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 loved learning more about the life of George Washington. There are so many books on his life out there to choose from and I'm not sure why I chose this one, but it was a good book. It did not sugar coat Washington's life, but did show so many of Washington's qualities that make us think of him as a national hero. I am glad I listened to it. I learned a lot, such as the fact that when he was gravely ill, the doctors drained 5 pints of blood from him because they believed an illness was the result of bad blood. He died, needless to say. I also learned that in spite of never having children of their own, he and Martha raised quite a few children, including two of Martha's children from a previous marriage (the two oldest had passed away), and later her son's children, Eleanor and Washy. (Yes his name was George Washington Custis, and they called him Washy.) I learned that he was never very close to his mother who never seemed to be proud of her son's accomplishments. I learned a lot about his prowess as a general in an unwin-able war, which he managed to win anyway. I learned that he never really wanted to be president of the United States, and never intended to serve a second term, and that he was a very good dancer. And I unlearned a lot, such as the fact that he never cut down a cherry tree, and never said "I cannot tell a lie," although he was a very honest person, and he never had wooden teeth. I learned and unlearned a lot more than this, of course, and I'm glad I got to know this great man a little better. I do honor him and all he did for our country.
Scott Brick is a good narrator, and is in fact many people's favorite. Although I like him, he is not my favorite. I would not listen to a book just because he is narrating it and would certainly not like to listen to him read the phone book. (I would not mind listening to some of my favorite narrators read the phone book - that is my litmus test of a great narrator.) But he does a good job with this rather lengthy book.
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.
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.
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.
What a wonderfully pleasant surprise this book was! I learned SO much more about the Father of our Country than I anticipated.
The story shares countless insights about the man - especailly across the last 45 years of his life, from his service in the French and Indian Wars all the way to his passing in late 1799. The author provides deep insights into the man as husband, patriarch, military leader, a patriot championing independence from England, a humble, principled politician, a man who consistently wrestled with the issue of slavery, and a man with personal faults of his own, especially in handling money.
The performance was outstanding, adding value to my experience with the book.
This book was a truly valuable use of time. I share this last note because the unabridged version is quite lengthy.
Absolutely not. The strained inflections had me re-recording every sentence in my head the moment they were spoken. Scott Brick is trying to hard.
That would be impossible. Too long.