Intensely interesting, thoroughly engaging story overcomes awful narration (why hire a blaring newsreel monotone when highly sensitive narrative inflection is required?). Get past the voice and the occasional weak prose by a first-time author -- who makes amends by providing a gerth of thoroughly-research facts, representations, and historical context -- and enjoy a great, great listen.
This is a very interesting story and overall it is well told. The author, however, tries a bit too hard to make the prose more "interesting" by adding improbable metaphors and extravagent phrasing where more simple phrasing would do. The result of this "purple prose" is that I often found myself laughing outloud at moments that were intended to be climactic! As another reviewer mentioned, the narrator also leaves a bit to be desired. In summary: a very good story reasonably well told.
Just by listening to the first hour becomes apparent that the author had to butter up his subjects. Whether so they would let him write their story at all or charge him less royalty, it doesn't matter. The first character you meet was once successful but is now little more than a sad drunk whose wife and kids left him. However, he is portrayed as a great man, who left his family to live a bachelor's life. This kind of blatant glorification rankles me and I was unable to finish the book. The other reviews are universally good, however, so perhaps I'm the only one annoyed by this flaw. By all means, try this book; but only download the first section so you can return it if you find it irritating.
This was an interesting story, and was good when you heard the interviews at the end, but in my opinion it was totally wrecked by the narrator. Not only was it read without passion, but it was blindingly obvious when he had taken breaks. To be honest I would have rather got an e-book and got my Mac to read it back to me.
I have to say that I am English so maybe I just don't get the US accent, but listen to Outlander read by Davina Porter and you will see what I mean. That takes you to a different place, this just annoyed me.