I have listened to this book 3 times since it was released. Having acquired in those years a better understanding of the civil war and it's great personalities, I appreciate this book so much more on this third reading.
It's a true "must read" (must listen:) regardless of your knowledge of the men involved. It's definitely a worthy book about our celebrated President Lincoln.
Doris Kearns Goodwin is truly one of the treasures of modern historical writing. The narrator- Susan Toren is absolutely perfect!!
I highly recommend this to all!
I was surprised by the way this book pulled me in so quickly. The author's writing style made events suspenseful even though I knew from history what was going to happen. She built up the odds against Abraham so that you wondered how he accomplished what he did. You'll also learn a lot about his character and his contemporary's characters. The narrator did a fine job. With such a long book, it is important that the narrator's voice be expressive and easy to listen to and this narrator accomplished this with ease. Abraham Lincoln has become one of my heros as a result of this book. Beautifully done.
Deep, powerful, concise, and containing some excruciating detail of events during Lincoln's presidency, this masterpiece by Goodwin is more of an education than anything else. Upon completion, it is hard to believe that such a man existed.
The stories portrayed in this reading give are very well chosen and credit must be given for the plethora of vantage points considered. Well deserving of the Pulitzer!
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.
Lovely voice, but not the right choice for this book.
The abridged version of this audiobook has a wonderful narrator and the story is fantastic. Very disappointed a different narrator was chosen for the unabridged version.
It was an accurate account of one of the most important times in the history of America. It was full of details that has never been revealed by any other author or book.
How Lincoln's magnanimous personality transcended his whole administration.
Her gift of presentation and knowing when to pause and how long to pause.
The true history of Lincoln.
This book is masterfully done, expertly researched, and wonderfully read. The best analysis of the inner workings of Lincoln's presidency and character I have ever read, and I fancy myself a history buff. Lots of paeans to Lincoln have been written, as his was probably the most important presidency in the relatively brief history of the US. What makes this book special is that Goodwin puts Lincoln into context so thoroughly that it becomes easier to understand why he might have acted as he did, and what the consequences of his actions were, not only on events, but on those who came into contact with him. In a time of " me first" politics and politicians (and what times aren't?), Lincoln never let his ego override his objectives. A wonderful character study!
long but worth it. she captures the tensions, emotions, and strong bonds of his team as well as the context for Lincoln 's advance. in politics. i would listen to it again even I f it took me months to complete again.
Goodwin provides a very detailed history of Abraham Lincoln's political genius throughout his life. While this story bogs down in the detail once in a while, it was overall a very enjoyable journey through his life and times.
Godwin is so committed to her topic- the parallel biographies of Lincoln and those men who rose to preeminence through the same turbulent time period- the reader is kept riveted from person to person, story to story. Although the reader doesn't do " voices", she speaks so clearly has enough inflection to not be monotonous.
Lincoln , as portrayed by Goodwin really was a giant among men-self-effacing,street-smart, yet compassionate and forgiving. I was impressed how Lincoln was able to win many hearts through his honesty and willingness not to assess blame, malign, or back-bite his peers or subordinates- truly knightly virtues in this day and age. It must have impressed the author as well because it is a point she makes often as she weaves Lincoln's story with others throughout his lifetime.