The narration is flawless...Mr. Brick's voice is how I would imagine Washington's would be.
I passed every history test I ever took, and retained nothing. Now at this stage of life I desire knowing how this great country came to be, and this book gives that information from the perspective of its father.
Washington! Also the dynamic between Alexander Hamilton and George Washington was portrayed magnificently. Mr. Brick gave by far the best audiobook performance I have experienced to date.
I often cried at the impeccable work ethic and moral fortitude that gave birth to the free life I know today. I am infintely grateful to this book's author and the narrator for devoting themselves to producing it.
I no longer feel utterly ignorant about my country's history, and now am enjoying a newborn curiosity about what happened next, after the era of President Washington. I also wish I could learn to speak as eloquently as they all did then...our language has gorgeous roots.
Honest, fair appraisal
Ron Chernow's biography of Hamilton - the two books dovetail nicely, in covering much fo the same territory through different perspectives.
This was a long book but I listened to it intently and through to the end. So much of Washington's history is relevant to our politics today, especially when the supposed wishes and desires of the Founding Fathers are hurled about so casually. With the focus (obviously) on Washington, the book fills in many of the gaps I had in my knowledge of the early days of our country. Chernow does a good job of portraying a very admirable Washington without glossing over his shortcomings and human foibles. He also does a good job of trying to describe the mind-boggling and inexplicable oxymoron of the harsh slave owner who is at the same time against slavery as an institution. All in all a good and worthwhile book.
Cheers to Ron Chernow who fascinated me for a two month listening period and made me understand how great a figure in American history was George Washington. His description of Washington's rise to head the Continental Army and his bravery and loyalty to his rag tag army is spectacular. The description of the Continental Congress as it lurched toward democracy is so well told. The infighting of the colonial politicians is as bad as the current status. When a well known cabinet member refused to go to Washington's funeral you understand what when on. Five Stars all around.
I have found this book a riveting listen during my daily commute over the past few weeks. A lengthy tome, it kept my interest by revealing the President and First Lady as the real people they were, challenged by the finances, the slavery question, and the pivotal roles they played in the creation of country and a new form of government. A must read for anyone seeking to understand the formation of our country and the dynamics of the Revolutionary Era.
No. So much of the book was fascinating, but it was punctuated with much trivial minutae that would make it impossible to hear again. They were pesky weeds in a magnificent garden.
I encourage listening to it though, as this portrayal of Washington compellingly makes you see and comprehend his greatness
Washington's struggles at Valley Forge made a folly of any problems with endurance that I might have ever had.
His intonations, inflections, pitch, and rhythm were superior and consistent throughout this long reading.
I suspect this book is longer than the average audible book, so you need to allot significant time for it
This is a fantastic book on George Washington. He was an amazing man and the author manages to show this and still reveal all his foibles as well. Very engrossing. My favorite part so far (not finished yet!) is an English officer, leaving New York late due to retrieving some personal items after all the British were supposed to be out of New York was astonished by how peaceful the city was. He wrote somewhere that they'd held the city for 7 years and had not managed to control the people nor keep the peace yet here the city was, completely at peace and serene on it's own. He said something to the effect that 'these people knew how to govern themselves yet could not be governed by others.' I really liked little touches like that.
If you're already a George Washington fan, this book will tell you just about everything there is to know about him. He will come across as a real human being, sometimes petty, sometimes jealous - yet all the more impressive for it all. What he accomplished was truly astounding and at times it appears he did it all by himself.
Very thorough biography on Washington that basically covers his entire life-- soup to nuts. The book also manages to give you a high level view of some of the other founding fathers & his contemporaries (ie- Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton, Adams, Paine, et al) and goes in depth as to Washington's relationship with each of them. For the most part, Washington became the glue that kept these personalities and a young nation from fracturing before it had a chance to get rolling. Amazing man with uncompromising ethics and character... much much different from modern day presidents.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
Who knew there was so much we didn't know about George Washington? Or that it would take five whole audible volumes to tell it all? Though really long, I did enjoy listening and learning from this book. Some reviewers have mentioned that the author is skimming over the flaws in Washington's character, but I do not agree. I think he has presented a balanced view of a real human being in the context of history. How can we expect Washington not to have shared the assumptions and prejudices of his time? As presented in this biography, Washington was a man we may not be able to fully understand, but we can appreciate his unique genius and feel fortunate that he was on America's side during such a critical time . I'm not a historian, but I think it's obvious that this book has been well researched and thoughtfully written. The narration is serious, but not uninflected or difficult to listen to -- I can't think of any more lively way the material could be presented. Most of us, I believe, can benefit from Chernow's overall successful attempt to bring to life a man -- and a period in American history -- we too often take for granted. Stick with this one; you'll learn a lot.
An exceptional biography, just enough focus on GW's childhood before moving onto his adult exploits and heroics. In-depth accounts of the French-Indian War and the Revolution as well as his personal life, but I would have liked a little more content on his role at the Constitutional Convention and the second term of his Presidency. Altogether an amazing account of the man's life that gets past the hyperbole to give a three-dimensional account of the human being himself. Scott Brick's stately narration is flawless as always.