I have listened to this story twice and will probably listen to it again. In my opinion every student should have to hear about how this country was founded and the tremendous sacrifices given for us. George Washington was in my opinion truly the father of this country he was not alone that's for sure but he was the key to establishing our government.
Super good book. Well worth your time even if it is more then 40 hours. 40 well spent hours.
Husband, father, building contractor, inventor and audio book lover.
This is a long book. Having said that, it may not have been long enough. As the story drew to its natural conclusion, I began to get that feeling one gets on Sunday, when Monday asserts itself on the horizon. A foreboding, if you will. I began to be sad, as if I was to personally experience the death of this great man. In truth, it was quite sad, as the book ended and I felt the personal loss of the father of our country slipping into the history in which he would have so great an influence.
The book is well written and Scott Brick is ever good at what he does. I feel I have a greater understanding of our country both for then and more importantly now. It is truly a miracle that we even made it out of the 1700's.
I think the author did a laudable job of laying out the true character of Washington, both his commendable traits as well as those not so flattering. I came away with what seems to me to be a complete and detailed picture of one of the most, if not the most, important man in the whole history of these United States. I highly recommend this book.
I enjoyed the character of Alexander Hamilton better in a previous book by Chernow but this book on Washington was a better and more interesting read/listen.
I'm not a historian, so I can't speak to the accuracy of this biography, but Washington's life is made entertaining and he feels much more real to me as a character. The narration is excellent as is the pace. I find myself occasionally listening to this in the driveway, when I come home from work. I drive quite a bit for work and this makes the commute much more manageable.
Travel a lot for work and spend a good deal of time in the car.
This was amazing. I learned a whole lot about GW i never knew. There was a whole lot of politicing back then i had no clue.
Simply masterful. Beginning to end. You know the man, his character, his strengths and flaws, and the personal drive and fortunate accidents that led him to become the first leader of our great country.
Highly recommend this book. It was an excellent and in depth story of Washington's life. Everyone should read it.
This is an insight into Washington that I have never read; and I read allot of American History. The drama of the Revolution and its battles would be adequate interest and entertainment but the various profiles as land and slave owner, genreal, president with his personal ltravails is handled with deference to the non-historian. The narration is excellent. I only gave it four stars because ther are some transsitions that surprised me in thier abriptness.
Long commute = Lots of time for audiobooks
This is my first Audible review, so bear with me, but I loved this audio book so much it seemed the perfect place to start.
As a lover of history and biography, I was completely engrossed by this book. Chernow has a gift for storytelling, but his real skill lies in the way he shares his sources and thorough research with his readers. Even when I didn't necessarily agree with his conclusions (which was rare), I implicitly trusted him as a biographer. He frequently shares direct quotations from his sources, lending him credibility and trustworthiness absent from less skilled biographers. When Chernow finds himself with incomplete information, he posits theories based on his own painstaking research, but is careful to let the reader know that they are merely his own theories.
I came away from this book feeling very much as though I knew as much as can be known about one of history's most enigmatic figures. Washington was a difficult man to know well even in his own time. Make no mistake: Washington was a great man. But he was a man, and Chernow helped me appreciate his greatness without shying away from Washington's flaws. Washington's views toward slavery are, to me, one of the most difficult aspects of his personal life to square with his legacy. In the end, I appreciated that Chernow spares no detail and makes no excuses for Washington on this front, but simply gives readers as much information as they can about the topic and shares his own frustration and confusion with Washington's inconsistencies and occasional hypocrisy.
Scott Brick has been one of my favorite narrators since I listened to his reading of "Helter Skelter." I admit his style took a while for me to adjust to - at first his voice struck me as too stiff, too formal. But after hearing a variety of lesser narrators of other books, I have realized that he truly has a gift for clearly expressing the author's words, style, tone, and intention. For nonfiction, he is truly one of the best.