Captivating historical work. The writing is magnificent. The reader is outstanding. The quotations from old letters are truly remarkable.
I really enjoyed this biography. I would take each bit in small bites... sometimes more as time permitted. Listened also to his biography of Hamilton. Interesting to put them side by side in my head as I was listening to the Washington biography second.
Between the writing and production, I felt engrossed by what I was hearing and felt even a tad challenge by some of the dialog because I didn't know, by definition, all of the vocabulary. I was able to piece it together via syntax.
I am looking forward to more books by Mr. Churnow and more performances by Mr. Brick.
Scott Brick is a favorite narrator of mine. I don't normally read biographies as most people just aren't that interesting. George Washington, however, still surprised me after everything that I thought I knew (and was proven false) and by the mountains of things I would've never have known about the man without this superbly written and researched book. A standing O to the writer, and a lifetime of gratitude and respect for the true Father of our Nation.
This was the best book and reading about the Man, the Myth and the Legend! I had to go buy a picture of George Washington to honor this great American Legend! This book presented him in such a way as I never could of envisioned. He became someone who is very real and personable. I shed a tear when Washington died, I cared that much about the man. Bravo Ron Chernow!
I liked the fact that this presented Washington as just a man who tried to live his life to the best of his ability and it just happened to be at the birth of the nation. The story just flowed and there is so much detail but not overbearing or boring.
Scott Brick reads so well, his voice ever so carefully changing tones at the right times. Well done.
I did get genuinely moved when Washington died, having become so invested in the person as presented by Mr. Chernow.
Just WOW! I've played and replayed over and over. Just an amazing experience. Well worth the $$$!
Oh how I love my audio books! I had nearly stopped reading and decided to get some audio to listen to in the car. Alas a new passion was born. I love them!
I loved the personal details in this book. It made Washington human and real. Excellent!
There is plenty of the typically hyperbolic hero worship to be expected from a Washington biography but also a fair accounting of the sometimes hypocritical juxtaposition of the man's ideals relative to his actions on issues of slavery and business. It's an insightful look at the first president and an enjoyable narrative. Brick dies a typically stellar job narrating with clarity and emotion when needed without being distracting or leading the listener towards his own interpretation of the text.
Yes ... if I had the time. Chernow has written a detailed biography that has many mundane, but fascinating details about George Washington's life. He also provides the reader with considerable historical analysis and background of the people and events that impacted Washington.
Learning more about the more devious and political side of Washington's life. This behind the scenes look at the politician and general takes him off of his historical pedestal, but makes him more human and in some ways, more admirable.
Chernow writes many details of Washington's presidency as well as his military exploits. Not many people get to be such a ground breaker instituting not only a new country, but a new way of government. Washington was keenly aware that he would be a model for future presidents. "If Washington did this, then it is okay for me to do this too." Chernow fills in many of the little details and motivations behind Washington's presidency.
This book was fantastic! The reader took me on a journey that completely enlightened me. It was a real page turner. The book also dispelled many rumors currently floating around. My favorite rumor was about his alleged wooden teeth. Read the book and find out the truth. Two facts of caution however. First, the book is very long. So, prepare for a long read. Second, the book is written using advanced vocabulary.