Besides learning so much more about WWII, I felt that I got to know the Roosevelt family and Winston Churchill.
Any of Goodwin's other books.
The President, of course. Mr. Runger did an outstanding job with his narration.
The book is a well rounded commentary of Roosevelt's time in office and what was happening in the USA during the 1930's - 1945.
His reading is lively, engergetic and engaging. He reads history like a novel. Very entertaining as are all his books.
Goodwin (as always) is an entertaining, yet fully informed historian. This book is as close to "un-put-downable" as a biography/history book is likely to get. Her abilty to grasp the interesting coupled with the important is equaled by few.
This is a classic. The story of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt has always fascinated me. Doris Kearns Goodwin has done a magnificent job with this. She covers not only the war years, but goes back and gives us the story of these two amazing people from their early childhood, which lets us know how them came to be the people they were in their middle and later years. Even though I didn't really learn much new from this book, I enjoyed every minute of it. I got very caught up in the story, and was dreading the end because I knew that President Roosevelt would die before the end of the war. Silly, I guess, but that's how good the writing was.
The reader was more than adequate. He was able to change his voice enough so that I was always aware of which character was speaking. I just sort of wish that Ms. Goodwin had read the book herself, because I do like her voice. But that's just my own personal taste.
Whether or not you know the history of this time, the book is a definite "must read".
I have edited 38 national best sellers and had a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This wonderful book discusses WWII from a much more personal perspective than any I've read. While FDR was the politician and brain of the country at this time, Eleanor was the heart and conscience. She discovered her husband's affair when she was in her mid-thirties and thereafter pretty much went her own way, to the great advantage of social causes in the United States. She was a Civil Rights, Women's Rights, and Labor Rights activist throughout these years and prompted profound advances by pressuring her husband about these causes in the White House. I had no idea.
Nelson Runger's narration was excellent. He does a credible imitation of FDR and Churchill, and his delivery for Eleanor was subtly singsong and high pitched.
The Eleanor-Franklin relationship
It was told well. Opinions and amateur psychology was scarce and clearly separated from facts
Don't know. I like to be read to, apparently
A love story
It's a story of the love between Eleanor and Franklin, of the country for both, of both for the country. There isn't much new to me about WWII but context of FDR decisions are clear. Eleanor was much more than most women could be even now. I found myself wanting to ask my parents what it was like living in that time - has it ever been so hopeful since? I'd like to repeal the presidential term limit.
I loved Lincoln and I love this! Doris Kearns Goodwin has a way of making history more interesting than I ever thought it could be. The book weaves facts and history with insight into Eleanor and FDR as human beings with desires and flaws. The WW2 details are incredible. This book will alter your perspective on the state of the world.
The amount of research that Doris Kearns Goodwin puts into her writing is commendable. Knowing that what you are reading or listening to is not historical fiction, but fact based upon evidence is refreshing.
Eleanor Roosevelt was an amazing woman. Her strength of character and her ideals lead to some of the most radical changes in American culture.
I have not listened to other recordings by Nelson Runger, but this one was good. My only complaint is that some of the pauses between sections were so long that I thought he was moving on to another chapter.
Inside the Roosevelt White House
Great story, the organization of details is sometimes disjointed, but overall easy to follow the characters through time.
paperless office maven
This is a must read if you are interested in American history. I am 65 and I have read hundreds of books on WWII. None told the story as well as this book. It is hard to imagine the US in 1939 and to compare the world my parents grew up in and the world I grew up in the 1950's. It has the best analysis of our entry into the war and a better explanation of why the US took some actions or did not take others than any I have every read. Most history book concentrate on what happened. This explains why it happened and the great changes that occurred in the US in the 1940's. If you want to understand things in 2014 you should read or listen to this book.
Definitely for anyone interested in the period before and during WWII on the homefront.
Yes, he's a very good narrator.
Yes, but ended up listening to this book in spurts on many drives.
I am a voracious audiobook listener. I listen to everything: fiction, business, technology, politics...I need an interesting story, intriguing characters, and a fast pace to keep me interested.
Perhaps. I read it BECAUSE Doris Kearns Goodwin had written it. I've seen her on PBS, and I've always liked her work.
Sadly, Mr. Runger, I will be avoiding your narrations in the future.
Ms. Goodwin's thorough research.
1. He has a melodromatic style. Remember Gary Owens, the announcer on "Laugh In" who "over did" his narration. Mr. Runger has that style. Sadly, I fear he is not trying to be ironic or comedic as Mr. Owens certainly was.
2. His women, especially Elanor (Elanor Franklin for goodness sake) were thin, wispy, vapid.
3. I finished the whole book. I did not enjoy it, I ENDURED it. The reading was very, very difficult to abide.