This is a great bio of an amazing individual (whatever one might make of him) and a great business history. The audacity of the man, his ability to spring into whole new areas in the economy, one after another, and quickly grasp and dominate the field, leaves my jaw slack. This works well as a story too, with enough color and detail and new characters appearing, to keep me entertained (between the more finance-techie audios I generally listen to). I can forgive the narration, actually finding it a bit different and quaint, in an alright way, as an archaic Eastern-accented-older guy (the author) paces through his story. If you have the attention span for a book on this big and sweeping of a canvas, perhaps you have the time and temperament for this narration style. The sample displays the writing, style and narration well.
Having recently listened to Robert Caro's latest volume on Lyndon Johnson, this biography suffers from being even longer. Though extremely interesting, the author's narration slows the book down almost painfully, expecially in his insistance on saying "quote"- "end quote" before and after every single utterance. Totally unnecessary. A professional actor would not even feel the need to do this.
I was so surprised when a person I really respect said this was one of the top book he had ever read because I thought Joe Kennedy was "just a rum runner." Not so. He was a 2nd generation American who thoughtfully planned and implemented his life. Lots to learn from his business story.
The author read the book, be sure to utilize the faster narration speed of audible because he is a slow talker.
I am more likely to read it, its a fine book, but the reading is weak, and if you're used to a great narrator, then this will drive you nuts. The author reads his own book, and you can hear pages turn and saliva build up in his mouth as he reads, he also doesn't pace his breathing well. There are reasons that authors hire readers to read their audiobooks for them, and this one should have.
Any history book, its somewhat dry and only interesting if you already find this topic (the history of Boston, the Irish and politics) interesting.
Hire a professional reader
Irish Royalty in America
How has joe's reach not be more visible to people like myself. It was like Forrest Gump, he touched nations history from the shadows and we never saw his fingerprints. He was near achieving greatness that would exceed Jack's until he was ruined by his desperate fear of war that could take his sons from him. His influence over pres./pm /wallstreet/ newspaper barons ,even parliment is hard to believe