Not being familiar with the team of characters around Lincoln, the book does a great job of presenting them...which is also it's weak point. Editing could have been tried. There are simply 3, 4 or 5 volumes here.
Seperate books would have been better and was called for here.
The best part of this story was the way DKG was able to weave the best of ...oh who am I kidding here; I couldn't finish it. The performance ran me off a great story...
This can was simply too much to overcome. At the beginning of EVERY sentence DKG simply inhales so violently, it seems like each one is her last breath.
if you can somehow blcok out the inhalation drama at the beginning of every break, yes. If not, buy the book.
I for one, could not.
I have edited 38 national best sellers and had a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
I cried at the end of the book when Lincoln died. He had become a living, breathing person to me as a result of reading this incredible book. Last night, a friend of mine told me she had the same welling up of emotion. This book covers Lincoln's whole life, not just his brilliance in selecting his Cabinet, and the backgrounds for his Cabinet members and erstwhile rivals for the presidential nomination are complete and fascinating.
In A Team of Rivals, we get to know Lincoln as a father and husband as well as politician, decision maker, and strategist. He was brilliant and patient. The irony of his assassination by a mad Southerner is that Reconstruction overseen with Lincoln's forgiveness, common sense, and love of the Union would have made things so much less traumatic.
I could not give this book a higher recommendation.
So detailed that I lost interest. Kept coming back to try again, but each time only got interesting info every 30 minutes.
Only got to Volume 2 and couldn't hang on any longer.
Anyone speaking for tens of hours will become distracting.
All the peripherals.
Make a one volume version for those of us who are less historically fervent.
After watching the movie Lincoln, I bought the book Team of Rivals. I got about a 1/3 of the way through it but then got distracted. So glad to have finished it thanks to Audible. Great read.
Unabridged is the way to go. Would have preferred a different reader. Well researched using primary sources to support most of the assumptions.
One of a kind ....Designed by God
Story, performance, subject matter was all amazing. Learning and understanding the masterful way Lincoln selected and managed his cabinet is a further testament to his genius and effectiveness as arguably the greatest leader in the history of this country
The... reader... reads... so... slow... that... you... will... want... to... listen... to... it... at... 1.25x... or... 1.5x... speed... The reader mispronounces several words, too, but it's a great story -- well told by Goodwin.
We all think we know Lincoln, but Doris Kearns Goodwin captures the essence and shear magnitude of the man. The man who became legend did so through service, empathy, compassion, humor, common sense, and unselfish dedication to the Nation. I have one wish. It is this: that every member of the Legislative, Judicial, and Executive branches of our government will read, internalize, and set as an example this work. I was moved by this account and will give it to every student I am fortunate enough to know and serve.
Just finished my second run through this incredible story. My only complaint is that the narration is a bit too methodical & you need to listen to it sped up 1.25x. Otherwise just fantastic.