I absolutely loved the print version of this book, and I would hesitate to say that this audio version is better, but it really was better, I think. The narrator's presentation made it exquisitely and palpably rich in a way that my visual reading did not, though, again, I loved reading the visual version.
Doris Kearns Goodwin brings Lincoln and those about him to life. She writes history with as much richness as others write novels. These characters are fully fleshed and richly alive.
At over 40 hours of listening, this book was, perhaps, a little daunting to begin, but that changed in the first chapter, I think; and now that it is finished, I am in grief that I won't be returning to it; 40 hours wasn't long enough. This is a book to savor on the journey of its unfoldment.
I am glad to have read the book in its visual format, and profoundly glad that I followed that up (several years later) with reading it in this absolutely perfect audio format.The narrator, by the way, could not have been better.
the way this book paints Lincoln and the men that would make up his cabinet is superbly done. Each man that Lincoln nominated would bring a unique view to his administration. These men, who had come through all walks of life, worked with one of the greatest presidents this country has ever known. his compassion toward those who shunned him, and the willingness to let bygones be bygones is what made him legendary. It makes you wonder, what the country, what reconstruction would have been like if he had lived. highly recommend it for anyone who loves Lincoln.
I learned more about US History in this book than all my history classes combined. It was amazing to read what made Lincoln so great and just how devistatting his assassination was!
This comprehensive look at the president and his cabinet and his personal friends should be required reading for every potential humanitarian...
Doris enthralls, with her depiction of Lincolns genius, the time and the place...
however the narrator was painfully annoying. I had to try to ignore her condescending, nails on the chalk board tone.
The writing is exceptional. The historical details are surprising and rich providing life for an important period of American history.