the book was very good from a historical standpoint. However it was hard to make it through some chapters because of the amount of detail included. No doubt the author did his research. it was just not as fun as the first book to listen to.
Save God's Creation
Theodore Rex ranks as possibly the 4th most audiobook that I like. The rapid-fire delivery by the narrator gives this story a newscast-like voice, as in an interesting documentary. After reading the obligatory TR books featuring his early health issues, his transformation in the West and his rise within the party, I found the nut & bolts content of Theodore Rex very refreshing indeed. Admittedly due to my lack of homework I was surprised to learn that TR had a tough time getting his program through Congress. Previously my impression was that TR was bulletproof: his cause was just and his mind was pure. And finally, because of Theodore Rex I now know the rest of the story about origins of the teddy bear.
Elihu Root. Secretary Root seems to have been the kind of person we'd all like to have as a mentor and leveling agent.
For me the author brought to life the the basic day to day conflicts of a guy who was just one of us while still performing the deeds which made him a legend.
I'd be tempted if only because of the narrator's style. But This is one of those books which requires some quiet assimilation time after 4 or 5 chapters.
The book itself was well written and informative. The audio editing was almost non existent. I lost count how many times a paragraph was repeated. Although the narrator has a wonderful voice he doesn't change cadence enough to convey the full meaning which then made the repeating paragraphs almost fit and therefore all the more confusing. I doubt that the audio engineer listened to any chapters twice.
Let me be clear. Edmund Morris is a fantastic author, and I thoroughly enjoy his retelling of the story of Theodore Roosevelt. He is an excellent researcher and writer. The problem is that Jonathan Marosz is the narrator of this book. WHAT A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. Mark Deakins, who narrates the other two volumes in this triology (The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and Colonel Roosevelt), is FANTASTIC. Why in the world did Deakins not do this second volume? Marosz muffs it terribly. Had I realized how bad Marosz would be--with his subterranean bass voice and his emphasis on the wrong words and his inability even to get into character to capture the high pitched squeals of Teddy--I would have purchased the print volume and just read it quietly in peace and enjoyment. As it is, I am stuck with hearing Marosz for 25 hours and 50 minutes! I can't wait until I done with this second volume so I can move on to volume 3 with Deakins. This is sad because this second volume covers the presidency and is arguably the most important volume of the three. So, dear reader, you have been warned. :)
Edmund Morris's retelling is brilliant, even if the narrator Jonathan Marosz is not.
MARK DEAKINS of course! Who else? Why on earth did Deakins not do all three for crying out loud?! :)
Unsure- havent read print verison
Yes- very detailed story of his life
Eric Dove, Lou Diamond Phillips, RC bray, or Mark Deakins - Mr Marosz needs more inflections to tell quotes, discussions, etc from narration. - not sure if him or the book production but it seems as if several paragraphs are repeated back to back. Almost seems like my player is on 30sec loop but it is not.
The story of the leader of a rising nation during the turn of the 20th century
It seems as if several paragraphs are repeated back to back. Almost seems like my player is on 30sec loop but it is not.
I rather enjoy Edmund Morris's writing, Jonathan Marosz however, makes Ben Stein sound like Henry Rollins.
The story of President Roosevelt's election and second term coupled with his great love of the outdoors and conservation efforts while trying to rein in steel and railroad barons, wall street, and attempting a reform platform make for an interesting narrative. The narrator, unfortunately, was able to suck most of the life out of the story.
Jonathan Marosz has a good voice for things like textbooks. He has an over-educated Harvardesque style of reading which makes his narration sound condescending, dragging the words at the ends of some sentences on for dramatic(?) effect and reading with such a measured tone that I had a hard time getting through the first part. I am pretty sure he is fluent in French since the French words are the only time he sounds animated.
What could have made this better, is Mark Deakins who read the first book "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt". Deakins narration brings a hardy and vital president to life and helped me get through this tome knowing that he narrates the last book of the trilogy.
Tomorrow I intend to plot a straight line on a map from here to there and surmount any obstacle in my way.
This is a great series on a fascinating President who created many National Parks, shot and stuffed every animal and bird he came across, reined in huge trusts, presided over recessions, and was a man of inspirational vigor. Although a hawk, Roosevelt helped negotiate peace between warring nations and won the Nobel Prize.
Speak softly and carry a big stick.
Get Action! Listen to the 3 volume set. the narration on this volume pales in comparison to the other 2, but the story of political power, intrigue, maneuvering, etc. was fascinating. Highly recommended.
I suppose that I would, however, the performer is not pleasant. There are these strange pauses and it is very dry. Perhaps this is unfair because I have just finished "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" which had a AMAZING performance. This is no comparison. In all honesty, this book should be re-recorded with the performer from The Rise.
Interesting levels of intrigue. Really helps one to understand the depth of character and capacity for change that this incredible gentleman (Colonel Roosevelt) possessed.
Most certainly Mark Deakins. I don't believe that anyone can do justice to Theodore Roosevelt like he can. If the book were re-recorded with Mark Deakins, I would rate it 6 stars.
"Roosevelt in the crosshairs, the story of a presidency."
PLEASE re-record Theodore Rex! I would purchase it again with a new narrator.
Just little ol' me
I don't like this author. He makes many unsupported snide remarks that really impacts what he is describing. It takes a lot of effort to discount that. He frequently gives sayings in a foreign language without translating them. It is like he is trying to show how worldly and intelligent he is. I am college educated, but I am not familiar with any languages besides English and Italian. Another thing that takes a lot of getting used to is he gives dates in European format since he is from South Africa. Why would he do that since his audience lives in a country that uses the American date format? He really seems to not care about his audience. I prefer Doris Kearns Goodwin's "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism". She puts some opinion in it, but much less and not snide. You can tell she is anti-war and progressive from how she touts the progressive writers of the time. I chose this book to get a different perspective and learn additional events. I got a different perspective that was detrimental to the history. He definitely covered things Doris didn't cover or briefly covered. However, the events she did cover were covered much, much better. He just gave petty details about the scene or what people wore. Doris gave more detail on what actually occurred between different people in the event in a lot of detail where you really get involved in the story.
Some times the story droned on where I couldn't wait for the topic to finish. I am not sure if it was the story or the narrator. I have a feeling it wass the narrator. It does take some getting used his narration. The audio production had a lot of problems. About ten seconds of the audio was repeated twice many times. The audio book was broken into many small 12-15 minute parts, but there was no rationale when it was broken up. Very frequently, it was done in the middle of a chapter.