I love to travel and train dogs. I can't seem to find the time to sit down and read so I listen while I'm on my way to...well...anywhere!
George Washington. He was an interesting person.
He read the story---which was long and could of become mundane--with enthusiasm and he made the story a real story not just a biography report.
Yes. Because of the length and detail of the book I find the audio version easier to stay focused and engaged with.
All the historical detail and the development of Washington's personality. The bringing forth of his strengths and weakness's
Has an easy style to listen to. He seems genuinely fascinated by the subject matter.
Not so much moved as fascinated by. Washington's relationship with his mother.
THE MAD KING
That is explained and put into context ideas and practices of the time period.
it was all good
No Washington = No America. Period. A legend in his own time.
I now understand how he is the Father of our country and probably one of the greatest people to have ever lived. I don't say that lightly either; I have read many biographies on many people and Ron Chernow leads us through Washington's life to demonstrate that without Washington, the Revolutionary war would have collapsed, how the constitutional convention would have floundered, and how he molded the first presidency to create a cohesive union of states. Washington was a good man to his core and was so respected by his peers and loved by the people that he was able to create unity where heated differences of belief existed. His presence enabled the very best from all these competing philosophies to emerge and take root in a young, fragile nation.
Thank you Mr. Chernow for writing this book; I appreciate great writing. Also, Scott Brick is great to listen to as well - good choice on a reader.
Historically fascinating. George Washington kept a daily diary from his teens throughout his life, during an extremely trying time in our country's history. I highly recommend this book for any student of history. I was shocked at how little has changed in our political system since Washington's time. Bipartisan bickering was part and parcel of Congress from the formation of our country. It frankly dashed any hope I had of a 21st century reconciliation of political parties. There is apparently nothing to reconcile. They've always been at odds.
My understanding of the Revolutionary War was greatly enhanced. I now have a better understanding of why Washington lost so many battles and yet was still able to win against the all-powerful British Empire.
A couple of caveats about the book. Washington's own papers and journals are extensively quoted throughout the book, but it's often difficult to tell where quotes begin and end. The most annoying part of the book was the author's use of multisyllabic and archaic terms outside the quoted material. The reader will want to keep a dictionary close at hand because the author wore out a thesaurus during the writing of this book.
This was one of my favorite all-time books. Rich, detailed and unbiased history. You will really get to know George Washington and all those who played a part in this country's early history. From war, through the presidency, to death this is a complete history that is well researched and well performed. A great book & a great listen.
As the author stated, he wanted people to see who Washington really was. He accomplished his task by showing us Washington's flaws and strengths.
I truly learned a lot from this book. However, the most memorable moment for me was Washington's views on slavery. I was taught that Washington was a slave owner, end of story. After listening to this biography, it show GW as more of a reluctant slave owner.
I at least 4 Audiobooks that Scott performs on This book is more of a narration that most books I have heard him on. But Scott is a competent performer that makes the 40 hours of this story more enjoyable
No extreme reactions. However, this book did leave me feeling sad. Not because Washington dies at the end (this is not a spoiler, you've had 213 years to hear about it). Rather, knowing the sacrifices Washington made over a 45 year period and the treatment he received from the other founding fathers. What is worse is that he wanted to enjoy the rest of his days in peace at Mt. Vernon
Gaining deep insight into the life of the Father of our country. With all the background information, it is possible to understand why he made the decisions he made.
The description of Washington's commitment to always do the rihht thing, even when he did not want to do something. This was clear when he changed his plans to visit his mother when he thought she had only a short time to live. Washington had a very strained relationship with his mother.
He kept my interest up throughout the entire book.
No. My reaction was more like "That's is amazing, I think I understand why he did some of the things he did.
A treasure trove of honest and fascinating insights into the man and his times. I loved it. It presents Washington as a real person, complete with faults, misjudgements and human frailties. The Washington we learn to love and admire is so much more intersting and inspiring than the card board cut out history books serve up.
It's insights into the man and his era.
General, president, plantation owner
This book is fascinating, and the narration is excellent. Scott Brick gets himself out of the way and reads with great clarity and a very pleasing voice. Excellent!