I almost did not buy this book because to the review comments concerning the technical issues. There are a few skips but considering the length of the recording they are minor. I did love this book because it covers a period in history that you never seemed to get to in school. Since I was born in 1955 it was very intersting to hear about happenings since my birth many of them I have some memory of. The author interjects tid bits of popular culture now and then which I enjoyed.
Unbiased History Lesson! Stuff you've forgotten from those Jr. High & HS lesson, recapped here. Fabulous to look back at the lives and times of leaders in years gone by. Hours and hours of interesting stories. Makes you wish, you could've lived 100 years ago to see all the amazing things that have happened over time.
An excellent book, unfortunately the audio quality is so poor it is very difficult to make sense of several chapters. I have informed Audible twice over the past year and re-downloaded an only slightly improved version.
William Manchester has written a wonderful, 40-year epic history of the United States, very dense with details that you can easily visualize. The narrator of this audiobook speaks very fast, perhaps trying to fit all 1300 pages into a predetermined recording space. Because of the rapid-fire information that's coming at you, you have to pay attention to what's being said even more than usual; so when the numerous skips and other technical problems occur, the experience becomes incredibly frustrating. Especially since the skips obscure information that the listener needs in order to understand the context of what comes next. Personally, I wish I had never bought this recording.
This book is unturnoffable.
It is a gripping reminder of a period of our history that is very relevant to today
Any Barbara Tuchman, which from me is high praise from me
It was ok, not the best reader, but serviceable
I enjoyed this book more than any I've listened to in ages. I wish the book had gone on another 57 hours. Years ago I read most of it and still have my old paperback. It came in handy when I wanted to follow along or when I wanted to quote something for friends. I was born in 1948 so I remember lots of the events from the later parts of the book. Manchester gave me new insights to those events.
I don't think anyone can read aloud as fast as this reader. His reading must have been sped up some. It took a little getting used to.
There isn't much I can add to what other reviewers have already said but I still had to share my enthusiasm for what may be the best history I've read/heard of the 20th century. There are all the major developments but also minor stories that might seem anecdotal but are often representative of the ethos of the time they describe. My remembered consciousness only begins in the 1980s but I imagine that these are all the things people of those times sat around the kitchen table or the workplace water cooler talking about. The sound quality isn't very good with many glitches throughout and long stretches of distortions in chapters 15 and 26. The material was so spectacularily good though that the sound problems didn't appreciably detract from my enjoyment. Highly, highly recommended! 57 1/2 hours might seem long but at the end I just found myself wanting another 50 hours. I just wish there were a similar a-book covering the following 40 year stretch to the present.
William Manchester is a wonderful historian. His prose is wonderful, and he paints such a nuanced picture of this country. I love the narrative and the texture of the story. The narrator does a remarkable job.
Written like a biography of America, with profiles of important people, story lines covering important events, and broad, colorful descriptions of pop culture, demography, and every day life. Particularly fantastic perspectives on political events, from the perspective someone who lived though all of these events (the author was born in 1922), with many of these events covered during the 17 years in which this book was written (1957-1974). Without a doubt, this is what allowed the author to give this book it's remarkable, almost autobiographical feel.