • The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee
  • By: Michael Korda
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 32 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498

In Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee, Michael Korda, the New York Times best-selling biographer of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ulysses S. Grant, and T. E. Lawrence, has written the first major biography of Lee in nearly 20 years, bringing to life America's greatest and most iconic hero. Korda paints a vivid and admiring portrait of Lee as a general and a devoted family man

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good But Not Great

  • By David Wardell on 05-12-15

A little flat and slightly slanted against Lee, but still admiring

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

This is certainly not the best Lee biography, but it is a decent one. Korda does a good job summarizing details in a concise manner. The book feels like there are three authors, one for the development of Lee as a person in the early years, one for the details on the battlefield in the war years, and one writing about Lee’s surrender and later years. The first and middle portions drag while the ending seems perfect. The first portion is by far the most critical, or rather, it’s obvious the author is trying to convey that he is not a fan boy though he reluctantly displays some admiration. As the story unfolds more admiration is heaped on Lee (especially at the end). Still the brakes pressed so it doesn’t come off too strong. This is the book’s greatest weakness. Just admire the guy. Sometimes the author goes out on a limb (especially in the beginning) to keep from admiring Lee. For example, he wrote to women other than his wife in romantic tones. Ok? Not everything was sexual in the 1840s. Presentism sneaks in every now and again. Lee still comes out on top, but I fear in modern times with all the anti Confederate sentiment, this is about as praiseworthy as Lee’s character is now allowed to be portrayed as.

  • The Yankee Problem

  • An American Dilemma
  • By: Dr. Clyde N. Wilson
  • Narrated by: K.W. Keene
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Granny Clampett, on the TV sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, described the War Between the States as "when the Yankees invaded America" and, indeed, it was! Their invasion of America, however, goes back much farther than the conflict of 1861-1865. It began as soon as they dropped their anchor in Plymouth Bay. Since that time, they have meddled, cheated, and lied their way into every nook and cranny of American life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Pioneering work of Historiography

  • By Customer on 11-05-18

A Pioneering work of Historiography

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Clyde Wilson starts what should be a movement toward studying the Northeast as the American “other.” They are a much greater candidate for it than the South is.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lincoln as He Really Was

  • By: Charles T. Pace
  • Narrated by: Bill Izard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Lincoln as He Really Was, by Charles T. Pace, is a refreshingly truthful antidote to the standard Lincoln mythology. It is refreshing because it is so fact-based and well-documented and devoted to historical truth.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Countering propaganda of the Cult of Lincoln: Eye !opening for some, and intellectually fulfilling for ALL truth-seekers

  • By GeekEndWarrior™ on 12-31-18

Worth the listen! Fort Sumter section is great!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Charles T. Pace has recently come out with a wonderful short book on Abraham Lincoln's life from childhood to the resupply boat headed to Fort Sumter. Abraham Lincoln, it can be concluded, was a political animal. In a way he was an abolitionist when it suited him, just as he was a Christian when it suited him. Pace destroys any mythology surrounding young Abraham Lincoln as a backwoodsman splitting rails. If anything, Lincoln was characterized in the words of his contemporaries as being "lazy." He was not much of a student either. At least not in the classical sense. The little he did read suited a pragmatic political end. Pace hangs the responsibility for the war on the shoulders of Lincoln, where it likely belongs due to his political maneuvering and rejection of all conciliatory efforts. The chapter on Fort Sumter is worth the price of the book. In his own words, and those of his contemporaries, the real Lincoln was a far cry from the downright falsehood spun about him today.

  • War and Peace

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 61 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,641
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,965
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,922

Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Work of genius

  • By James on 02-13-06

A little dry in the middle but a good read overall.

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

Tolstoy seems to be using a very long story to make the point that history is complicated and moves in a fashion that is influenced by a force that cannot be quite perceived.

  • George Washington

  • A Biography
  • By: John R. Alden
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

This extraordinary one-volume biography vividly portrays the unbreakable link between George Washington and the nation he helped create, defend, and govern. From his military career's beginnings with the Virginia Regiment, here is the exceptional decisiveness that led him to fire the opening shots in the 1754 war between England and France, the unshakable determination which, in the darkest winter of the American Revolution, demanded total victory and yielded to nothing less.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Man of Integrity

  • By Brenda on 08-27-06

Leaves much to be desired

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

Reviewed: 12-20-17

When I read a biography I like to feel that I have come to know the person that I am reading about. I still do not feel like I know Washington. The book is fairly written, and the biases of the author certainly do come out especially in the later part of the book. I could tell that the author was not too keen on the south, and wished to secure Washington for the federalists. Also, there seems to be an unbalanced focus on diplomacy, and a lack of focus on Washington himself. I do not think I would recommend this book though I did glean a few things from it.

  • Jedediah Smith

  • No Ordinary Mountain Man
  • By: Barton H. Barbour
  • Narrated by: Douglas R Pratt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Mountain man and fur trader Jedediah Smith casts a heroic shadow. He was the first Anglo-American to travel overland to California via the Southwest, and he roamed through more of the West than anyone else of his era. His adventures quickly became the stuff of legend. Using new information and sifting fact from folklore, Barton H. Barbour now offers a fresh look at this dynamic figure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Average

  • By Earl on 04-16-18

Excellent story, hard to follow without a map.

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

The best way to experience this work would be to Get out a map and follow Jedediah Smith where ever he is going.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Ideas Have Consequences

  • By: Richard M. Weaver
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Richard M. Weaver taught English for many years at the University of Chicago, returning home to Weaverville, North Carolina, each summer to plow his ancestral land. Out of his love of language and devotion to tradition, Weaver developed profound insights into the nature and the purpose of life. Ideas Have Consequences is the fruit of these twin disciplines. In what has become a classic work, Weaver asserts that the catastrophes of our age are the product not of necessity but of unintelligent choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential reading, prophetic

  • By Paul C on 01-17-19

Best Philosophical Book I Have Ever Read

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

Perhaps no other American author is as prophetic and insightful as Richard Weaver, with the possible exception of R. L. Dabney.

  • Dangerous Calling

  • By: Paul David Tripp
  • Narrated by: Maurice England
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

After traveling the world for many years and speaking at hundreds of churches of all kinds, Paul David Tripp is concerned about the state of pastoral culture. He is not only concerned about the spiritual life of the pastor, but with the very people who train him, call him, relate to him, and restore him if necessary. Dangerous Calling reveals the truth that the culture surrounding our pastors is spiritually unhealthy - an environment that actively undermines the wellbeing and efficacy of our church leaders and thus the entire church body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart Surgery

  • By R. Gomez on 06-18-13

Good advice for all prospective pastors

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

The private life of a pastor is more important than his public. This book serves as a convicting and encouraging challenge to pastors who see or fail to see a discrepancy between their personal and public lives.

  • The Vanishing American Adult

  • Our Coming-of-Age Crisis - and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance
  • By: Ben Sasse
  • Narrated by: Ben Sasse
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188

In The Vanishing American Adult, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse diagnoses the causes of a generation that can't grow up and offers a path for raising children to become active and engaged citizens. He identifies core formative experiences that all young people should pursue - hard work to appreciate the benefits of labor, travel to understand deprivation and want, the power of reading, the importance of nurturing your body - and explains how parents can encourage them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truly non-partisan essay on being an American

  • By Anne on 07-06-17

Want my spouse to read before having kids!

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

As a millennial frustrated with my own generation, this book came as a refreshing oasis of intellectual stimulation focused on solving the problems of my generation. I worry for my kids, and the kind of world that they will grow up in. Ben Sasse is very practical and giving helpful illustrations of what I can do in my children's life in order to encourage and nurture them towards being successful adults rather than big kids. A must read for anyone concerned or even not concerned about the coming of age crisis all around us.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Istanbul

  • City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the World
  • By: Thomas F. Madden
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

For more than two millennia, Istanbul has stood at the crossroads of the world, perched at the very tip of Europe, gazing across the shores of Asia. The history of this city - known as Byzantium, then Constantinople, now Istanbul - is at once glorious, outsized, and astounding. Founded by the Greeks, its location blessed it as a center for trade but also made it a target of every empire in history, from Alexander the Great and his Macedonian Empire, to the Romans and later the Ottomans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent and Entertaining

  • By Customer on 04-12-17

Excellent and Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

My wife and I are visiting Istanbul soon and I wanted to know something about the city before I went. This book is perfect! I feel like I know the city as if it were a person. My only critique is there was no mention of the Armenian genocide- why?

5 of 5 people found this review helpful