Suzanne Toren does a masterful job narrating this story which is primarily about men from a male perspective.
There are certainly intriguing female characters in this book but it is first and foremost about Lincoln and his relationships with other men from his father to his colleagues on the judicial circuit to his cabinet, generals and trusted allies.
Most American children are instilled with a respect for Lincoln and in my own education I was early on instructed that Lincoln "freed the slaves" and later came to understand more of his role in the civil war. What most Americans lack is an understanding of the time, the place, the circumstances that brought Lincoln to the presidency and the masterful way that he administered the office.
This book brings Lincoln to life in ways that were certainly new to me and gave me a much deeper appreciation for the humility, courage and humanitarian nature of Lincoln. One of the best compliments I can offer is that after listening to this book I have Lincoln near the top of my "meet anyone from history" list.
This is not a quick listen but the Lincoln story was written over decades and is deserving of the extended telling. This is the story of a modern day figure that shaped the world we live in, regardless of where we live.
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.
I have read and loved many works about Lincoln. This has been the best. If America should in the end have but one Lincoln and one Washington, yet we are the most blessed of nations in its leaders among nations.
Great book. You really get to know the man, and the 'man' is really remarkable.
I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about Lincoln.
I have generally grown accustomed to listening to male narration, but this narrator was excellent! I would be happy to listen to her again.