This work, purportedly about the election of 1800, actually spends less than 1/4 of its length on the election & the various machinations associated with same. That is a good thing. Rather, it reviews, superficially yet very powerfully, the forces that in the years after 1776 brought forth the Federalists, anti-Federalists & Jeffersonian Republicans, as well as the sideward glance at the first glimmerings of a "political machine" in the hands of Aaron Burr. It is this interpretation of the 2 decades running up to the election that makes the election crystal-clear. This book also has outstanding narration. Someone who speaks with emphasis & doesn't have to be suffered through. The only weakness of the book, frankly, is the short section that follows the events of the elections, which treads on very well worn ground (Burr's post 1800 shenanigans, Hamilton, Jefferson/Adams correspondence) & does not add anything substantial to the record here. A very small complaint. It still deserves 5 stars in by book.
If you haven't read Updike, this is a great introduction. It has excellent readers (including Updike himself on a couple of stories) & it typifies his close examination of the lives-&-loves of middle-class WASP life ... lives that have echoes in any ethnic group & really in any developed society or the middle-class of a developing one. The stories are written in such a way that you cannot fail to be drawn into the concerns of the characters, to feel sympathy/empathy for them, in accordance with your own experience. This is a "light" piece in the repertoire of Audible. Good to have it in between two heavy history works or other "challenging" books. A good respite, and very entertaining.
Everyone should read Jane Austen. Her work (and that of such slightly later contemporaries as the Brontes, Dickens & Trollope) are the roots of all of literature we read today. But unlike other writers whose works show their age and are hence hard to read and to draw parallels to today's world, this is not the case for Austen. Sense & Sensibility is one of the better of her 6 books. Juliet Stevenson's narration is terrific.