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Jonathan Harris

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  • War and Peace

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 61 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,533
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,866
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,829

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 19 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 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

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
  • what an amazing life

  • By Anonymous User on 08-08-18

Excellent story, hard to follow without a map.

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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

  • 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 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

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
  • Best Philosophical Book I Have Ever Read

  • By Jonathan Harris on 09-20-17

Best Philosophical Book I Have Ever Read

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5 out of 5 stars
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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 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

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 1,254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed this book, even as a socialist.

  • By Anonymous User on 07-08-17

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 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

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 Jonathan Harris 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

  • John C. Calhoun: American Portrait

  • By: Margaret L. Coit
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 29 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Author Margaret Coit's Pulitzer Prize winning biography of John C. Calhoun is a towering accomplishment in the writing of American history, powerful in the fullest sense of the word. This is no bland recital of dates and events. It is a searing, blinding, cascading roller coaster of emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and above all, human, history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful subject, beautifully told and narrated

  • By T Duff on 03-03-15

Perfect book on Calhoun

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

Reviewed: 02-17-17

Not only did I know Calhoun but I felt I knew early America. Highly recommend!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful