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Marie-Elizabeth Finamore

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-16

engaging subject, great performance, history

as a student at Brown University, I loved the John Hay Library. this book presented an opportunity to know the man. little did i know what a delightful and exciting journey that would be! history, from the inside, from the beginning of the Lincoln administration and into the early 20th century~ what a time for our nation and the world! An engaging character, a story well read... I couldn't stop listening!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-16

thought provoking

helpful, thought provoking insights told in a personal manner. author shares data & personal stories that illuminate a journey of healing the heart & spirit. I found it very helpful.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-16

our man in DOD

long, but fascinating. Gates was "the adult in the room" in DC during critical times. happy he was there addressing all the BS that those of us who love our country feared was going on... Reader did a great job w/Gates's voice and tempo.
thank you, Mr. Gates!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-16

fun!

an updated twist on Brother Cadfael~ delightful for lovers of English mysteries :-) well read

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-16

surprised!

I'd heard Babbitt referred to as a negative stereotype of a man... but the man, and hisstruggles, are just as relevant today as in the 1920s. human nature well described, mid-life crisis, ... enjoyed it very much.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-15

edgy, over the top mob action

like a jolt of adrenaline from start to finish! hits all my personal history buttons~
not for everyone.... but if u love the rush, u will love it!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-15

If u love flying, people, WWII~ read this book!

Would you listen to The Wrong Stuff again? Why?

well told, true story~ really enjoyed Truman Smith. tackles heavy topics with grace, charm, humility, and humor.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wrong Stuff?

Truman Smith mentored and antagonist co-pilot, whom he later recommended re-testing for pilot status. a colonel decides to challenge the guy, and challenge him more, and more, and more~ the Smith-trained Ace puts it in the Colonel's face in quite a way!

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

i didn't think so~ it read much better imagining my dad, also a WWII vet, telling the story. this narration seemed a bit too erudite for Smith's personality.

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

no~ enjoyed stretching it out over a few days~ listened as a treat :-)

Any additional comments?

thanks for making this a Daily Deal~ i might not have discovered it otherwise :-)

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-14

vicarious thrills!

What made the experience of listening to AWOL on the Appalachian Trail the most enjoyable?

it has been a dream of mine to hike the entire trail... i appreciated being able to experience it through another hiker's writing. the good, the tough, the ugly.

Who was your favorite character and why?

the author~ he is carries the story

Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

the author~ he is carries the story

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

you can't fool mother nature!

Any additional comments?

if you're an avid outdoors person, or dream of being one, this book is a wonderful read :-)

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-11

just a gem!

had first listened to this wonderful book in a distracted manner... only realizing how great it was toward the end ... so i listened to it again "straight away", as the Brits would say~
although the references to "the bustle of the 19th century" sound quaint, it really brings home how "the more things change, the more they stay the same"... Jerome's witty stories illustrating human nature are so funny and so right on, i laughed out loud. the historical notes along their travelogue down the Thames are also wonderful, as the 3 young men take a boat outing one summer. just a wonderful treat~ i recommend it highly! (it does help to understand British English).

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-11

enjoyed the heck out of it

had seen the movie years ago, and couldn't make heads or tails of it. finally got around to listening to the audio book recently, and REALLY enjoyed it~ Wolfe has real knack for the characters internal dialogue, and, being a NYer, found the book to be an often humorous look at the vanities of everyone, regardless of social strata.
Narration, overall, was spectacular. only minor criticism was the voices of children in the book... a little too much Alvin and the Chipmunks inflection, otherwise flawless.
thanks for putting it on sale, Audible :-)

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