BUY THE BOOK, AVOID THE AUDIO BOOK. The text is excellent, but the reader is horrible. She rushes the text, ignores punctuations and lacks inflection. Their is also a very annoying skip in the recording.
I've noticed some objections to the quality of the recording. Not to worry! If there was a problem, it has been solved. Excellent - very listenable. Wonderful book.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Well researched, well written, not so engaging. The lack of engagement could be because, for me, there was no new revelation into who Jefferson was. By no means am I a Jefferson expert, but maybe I've read just enough that this book didn't add anything new.
Supposedly the narration "dropout" issue from the past got fixed, but the narration still sounds weird, like it's been through too many compression steps or just not enough bits. Many sounds just don't come through, and sometimes she (the narrator) sounds synthetic. I enjoyed "His Excellency" by Joseph Ellis and wanted to continue, but the narration is an obstacle.
Narrator Susan O'Malley takes the intriguing subject of Thomas Jefferson and brings all the interpretation and emotion of an automated customer service menu, making this book all but impossible to listen to. Buy the physical or kindle version