Likes: UNBELIEVABLE insight into the man rather than the icon; you come away feeling like you almost really know him.
Dislikes: no way around this one, really, as its side effect of my like: this is a pretty dense book, with many sources quoted and many voices incorporated into the text. The reader does a great job considering this challenge, but this isn't a "casual listen."
Overall: highly recommended!
A thorough narrative of a great man which should be read or listened to by all those mature enough to comprehend the impact of such a wise, noble, yet simple leader upon fellow human beings.
With the often seeming decay of moral fiber today, this work inspires those of good nature and character to think long and hard upon their own lives in that they too may work to gain the esteem of others by earning it with their fair and kind actions as did Abraham Lincoln.
One of the most inspiring books I've had the benefit to enjoy.
moving, without being eloqutious , beautifully written, nicely narrated, comprehensive but not boring, left with a reverence and respect for Lincoln not had before listening, highly recommend to history buffs, the politically inclined, and anyone who loves this country.
I loved this book. The narration was perfect and easy to listen to for hours on end. I always wanted to know more about my favorite president and was delighted to hear this account of his life and the formation of his team of rivals.
I would recommend Team of Rivals with a couple caveats: first, I find the reader on the Audible version (Suzanne Toren) to be both unpleasant and generally obnoxious with her editorial voice inflections; and second, while as a whole the book is extremely well researched, the author does make a few significant assertions about Lincoln without substantiation.
Team of Rivals provides a unique perspective of Lincoln through his interactions with his cabinet. As stated above, Goodwin has done an incredible job researching all the intricate relationships around Lincoln. This book is well worth reading.
I admit that having it read to me was helpful. And having it read as I drove from the PNW to the Midwest was a blessing as it kept me riveted and awake for many miles and hours. I have recommended it numerous times and will continue to do so. I enjoyed the reader's voice but my significant other did not. The detail in this book is mind boggling. The amazing thing is how similar current politics are to that in Lincoln's time. Lincoln's magnanimity, wisdom, and shrewd understand of how to get things accomplished are beyond comprehension.
Liked everything about the book. Although long it seemed like a fresh breeze to listen to. Perhaps it was through Gods providence, these men were brought together under Lincoln's leadership to help our country through a very dark and violent time.