This book was recommended to me by a friend. normally American history doesn't hold much interest for me so I was happy to discover just how much I enjoyed this novel.
The story telling was wonderful, the written narrative balanced the facts and a great writing style. Now it is a long book however the historical characters come alive and you get this amazing look into the history of not just one man but a growing nation. So don't let the length scare you.
I highly recommend this book. From the writing to storytelling, the research and care taken to give us a view into history is just incredibly well done and approachable.
Wonderful. It was comprehensive in that it had personal anecdotes about those on the union side, including reasons for the choices that were made. The sacrifices made by the union government officials is breathtaking.
It's not like I didn't know what I was getting into, but some six or so months after downloading it, and four or five other books heard between, I've finally finished Team of Rivals.
The story is incredible, if maybe a little too fascinated by the material history of the era (I'm just not convinced the colors of dresses at parties is totally relevant to Lincoln's political genius).
The narration is good, though at moments it felt like my grandma was reading it to me (my grandma has a nice voice, so why not!).
Probably because of its length, the audio is compressed quite a bit and so the quality is not as good as many other books.
I'm just glad I finished this dork equivalent of an ultra-marathon.
This story is more relevant now than ever, with our country once again divided along lines that seem irreconcilable. Lincoln proved that one good man can make a difference, one honest man can change history. This is the rest of the story we didn't hear in school, the man who turned failure into victory, adversaries into allies, and guided a country back from the brink of ruin. You won't be disappointed that you spent the hours taking in this great book.
This is by far the longest audio book I have completed, but it was well worth every minute (though I did listen at 1.5 speed). I am by no means either highly interested in politics or history but was fascinated by them both in this incredible portrayal of Lincoln.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I had this book on my shelf for a long time, and couldn't make a dent in it. Audiobooks are a different story, though, and audible saw me through.
It's a fascinating story, and I learned a lot about leadership, politics, and history.
The book probably could have used a good editor, but the subject matter intrigued me. I would bet that most people would find it very tedious at parts, but I didn't, so my review reflects that.
Highly recommend everyone to read this masterpiece. The audiobook version was dreary in the beginning but so addictive once you get used to the narration. I am getting a physical version of the book for my collection.
Impressively researched. The characters really came to life for me. Sometimes though the amount of detail felt unnecessary and annoying. The narrator was formal, perhaps a bit stiff, but for me this fit the feel of the story and was not distracting. Overall, I very much enjoyed this book.