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Imperative American History

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

This book offerers and excellent overview of American History before and up to the end of WWII. Detailed, factual, and unbiased this record must be taught and read by those hoping for a New tomorrow in today’s America. Lean what really happened to cause the Great Depression, what the New Deal was and was not, and how the war changed the American landscape. If Americans are seeking a New-New Deal, let them understand the original one, first.

The book is long and unless one is highly interested in the subject may be a difficult listen. However, the audio version is appreciated in order to get through such a lengthy volume.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Overview & Perspective

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

I much enjoyed this perspective of Roman History. I was in search of inspiration for writing ideas and this book was perfect. The narration was perfect. I found the audio version a bit difficult to follow in chronology at times, as this is a vast period with (to me) some unfamiliar characters. However, it does not mean it wasn’t a worthwhile and excellent listen, it only means I also ordered the hardcover version as a companion for further study. Great listen!

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  • Passive Income Assets
  • Websites - How to Generate Online Income While You Sleep (Monetize Your Website - Passive Income Online)
  • By: Passive Income Secrets
  • Narrated by: Lavon Thomas

Little substance, poor recording

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

Reviewed: 12-25-17

There is nothing in this book that cannot be found in higher quality, more instructive books elsewhere. Content is superficial with little useful substance. It was like reading a book report on blogging. The narration was poorly recorded, which only reinforced the feeling that this was written by a novice, not as expert. Everything here is available for free in podcasts & blogs from the true passive income experts.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A good portrait of Haiti

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

I am a blan who has spent a lot of time staying and working in Haiti over the past 7 years. This book does a fair job at illustrating the sometimes unbelievable tumult faced by those living in a place plagued by poverty, political unrest, and individual mistrust of pretty much everyone but oneself. The book is long with several parallel story lines, sometimes feeling as if this could be broken into 2-3 shorter novels with its winding and tangled story. However, those twists and turns are well developed and wrapped up in the end. The narrator did an excellent job in providing the voices of these memorable characters, and the addition of the natively spoken Kreole brings an air of authenticity to the telling. The book was well worth the credit, and while I have come to believe that no book can depict life in Haiti completely, (one must be there to really feel it), this one comes a bit closer than any others I have thus far read. If you are interested in the plight of the Haitian people, or simply are looking for a well told story with excellent narration, this one hits the mark.

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Ok story, awful narration

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

The story takes place in France. Perhaps a narrator who is able to pronounce words and names in French would have been more appropriate. I found myself so annoyed with the pronunciation errors that it detracted from the story. Even with a good narrator, the story itself was simply ok. It is a fairly simple whodunnits without depth. I need to stop taking the two-for-one credit offers, since there seems to be a theme of humdrum story & poor narration among the offered titles...this one being one of them.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Odd. A little depressing

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

Reviewed: 10-15-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was good enough to pass the time, but far from my favorite audible book. The story was odd, slow, and mostly depressing. I know this book received very high ratings, which was why I chose it, but it wasn't my best read. I have listened to hundreds of audio books of all different genres. Usually I look forward to listening. This one seemed more like a chore. Not so much that I did not finish it or that I wanted to return it, but I won't be listening to it again. The story simply did not catch me.

If you’ve listened to books by Fredrik Backman before, how does this one compare?

N/A

What about George Newbern’s performance did you like?

The book was well read. The narrator did a good job capturing the sentiment of the book and its characters.

Could you see A Man Called Ove being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Maybe a movie, but not a blockbuster. I do not believe it would make a good T.V. series. I don't watch a lot of television, but from what I see available these days, this is not the right genre.

Any additional comments?

I really wanted to like this book. Based on other reviews I had high hopes. However it was simply an ok story. I could not really sink into it or find myself craving more - both things I desire in books. For what it was, it was well written and the story line was endearing, but not what I typically look for in a book. It isn't a bad book, it was just a bad choice for me.

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Phenomenal

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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: 08-24-16

The story is beautifully told, heart wrenching, chilling, raw, and while not true, most definitely honest in its depiction of the unspeakable horrors that took place during the Nazi Regime. I did not believe The Book Thief could be topped. This book is at minimum a rival. Thank you to the author for telling such an amazing story. The narrators were suburb, as well.

Beautiful.

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Not my favorite but glad I listened.

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

Reviewed: 08-12-16

This was not my favorite Mary Russell novel. Like others have commented the story was slow, a bit repetitive, and lacked Sherlock's presence for much of the tale. However, I do enjoy Russell's character and that is present and strays not far from the norm. I enjoyed the tale despite its flaws and am glad I listened rather than following other reviewer's recommendations to skip the title. I believe a bit of the disappointment may lie in the fact that the previous 3 titles were so very good, full of suspense, that this one leads the thrill seeker a bit off the path of suspense. However, I will take Mary where I can find her, even when her assignments are a bit silly and frivolous.

Here's to the Pirate King!

Sterlin's performance was superb, as always!

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Perhaps the best

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

I have listened to all of the Mary Russel stories up until this one. I enjoy them all but at times they can become slow and laborious with detail. This particular novel had a good pace, was an easy listen and difficult to "put down," so to speak. I enjoyed it very much. I believe that breaking the story with periods of third person dialog following Holmes in Mary's "absence," was quite a nice change from the usual continuous 1st person Mary monologue. Well done!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great book. Narration needs a bit of help.

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

Reviewed: 06-07-16

I appreciated the conceptual nature and premise of the book. As a family physician I am frustrated by the blind following of "evidence," that often causes harm and ignorance of therapeutic options that are too often ignored or misrepresented by most allopathic (and osteopathic) physicians. At the same time I would like to see more collaboration amongst other health practitioners. "Health and Healing" provides a solid foundation around why working together and continuously questioning our "science," is good medicine. I look forward to more in depth topics aimed at clinicians as well as the growth of integrative medicine in my own as well as other's practice.

My biggest frustration about the narration was the constant mispronunciation of medical terms. If a narrator plans to perform a medical book, the need to learn the words. The errors potentially downgrade the books authority, which is unfortunate.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful