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.
I've been listening to audio books for almost 4 years now I always have the headphones on my head and drives my wife crazy. So I am a hard-core listener and I enjoy nonfiction books. This has to be one of the best I've listened I've listened to two other books about George Washington but this one's the top. The narrator also did a good job. For me George Washington truly is the father of United States. I think Mr. Obama should listen to this audio so he can understand what a real president is. This book also is on the New York Times bestsellers and well worth it. My compliments to the author he did an excellent job writing this book. So don't hesitate absolutely download this book.
This book went on and on about minutia...cut in half makes a much better read
I have subsequently purchased and read this book - it is as good as other Chernow biographices. However I would not listen given the narration. The book is biographical, and the performance was dry.
Hamilton by Chernow
He was not melodic nor enthusiastic when he should have been, droning on during battle descriptions, horse back rides, and other times when ones interest should be piqued.
I couldn't finish it.
Angela at Seven Dogs and a Baby
I know everyone was all about this book in the reviews.. but I honestly couldnt make it past the first thirty minutes. It was dull and dry and not at all what I expected.
Seamless, complete, wanting more
too many to list
I would have liked it better if he had announced every chapter so you can leave it off at he end of each chapter if you'd like. I never had any idea where I was leaving it off because it was chapter one, and then the next time the chapter was announced was Chapter 67. Ridiculous to set up an audio book in this manner.
I thought Mr. Brick should have used more inflections in his voice. He does not sound American, and I thought the even tone was monotonous, and I often thought I had heard this section already because mr. Brick's inflections did not change. Audible should ask what did you like or dislike. AUDIBLE: You are too heavy handed in not wanting negative reviews. You are like a communist country where the individual is silenced or like a totalitarian regime not allowing dissent.
No I didn't want to listen to a 42-hour audio book in one sitting.
AUDIBLE: You are too heavy handed in not wanting or willing to post negative reviews. You are like a communist country where the individual is silenced or like a totalitarian regime not allowing dissent. THIS IS AMERICA: GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH.
The Audible download makes it impossible to know where you are in this 42-hour book. It is supposed to restart where you left off, and several times it didn't. So I missed certain portions. Audible does not state the beginning of each and every chapter, so if you stop, you have no idea where you are in the book. Do not download 42-hour books. Audible is best served by 10-12 hour books. This book was so well written that I now must read the book, which means the time I spent trying to listen to the book was wasted. Audible only prints the 5 star reviews, so no one will ever see this review.
Chet Yarbrough, an audio book addict, exercises two cocker spaniels twice a day with an Ipod in his pocket and earbuds in his ears. Hope these few reviews seduce the public into a similar obsession but walk safely and be aware of the unaware.
Ron Chernow is a respected biographer. He has written biographies of J.P. Morgan, The Warburgs, John D. Rockefeller, Alexander Hamilton, and now ???Washington: A Life???, a 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner for biography.
Chernow provides fascinating glimpses of George Washington, the surveyor, the slave holder, the Virginia Scion, the first President of the United States. Information about America???s great revolution is worth a near 42 hour listen. Like Schiff???s biography of ???Cleopatra???, a reader/listener does learn a great deal about documented facts of a great historical figure. But Washington, like Cleopatra to this reviewer, remains a mystery.
This is an engaging biography of someone we have heard about all our lives, but probably didn't really know that much about. It's a well-written story of Washington's boyhood, his roots and subsequent family, with their many foibles and accomplishments.
This book tells you the good and the bad about him and of the other famous men of his time. It's a wonderful account of the early formation and politics of our government and how the detail were hammered out. It's non-fiction even a fiction lover could love.