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No Ordinary Time Audiobook

No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II

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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize Winner, History, 1995

No Ordinary Time describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become the preeminent economic and military power in the world.

Using diaries, interviews, and White House records of the president's and first lady's comings and goings, Goodwin paints an intimate portrait of the daily conduct of the presidency during wartime and the Roosevelts' extraordinary constellation of friends, advisers, and family.

Bringing to bear the tools of both history and biography, No Ordinary Time relates the unique story of how Franklin Roosevelt led the nation to victory against seemingly insurmountable odds and, with Eleanor's essential help, forever changed the fabric of American society.

©1995 Doris Kearns Goodwin, All Rights Reserved. (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

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    Andrea 03-05-14
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    "Love Doris Kearns Goodwin!"

    I loved Lincoln and I love this! Doris Kearns Goodwin has a way of making history more interesting than I ever thought it could be. The book weaves facts and history with insight into Eleanor and FDR as human beings with desires and flaws. The WW2 details are incredible. This book will alter your perspective on the state of the world.

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    Laurie United States 02-02-14
    Laurie United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting detail"
    What did you love best about No Ordinary Time?

    The amount of research that Doris Kearns Goodwin puts into her writing is commendable. Knowing that what you are reading or listening to is not historical fiction, but fact based upon evidence is refreshing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eleanor Roosevelt was an amazing woman. Her strength of character and her ideals lead to some of the most radical changes in American culture.


    Have you listened to any of Nelson Runger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to other recordings by Nelson Runger, but this one was good. My only complaint is that some of the pauses between sections were so long that I thought he was moving on to another chapter.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Inside the Roosevelt White House


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, the organization of details is sometimes disjointed, but overall easy to follow the characters through time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    CA Boynton Beach FL 01-09-14
    CA Boynton Beach FL 01-09-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Great history of a remarkable time."
    If you could sum up No Ordinary Time in three words, what would they be?

    This is a must read if you are interested in American history. I am 65 and I have read hundreds of books on WWII. None told the story as well as this book. It is hard to imagine the US in 1939 and to compare the world my parents grew up in and the world I grew up in the 1950's. It has the best analysis of our entry into the war and a better explanation of why the US took some actions or did not take others than any I have every read. Most history book concentrate on what happened. This explains why it happened and the great changes that occurred in the US in the 1940's. If you want to understand things in 2014 you should read or listen to this book.


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    Stan Belmont, NC, United States 10-01-13
    Stan Belmont, NC, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome Book about Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely for anyone interested in the period before and during WWII on the homefront.


    Have you listened to any of Nelson Runger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, he's a very good narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but ended up listening to this book in spurts on many drives.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    TravisD 01-10-13
    TravisD 01-10-13 Member Since 2007

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    What made the experience of listening to No Ordinary Time the most enjoyable?

    What didn't? Seriously, an impeccably researched and written story from a unique period of time. It's long, but I couldn't put it down. I thought I might be tempted to intersperse it with another listen, but not necessary. Wouldn't be a problem if you did.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The storyteller. Doris Kearns Goodwin is a wonderful storyteller who doesn't spare the interesting asides.


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    Tralfaz 06-05-17
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    A must read for anyone interested in how our past as a country, has determined our today!!

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    Julie Phillip Ontario, ca United States 05-18-17
    Julie Phillip Ontario, ca United States 05-18-17 Member Since 2005
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    Would you listen to No Ordinary Time again? Why?

    No. I'm nearly done and anxious for it to be over. The narrator's voices for the characters quickly grew annoying and never got better.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nelson Runger?

    David McCullough.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could have speeded up the narration to 1.25-1.5.

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    Sherry E. Markwart 04-26-17
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    "Important History Considering Current Regime"

    2017: Our current White House could learn a lesson from this history. Please read this.

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    R. A. Steele 04-26-17 Member Since 2014

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    Where does No Ordinary Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Like her Lincoln biography, Goodwin does justice to the other major player in the Presidential sphere, FDR's wife Elanor. I really wish there were more biographers out there willing to detail the many influences that go into the governing of a nation like the US.


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    Claudia 03-21-17
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    "Goodwin brings the people and challenges to life!"
    Would you listen to No Ordinary Time again? Why?

    Once again, Doris Kearns Goodwin brings history to life through exemplary research and a way of telling the facts that makes you feel you are there. Nelson Runger made each character distinct and true. It is hard to believe the state our country was in when FDR took office: all of the domestic problems we had and how unprepared we were for war. I will go back again and again to impress more facts on my memory. With his great political mind and her great heart they brought us through to victory although he died prior to VJ Day.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is too hard to pick just one.


    Which character – as performed by Nelson Runger – was your favorite?

    Winston Churchill


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Could not possibly listen to it in one sitting.


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