I have made a hobby out of reading biographies of the founding fathers. As far as the most engaging and perhaps the most educational of them all crane look read this novel and the ending is almost ready to bring you to tears I know how it turns out.
Ron Chernow has done a great job researching original materials and presenting this compelling story of a hitherto overlooked founding father. I must admit that this reading was precipitated by Miranda's current Broadway hit. Hearing the book and then seeing the musical made both works more impressive. Chernow's biography is encyclopedic, thoroughly documented and meaty. Miranda's musical captures the character of Hamilton in a compressed, syncopated, telegraphic manner that is rare and delicious. (As a rap hater, I had doubts about the musical; those doubts vanished with the opening song.)
Scott Brick's reading was competent and mostly transparent. Chernow's writing reads like a history book, and Brick reads like a history teacher. Chernow's text has a few odd turns of diction, and Brick reads French words like an American.
My husband and I listen to books while traveling in our RV. MUCH better than a print book when navigating the highway. Alexander Hamilton has gripped us from the beginning. It's the book the Broadway musical was inspired by, and I can see why.
Simon Schama's Slaves book was similar, though not as long. This is a LONG book; the faint of heart may want to try the abridged version.
No, this is a book to listen to in sections and think about. The parallels to modern society are very interesting.
A very well written book that shares tremendous insights into what our founding fathers were so committed to accomplishing! Bravo! It is long so audible and some "book reading" worked for me!
I got lost in the political details of the day. I recognize that to be the very reason that many will enjoy it, but for me it was too cumbersome.
This is one of the best books about a political figure I've ever read (listened to), if not THE best. It's incredibly dynamic. There were no parts that I wanted to skip over. I think if I read a print version it actually would have moved swiftly for a 800+ pg door-stopper. The narration was excellent. I would recommend either format. Clearly my decision to pick up this book was inspired the popularity of, and my obsession with, the little musical this book inspired. If there were no connection to HAMILTON, it would be an outstanding piece of work on its own merit! Read this book!
George Snyder 3rd
An inspirational depiction of the life of an American founder and legend, I learned so much from this book!
I was so engrossed by the biography of this amazing man. Despite many years if learning US history in school there was so much I did not know about Alexander Hamilton and the forming of our country. It also was extremely well written and the performance also very well done.