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  • Hubert Humphrey

  • The Conscience of the Country
  • By: Arnold A. Offner
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 22 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Hubert Humphrey was one of the great liberal leaders of postwar American politics, yet because he never made it to the Oval Office, he has been largely overlooked by biographers. Historian Arnold A. Offner has explored vast troves of archival records to recapture Humphrey's life, giving us previously unknown details of the vice president's fractious relationship with Lyndon Johnson, showing how Johnson colluded with Richard Nixon to deny Humphrey the presidency, and describing the most neglected aspect of Humphrey's career.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Biography

  • By Jean on 12-18-18

Outstanding Biography

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

This is a new biography of Hubert Horatio Humphrey Jr. (1911-1978). The book is well written and meticulously researched. The biography appears to be unbiased. The book covers the life of HHH but primarily focuses on his political career.

Offner points out that HHH had a great career, but his mistake was becoming Lyndon B. Johnson’s vice president. I found it interesting to compare in my mind how HHH compares to the situation of our current politics. Offner said HHH stated The Moral Test of any government is the way it treats three groups of citizens: Its children, the needy sick and handicapped and the third is the elderly.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this biography; it brought back memories and I also learned a number of things. Arnold A. Offner is a Professor Emeritus of History. The book is twenty-two hours and eight minutes. Jonathan Yen does an excellent job narrating the book. Yen is a voice actor and an Earphone Award winning audiobook narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Long Road to Abilene

  • The Western Adventures of Cade McCall
  • By: Robert Vaughan
  • Narrated by: Jarvis Hooten
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Long Road to Abilene is a classic hero's journey, a western adventure that exemplifies the struggles, the defeats, and the victories that personify the American West. After surviving the bloody battle of Franklin and the hell of a Yankee prison camp, Cade McCall comes home to the woman he loves only to find that she, believing him dead, has married his brother.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A ReadableTale

  • By Jean on 12-17-18

A ReadableTale

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

This is book one of the Cade McCall Series. It is a bit different from the usual western style of writing. The story begins with an old man telling the story of his life to a biographer. The story ranges from the Civil War to New Orleans, South America then to Texas. It is written as first person narrations with dialogue to enhance the story.

The book is well written. The pace is fast with lots of action. Vaughan does a good job with character development. The various characters seem very realistic. There is slight humor that helps offset the violence of the Civil War. The author does fill in the scenery so the reader almost feels they are right in the story. This is one of those hard to put down books. I am going to look for more books by Robert Vaughan.

The book is seven hours and twenty-eight minutes. Jarvis Hooten narrated the book. This book would have been better with a different narrator. In my opinion Hooten overacted while reading the book. If he had been subtler in his narration, he would have been an acceptable narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman Who Would Be King

  • Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
  • By: Kara Cooney
  • Narrated by: Kara Cooney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 251

Hatshepsut - the daughter of a general who usurped Egypt's throne and a mother with ties to the previous dynasty - was born into a privileged position in the royal household, and she was expected to bear the sons who would legitimize the reign of her father's family. Her failure to produce a male heir was ultimately the twist of fate that paved the way for her improbable rule as a cross-dressing king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and Thorough

  • By carol on 04-19-15

Exceptional

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

I just read Cooney’s most recent book “When Women Ruled the World”. I was impressed enough to hunt down other of Cooney’s publications. I found this one about the life of Hatshepsut.

Hatshepsut ruled Egypt as Pharaoh approximately 3500 years ago. She reigned for twenty-two years. Apparently, Hatshepsut was the High Priestess of Egypt prior to taking the throne. According to Cooney she did no wrong and Egypt thrived under her reign. She built strong trade agreements, expanded the Empire and lost no wars. As there were no diaries, etc., Cooney said she had to use conjecture to flesh out the fascinating story of her life.

I am glad I listen to this on audiobook and listen to Cooney pronounce all the hard to say Egyptian names. I found this a most interesting story. The book is ten hours and twenty-three minutes. Kara Cooney does an excellent job narrating the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Over the Hill: A Novel of the Pacific War

  • Crash Dive Series, Book 6
  • By: Craig DiLouie
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22

The final episode in the popular Crash Dive series! In this final, powerful episode in the popular Crash Dive series, the war to which Lt. Commander Charlie Harrison has sacrificed everything will demand far more. In return, it will teach him war’s true meaning and propel him to his destiny, one that is dark and brutal but also filled with hope.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jean on 12-15-18

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

This is the final book of the Crash Dive Series. The book picks up where the last book ended with the sinking of the USS Sandtiger. Charles Harrison and some officers were captured by the Japanese. The enlisted men were rescued. This book tells about the Japanese prisoner of war camps and the treatment of prisoners.

I have grown to feel like I know each of the characters and they have become my friends. I feel sad to say goodbye to them. This has been a great historical fiction series about life on a submarine during World War II in the Pacific theatre.

The book is four hours and fifty-seven minutes. R. C. Bray does an excellent job narrating the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • John Marshall

  • The Man Who Made the Supreme Court
  • By: Richard Brookhiser
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

The life of John Marshall, founding father and America's premier chief justice. In 1801, a genial and brilliant Revolutionary War veteran and politician became the fourth chief justice of the US. He would hold the post for 34 years (still a record), expounding the Constitution he loved. Before he joined the Court, it was the weakling of the federal government, lacking in dignity and clout. After he died, it could never be ignored again. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Biography

  • By Jean on 12-14-18

Excellent Biography

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

In March 2018 I read Joel Richard Paul’s “Without Precedent Chief Justice John Marshall and His Time”. The book wet my appetite to learn more about John Marshall. When I saw this newly released biography of Marshall by Richard Brookhiser, I had to buy it.

John Marshall (1755-1835) was the fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The first was John Jay, then John Rutledge and then Oliver Ellsworth. None of these men served in the position long. Marshall was sworn in as Chief Justice in 1801 and died in 1835 in a stagecoach accident when travelling for the Court. Marshall laid down the principles of the law and policies of the Court. According to Brookhiser it was Marshall that brought dignity to the Court.

John Richard Paul’s book “Without Precedent” was longer and provided more information about Marshall’s personal life as well as more in-depth analysis of his various rulings. Brookhiser is more concise and covered primarily his working life and relationship with George Washington. Brookhiser’s book was a bit more entertaining. I think that Brookhiser’s biography is ideal for the lay reader. Richard Brookhiser is a journalist and biographer. I have read his biographies of Alexander Hamilton and George Washington.

The book is nine hours thirty-one minutes. Robert Fass does an excellent job narrating the book. Fass is a well-known narrator. He has been nominated for the Audie Award eight times and won it twice. He also has won many AudioFile Earphone Awards.





5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hara-Kiri: A Novel of the Pacific War

  • Crash Dive Series, Book 5
  • By: Craig DiLouie
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Charlie Harrison finally achieves his dream of commanding the Sandtiger, leading her able crew on a war patrol to the Philippines in September 1944. Along the way, he faces the challenges of command, a malfunctioning boat, and a patrol area that appears devoid of enemy ships. When a massive fleet materializes on the horizon, he identifies it as Admiral Halsey’s Third Fleet. America is invading the Philippines to cut off Japan from its colonial resources. The Japanese Combined Fleet responds, culminating in the Battle of Leyte Gulf and Charlie facing the ultimate test.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Jean on 12-13-18

Captivating

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

In book five of the Crash Dive Series, Lt. Commander Charles Harrison takes command of the USS Sandtiger. In this story the action takes place in the battle of the Philippines in September of 1944.

The book is well written and researched. There is lots of action and suspense, but unlike the other four books in the series, this book reveals more crew interaction. I particularly enjoy the fact the books are only approximately five hours.

The book is four hours and twenty-three minutes. R. C. Bray does an excellent job narrating the book. Bray is an actor and multi-award-winning narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Improbable Wendell Willkie

  • The Businessman Who Saved the Republican Party and His Country, and Conceived a New World Order
  • By: David Levering Lewis
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

In the wake of one of the most tumultuous conventions in Republican history, the party of Lincoln nominated in 1940 a prominent businessman and Wall Street attorney for president. Though Wendell Willkie would lose to FDR, David Levering Lewis reveals in this news-making reclamation that the story of this Hoosier-born corporate chairman's life is the story of an America that could have been. Popular for his down-home Midwestern charm and unaffected candor, Willkie possessed a supple intellect and a concealed disdain for political opportunism that, had he not died prematurely, would have revolutionized American politics with its advocacy of bipartisanship and social responsibility.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling

  • By Jean on 12-12-18

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Wendell Willkie ran against FDR in the 1940 election and, of course, lost. Professor Lewis provides a new biography of Willkie. I think that what is going on in the country today pointed out some key items about Willkie that might have gone unnoticed in the prior biographies. Willkie is noted for putting the country before party. He also advocated what he called Responsible Bipartisanism.

The book is well written and researched. Lewis brings out the character of Willkie. Lewis is able to reveal Willkie’s life against the background of United States history. The author shows how Willkie was dedicated to Civil Rights and opposed racism. Lewis reveals Willkie’s work with the NAACP. The book appears to be balanced and reveals more about the man than prior biographies. I found this a most fascinating biography and learned a great deal from it.

Paul Levering Lewis is Professor of History at New York University. Lewis won two Pulitzer Prizes for vol. one and two of the biography of W. E. B. DuBois.

The book is twelve hours and forty-eight minutes. Mike Chamberlain does a good job narrating the book. Chamberlain is an actor and voiceover artist.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Oushata Massacre

  • Arrow and Saber, Book 1
  • By: Robert Vaughan
  • Narrated by: Clay Lomakayu
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Fresh from West Point, Second Lieutenant Marcus Cavanaugh arrives with a platoon of recruits from the East into territory seething with Indian trouble. Two Eagles and his renegade band of Cheyenne warriors have broken the peace, raiding railroad crews and wagon trains, slaughtering men, women, and children, then disappearing into the hills. Scouting for Two Eagles' war party, Cavanaugh, at last, discovers their winter village, barely escaping with his life to report back to the fort. But nothing in his military training has prepared him for the danger he encounters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing

  • By Jean on 12-11-18

Engrossing

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

This is a fast passed western. This is my first experience with both the author and the narrator. I was impressed enough to look for more books by both.

The protagonist is 2nd Lieutenant Marcus Cavanaugh. He is fresh from West Point and arrives as Two Eagles of the Cheyenne has gone to war. The story takes place in 1868 in Eastern Colorado. The book is a standard Calvary against the Indians western story. The book is well written and is past paced. The story has lots of information about Army life in the middle 1800s. There is lots of action, but the book is too short to allow for much character development. The book was a great change of pace story. Looking forward to reading more books by Vaughan.

The book is three hours and thirty-nine minutes. Clay Lomakaya does a good job narrating the book. Lomakaya is an actor and audiobook narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • When Women Ruled the World

  • By: Kara Cooney
  • Narrated by: Kara Cooney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

This riveting narrative explores the lives of six remarkable female pharaohs, from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra - women who ruled with real power - and shines a piercing light on our own perceptions of women in power today. Female rulers are a rare phenomenon - but thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, women reigned supreme. But throughout human history, women in positions of power were more often used as political pawns in a male-dominated society. What was so special about ancient Egypt that provided women this kind of access to the highest political office?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Edifying

  • By Jean on 12-10-18

Edifying

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Kara Cooney Ph.D. points out that ancient Egypt was punctuated by periods of rule by women. Many women ruled as regents for their young sons; then advised them privately when they took the throne in their teens.

Cooney reviews the reign of six female pharaohs of the Ptolemaic period that ruled in their own right. They are: Merineth, Neferusobeck, Nefertiti, Tawosret, Hatshepsut and Cleopatra. The author discusses their similarities and differences of their reigns. Cooney describes how Hatshepsut and Cleopatra took and held power. The book is well written and meticulously researched. Cooney reveals how these women survived in a male-dominated world. The author points out that women in ancient Egypt had the right to own property, and the right to divorce. I found the book interesting and could not help but make comparisons in my mind to women’s rights today.

I found the book most interesting and will look for more books by the author. Kara Cooney is a Professor of Egyptology at UCLA. The books nine hours and fifteen minutes. Kara Cooney narrated the book herself.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Contact! A Novel of the Pacific War

  • Crash Dive, Book 4
  • By: Craig DiLouie
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

The fourth book in the popular Crash Dive series! Still reeling from the hellish battle in the Japan Sea, Lt. Commander Charlie Harrison returns from Prospective Commanding Officer School to find the Sandtiger languishing in repair while her crew idles. He expects to take command, but the post is given to Captain Howard Saunders. Sandtiger’s orders: Take a team of elite commandos to the island of Saipan to destroy a major coastal gun before 70,000 Marines land on its beaches. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Jean on 12-09-18

Captivating

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

This is book four of the series. Our protagonist Charles Harrison is now a Lt. Commander. He has just graduated from CPO School (Prospective Commanding Officer). On returning to Pearl he finds Captain Howard Sanders has been given command of the USS Sandtiger. The new assignment is to take a team of commandos to Saipan Island.

The book is well written and fast paced. As with the other books in the series, the suspense builds throughout the story. I have enjoyed the series and found the book hard to put down. I particularly like that the books are about five hours. This makes a great change from the longer non-fiction books I have been reading. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

The book is four hours and fifty-four minutes. R. C. Bray does an excellent job narrating the series. Bray is an actor and voice-over artist. He has won the prestigious Audie Award, many Earphone Awards and the Voice Artist Award.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful