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text 2017-05-23 04:24
Audible 2 for 1 Credit Sale
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Shana Knizhnik,Irin Carmon,Andi Arndt
The Relic Master: A Novel - Christopher Buckley,James Langton

Well, it took a bit of patience but I managed to find two titles that might be fun to read.

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text 2017-01-26 01:33
Timely Topic: The Great Debate
The Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution - Professor Thomas L. Pangle,The Great Courses,The Great Courses

Interesting information and quite timely considering that the new presidency is less than a week old but the lecturer's voice drove me up a wall; he broke up his phrases in some of the strangest....places. I am going to have to put this one in the re-read pile because I didn't get everything he had to say (mind wandered) and I do want to know more.

 

If it weren't for the lecturer, I would mark this one "highly recommended."

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text 2016-08-24 14:29
Today's daily deal...
Mao's Last Dancer - Li Cunxin,Paul English

You have got to read this book!!! All of you! And you have to see the movie, too.

 

I broke my own rule with this book. Either I will see the movie or I will read the book but not both. But, after seeing the movie--with my mother, who said, "You have got to see this movie,"--I grabbed the book off her shelf because the audio was not available at that time. In fact, the audio has come and gone from the Audible shelves over the past few years because of "rights." So, when it showed up as today's Daily Deal, you know that it took me less than half a second to decide to buy it. The movie shows what the book tells but until you read the book, you don't really understand what the movie is trying to tell you, you don't understand the significance of all the details that are flashing across the screen.

 

This is not just the story of some ballet dancer whose name you might not recognize unless you are from Houston or maybe even Australia, where I believe he lives now. This is also the story of China under Mao as illustrated by the description of one man's childhood.

 

For the record, Li is his surname and Cunxin (pronounced Shwin-Sin) is his given name.

 

 

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review 2016-08-04 15:51
I like my history spoon fed
Turning Points in Modern History - The Great Courses,The Great Courses,Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius

It goes to show that history is not always about upon whose heads rest the crowns and sometimes isn't about what happened but about what didn't happen.

 

I give this one four stars. He's easy to listen to and the lectures are well organized.

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review 2016-07-16 18:58
This one goes in the re-read pile
Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution - Nathaniel Philbrick,Chris Sorensen

My Shakespeare buddies recommended this one and when it turned up as a daily deal, I snapped it up.

 

It is well-written and, except for the fact that he can't pronounced some of the local town names, well narrated. I am going to have to re-read it so that more of the story can sink in. Thank goodness I am not being tested on it.

 

I give this one four and half stars and I am off to see what other titles he has on Audible.

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