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Gregory E Benoit

Binghamton, NY United States
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  • Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba

  • The Biography of a Cause
  • By: Tom Gjelten
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

In this widely hailed book, NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten fuses the story of the Bacardi family and their famous rum business with Cuba's tumultuous experience over the last 150 years to produce a deeply entertaining historical narrative. The company Facundo Bacardi, launched in Cuba in 1862, brought worldwide fame to the island, and in the decades that followed, his Bacardi descendants participated in every aspect of Cuban life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly written , amazing performance .

  • By RRV on 10-29-17

Incredible. Fascinating and enlightening

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

Absolutely fantastic. Explains so much of the history and politics of Cuba and of the Cuban exiles in the US. All while telling the story of the Bacardi family and company - a story fascinating on its own. Amazing.

  • Ghettoside

  • A True Story of Murder in America
  • By: Jill Leovy
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,426

Audie Award, Non-Fiction, 2016. On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man is shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home--one of the thousands of black Americans murdered that year. His assailant runs down the street, jumps into an SUV, and vanishes, hoping to join the scores of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their crimes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Read in print, the audio version is horrible.

  • By Sarah on 02-07-15

Incredibly illuminating and riveting

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

One of those rare books that manages to tell a fascinating story like a great novel, but also illuminate important issues. I learned a lot and throughly enjoyed the narrative at the same time. Top notch.

  • Get Me Out of Here

  • My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder
  • By: Rachel Reiland
  • Narrated by: Mazhan Marno
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

Borderline Personality Disorder. "What the hell was that?" raged Rachel Reiland when she read the diagnosis written in her medical chart. As the 29-year old accountant, wife, and mother of young children would soon discover, it was the diagnosis that finally explained her explosive anger, manipulative behaviors, and self-destructive episodes- including bouts of anorexia, substance abuse, and sexual promiscuity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Authentic Tale

  • By BEEJ on 06-23-11

Tedious, repetitive and annoying.

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

couldn't get through this one, which is rare. found pretty much everyone in there story to be irritating. also didn't like the focus on god, freudian nonsense and dream interpretation.

  • First Son

  • The Biography of Richard M. Daley
  • By: Keith Koeneman
  • Narrated by: William Coon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

In First Son, Keith Koeneman chronicles the sometimes Shakespearean, sometimes Machiavellian life of an American political legend. Making deft use of unprecedented access to key players in the Daley administration, as well as Chicago's business and cultural leaders, Koeneman draws on more than one hundred interviews to tell an up-close, insider story of political triumph and personal evolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read 4 anyone who wants to understand Chicago

  • By Gregory E Benoit on 09-23-18

Must read 4 anyone who wants to understand Chicago

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

An almost perfect political biography. A lot of these types of books tend to focus too much on insignificant details of the subject's personal life, in my opinion. This one struck a perfect balance between Daley the man, and Daley the politician who had a tremendous impact on modern Chicago. Highly recommend.

  • Canada: Canadian History: From Aboriginals to Modern Society

  • The People, Places and Events That Shaped The History of Canada and North America
  • By: William D. Willis
  • Narrated by: Chuck Shelby
  • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Canada is known all over the world due to its undying commitment to multiculturalism and its social and ethnic diversity. In a time when these values were unspoken of, Canada was the first country to embrace an official multiculturalism policy. Nevertheless, the path that Canada followed to become the powerful nation it is today was like a labyrinth, filled with challenges and obstacles.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Really strange audiobook...

  • By Gregory E Benoit on 03-11-18

Really strange audiobook...

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

This was a really strange one. I'm glad I listened to it, and I learned a few valuable things. But the writing style was really awkward, and the narration was awful. Like a robot. The text felt like it was from a poorly edited 9th-grade social studies textbook.

Wouldn't recommend it unless you can't find anything else.

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  • The Warmth of Other Suns

  • The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
  • By: Isabel Wilkerson
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles, Ken Burns (introduction)
  • Length: 22 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,429
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,929

In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the most amazing books I have ever read!

  • By Ernest on 04-09-12

Perfect. Absolutely perfect.

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

It's hard to express how much I enjoyed this audiobook. I learned so, so much. It was a perfect blend of compelling personal stories and the social and historical context surrounding them. The narration was pitch perfect for the text. Really one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to.

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  • Ep. 14: Sasheer Zamata

  • By: Jonathan Katz, Sasheer Zamata, Dom Irrera, and others
  • Length: 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

[Contains explicit content] Sasheer Zamata shares trauma from her first french kiss. Dom faults Dr. Katz for ignoring his holiday cards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Episode!

  • By Oscar on 08-26-17

Absolutely hilarious! So glad they're doing these.

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

Used to love the cartoon. This is just like a continuation of the cartoon. Hilarious. Laughed out loud several times.

  • The Bridge

  • The Life and Rise of Barack Obama
  • By: David Remnick
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 24 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

No story has been more central to America's history in this century than the rise of Barack Obama, and, until now, no journalist or historian has written a book that fully investigates the circumstances and experiences of Obama's life or explores the ambition behind his rise. Now, from a writer whose gift for illuminating the historical significance of unfolding events is without peer, we have a portrait of a young man in search of himself and of a rising politician determined to become the first African-American president.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good biography even if you know the story

  • By Amr on 12-31-11

Amazing book! A must - read for fans of history

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

I almost didn't give this book five stars because the narration was awful - the narrator mispronounced names and places, and used the same cadence throughout, no matter what the actual text was. But I found the content to be so incredible that I had to give it a 5.

This is definitely the definitive account of Obama's public life up until his election. This is probably the 6th book on or by Obama I've read / listened to, and I still learned a ton. And it tied his life and achievements into a social context in a way I've never seen done before. What a masterpiece.

This would be the if you only read one book on Obama, read this one' book I'll recommend to people from now on.

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  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,063
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,903
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,762

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

  • By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

Absolutely fantastic

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

I loved everything about this audiobook. It is hands down the funniest I've ever listened to. It's also fascinating and informative, and I learned a few things about how the Senate works. This will be one of the very few audiobooks I listen to more than once.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,870
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,803

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

One of the best novels I've ever read (listened to

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

I can see why this is considered a classic. Fascinating, riveting, made me think about different issues and ideas that I haven't really thought about before. That to me is what makes a novel truly great.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful