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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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DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN IS A "STANDOUT" IN MY OPINION

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

NO ORDINARY TIME so far for me ranks in the top five I have listened to. I am a non=fiction junkie and I love reading/listening to lives that read like a novel.

What was one of the most memorable moments of No Ordinary Time?

The most memorable moments for me was knowing that Frankin Roosevelt was able to;rise above his afflictions and in spite of them, he rose to such a lofty height Just listening to his various struggles was very inspiring.

What about Nelson Runger’s performance did you like?

Contrary to what many have said, I enjoyed the pauses and the different voices he used in relating the story. Since this was a rather long book, the various voice changes etc. helped e to remember who was speaking in the narration.

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

No, I listened to this book in several different sittings. In this case, since the book was rather long, I completely listened to the entire book twice to make sure I remembered all that was related.

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Loved it!!!

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great, well voiced, narrative

great, well voice acted by the narrator, and well crafted narrative by Goodwin. recommend to anyone interested in the Roosevelts

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Phenomenal

A must read for anyone interested in how our past as a country, has determined our today!!

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Women's voices

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.

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

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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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Two Powerful Figures in the FDR Presidency

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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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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Impecably researched and still a page turner

Great research went into this book, enabling it to become so personal you feel like laughing or crying right along with the subjects. What, even today, would be considered an unconventional marriage is described objectively and with great respect.

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Extraordinary

What does Nelson Runger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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One of the very best historical characterizations of the time surrounding the Second World War that I have ever read or listened to at any point. I have a much better appreciation for the time, and for the extraordinary humans that populated it.It makes me sad to see what a true leader of the "Arsenal for Democracy" looks like given the depths to which we have fallen now in our national leadership currently. God save us all once again.

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Another amazing DK Goodwin portrait

Anyone interested in the American perspectives of WWII should read this book.

An intimate portrait of the second Roosevelt President