I accidentally started this book not knowing it was the second of three parts about T.R.
I'm glad I did however and now I cannot wait to go back and listen to the Morris' first book on him.
Teddy was quite the entertainer and bully but he got things done. My favorite part of the book was the short story of his ten year-old son Quinten who was being a little rascal and how T.R. came barreling down the White House lawn and had a stand off. The exchange of vocabulary that ensued was hysterical.
Great book, great stories and great narrator!
As a person who greatly enjoys history and reading/listening to biographies I truly enjoyed Edmund Morris' work and treatment here. An easy read and a great listen, this book documents the presidency of Good Ol' Teddy Roosevelt. The book portrays how his strong moral code, patriotic romanticism and larger than life personality influenced our nation and the world. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a student of history or politics. A well crafted window into the past of our nation and power players of the time that surrounded President Roosevelt.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes detailed political intrigue and strategy.
The narrator was awful. He was very monotone and unbelievably slow. I found it impossible to listen at anything less than 1.5x speed. It was difficult at times to tell which sentences were quotes and who was being quoted because his inflection never changes. Mark Deakins narrated the first book in the series and narrates the final book in the series. I wish he'd also narrated this one and I look forward to getting back to him.
This book focuses mainly on TR's political maneuvering and does so in great detail. If you like that sort of thing then this book is for you. This barely touched on his family life or any adventures he may have had outside of his political life, which is what I think made him such an interesting person. There are occasional anecdotes outside of the political sphere which kept me interested enough to get thru it though. Another thing I was very disappointed with is that it just breezed over is environmental conservation policies and at one point simply listed the number of national parks and monuments he created. I for one was particularly interested to hear about his fight to protect the Grand Canyon but there was merely a single sentence noting that it happened. The first book in the series was just the opposite, more personal story than political detail. I'm hoping that the third book, being his post presidency story, will be more of the same.
the production quality of this audio book was not up to the standards of the other two in the series. The audio would skip and repeat itself and the audio chapters were nowhere near aligned with the book
Theodore Rex and its subject are fascinating and captivating, but the narrator manages to make a man as exciting as Roosevelt seem boring and ordinary.
The story focuses primarily on Roosevelt's policy and administration which makes it much drier than the first book. However a must read before venturing to the third book. Listen to rise of Theodore Roosevelt before this one.
In the top half
interesting story competently told by author
The editing is awful! On several occasions the narrator repeats the exact same sentence, back to back
Thoedore Rex, now with proper editing!
Truly, did anybody give a proof listen to this before releasing it?
The almost novel like quality of the biography, it keeps you enraptured. But the details and descriptions of political conditions both within Washington and relations abroad are nevertheless well recorded.
Teddy Roosevelt of course, love or hate his legacy you can help admiring the man. Though if Teddy's son had been born early enough to feature a little more prominently in this work, Quentin might have stolen the top spot.
The reading was done very well, but the editing had errors. At the end of chapters sentences repeat.
The reader was difficult. He is a slow reader. Once I figured out how to do it I listened to the rest of the book, about two thirds of it, in 2x speed without any noticeable loss of substance. The reader must also be fluent in French. The French is great but everything seems a little French or neuter. The French emphasis brings out the author's failure to translate some phrases but that may be my fault since I am not familiar with common French and Latin phrases. Perhaps it is because the reader of the first and third volumes is so good but the voice of this reader does not distinguish text from quote or from one person from another, something at which the reader of the other two is excellent.
Being the second in a triology, the book is necessary.
The production quality is difficult. The first and third volumes are very well done. In the other two, each chapter has its own audio file. This second one does not. The worst part is that there are more than 15 occasions when the audio repeats 5 to 20 seconds of the book. Once or even up to three times would be passable but over 15 was excessive.