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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,245 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin Narrator: Nelson Runger Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781442342545
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “keep[s] company with the best works in the vast Roosevelt canon and will absorb and delight a wide readership.”

    Library Journal

  • Winner of the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for History
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 1995 Ambassador Book Award for Biography/Autobiography

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzie | 2/12/2014

    " fascinating account of the complex relationship between franklin and eleanor roosevelt, two of the most influencial people of the 20th century. without them, we may have lost world war II! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 2/3/2014

    " Well, I finally finished it - and this silly historical book made me CRY at the end! I am either a sap, or Kearns-Goodwin has does it again... Cannot recommend it enough to those who love history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 2/1/2014

    " I gave this book five stars, not because it was a fast-moving page-turner, but because when I finished it I felt a new window had been opened for me to a fascinating part of history. I'm very glad I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancee | 2/1/2014

    " Very informative book about the Roosevelts during WWII. It's not the type of book you can sit down and read from cover to cover. I could only read it in doses, but I learned a lot. If you are not interested in history, I wouldn't recommend this one. However, if you like history books, I would suggest this as a good one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Carson | 1/29/2014

    " Too detailed to engage me. I love this author, but I am not patient enough to get through this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine Stafford | 1/24/2014

    " This is a wonderful read. The book puts the reader directly into the day to day world of the Roosevelts during the war years. If you are not necessarily a history buff, the author gives you enough background information that you have a feel for the time or the situation. If you are a history buff, the added "reminders" are good reminders. Doris Kearns Goodwin writes like she is sitting next to you telling a story. The writing is balanced, in that the reader sees both good and bad qualities of the Roosevelts and the people they interact with on a daily basis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Madigan | 1/23/2014

    " I read this right after Team of Rivals. I prefer team of Rivals but still a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Skip | 1/19/2014

    " Excellent review of FDR before and during three terms as President. A great look at the dealings between FDR and Churchhill during WWII. Well written and very educational. Great historical overview of 1935 to 1945. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Robarts | 1/18/2014

    " Interesting look at a critical time in our histor and the lives of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Slow in places, fascinating in others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/11/2014

    " A well written biography of both Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt. You learn their individual strengths and weaknesses and how they complement each other as a couple. The author does a great job keeping the "story" moving with flashbacks and moving back and forth between the two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua Welbaum | 1/9/2014

    " Wow. how history is suppose to be done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connor Winn | 1/1/2014

    " A great book, but not in the same class as Team of Rivals "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George Kuechmann | 12/16/2013

    " One of the most informative and best written books I have read in many years. So much was packed into each page I had to read it slowly and digest it all. I am a big fan of history and this book taught me a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Viet Le | 12/4/2013

    " It's taken me awhile to get through this book. Not because it's bad mind you. I enjoy the way it alternates between the interpersonal dramas of Franklin and Eleanor with the social/economic/political upheaval going on at the time. Two more weeks and I'll be done. Yay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 6/11/2013

    " really liked this book- "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 5/13/2013

    " I thought team of rivals more fast paced (hah!) but thought this book had so much to impart about history, the individuals and the larger world picture. Recommend "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha Reppert | 8/4/2012

    " Fascinating account of FDR's Presidency, most also his life with Eleanor "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Berinstein | 5/11/2012

    " The homefront during WWII is my favorite area to study and I was pleased to find a lot of tidbits sprinkled in as well as the expected life and times of FDR and Eleanor. I am glad I finally read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 5/21/2011

    " Doris Kearns Goodwin does it again with a great historical biography. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti Dudek | 4/6/2011

    " Another long and detailed book that makes history come alive! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsten | 1/17/2011

    " A bit of a reread, but I think I appreciated it more this time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/25/2010

    " I should not have started this while I was finishing a couple of other books! "

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About the Author
Author Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin won the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. She is also the author of the bestsellers Wait Till Next Year, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. Goodwin was a White House Fellow during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration and taught government courses at Harvard University. She won the Lincoln Prize in 2006 for her book Team of Rivals and is a member of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission advisory board; she is also a political news analyst for NBC, CBS, and ABC, among others, and she lectures around the country. Goodwin lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband.

About the Narrator

Nelson Runger’s voice has been recorded in dozens of audio productions. His ability to convey difficult, scholarly material with eloquence and ease has earned him critical acclaim, including an AudioFile Best Voice in Biography & History for his reading of Nixon and Kissinger.