A must-listen for anyone who's interested in the life and leadership of Abraham Lincoln. A truly superb work.
Absolutely loved this! It is a daunting undertaking, but the hours fly by listening. The life & story of Lincoln & his team, is enthralling.
very long , but very well written. For me there were times I didn't want to quit listening and then other times I was hoping it was over. Pulls you into all the surroundings of Lincoln and the times
excellent narrator - 5*
well researched highlighting Lincolns character and the opinions of his very diverse cabinet, and his masterful administration of it. - 5*
humorous - 3*
This was the first book I've ever listened to about Abraham Lincoln and I really enjoyed it. It was well written and seemed to be well researched. The one thing the book was lacking that I craved was the real Abraham Lincoln and what his though processes were. There were times in the book where the author would talk about how Abraham Lincoln never got mad always forgave, but an hour later she would talk about a time her was got mad and struck back in anger at people. Those are the times I wish she would have gone more in depth about who he was and what made him tick to highlighted the true human nature of Abraham Lincoln. Overall a good book and if you are on the fence about listening to it. Get the book it's well worth the time.
Doris Kearns Goodwin's book is engaging, informative, and well-organized. I highly recommend it. The narration by Suzanne Toren is also quite good, though the sound quality leaves a little something to be desired.
More than that, however, the editing was very poorly done. In between audio clips that were pieced together for this lengthy work, there is an unnatural pause. As the new clip begins, the audio fades in - dropping the first syllable or two of the first line. At one point, Toren begins a paragraph about a member of Lincoln's cabinet (Chase, as I eventually discovered), but his name is completely inaudible. For several sentences afterwards, descriptions of events refer to "he" and "him", but as the the antecedent to these pronouns was swallowed up by the odd "fade in" effect, listeners are completely in the dark as to about whom the narrator is speaking!
There was also at least one moment where clip of about five minutes repeated itself (I think around chapter 20, in a discussion of general Grant).
It's really a shame that the enjoyment of such a good book is frustrated by shoddy editing.