This was by far the best book that I have read/ listened to in a very long time. The author does a beautiful job writing the book through the eyes of personal letters and writings from the people of the time period. This was by the most enjoyable history book that I have ever read.
A, "MUST HAVE!"
I've never listened to another book narrated by Suzanne Toren, but I found her performance only satisfactory! This is no fault of her own. The book covered such an important piece of Time in American History and involve so many complicated Personalities that, in my opinion the Narration needed at 2, if not 3 Narrators! This is only one person's opinion, because it must be said that Toren's narration was pleasing and quite satisfactory. I just felt that multiple narrators might have enhanced the performance !
Yes, be reminded of Lincoln's values and of what it means to be a citizen in a democratic society.
The leadup to and the reading of the Gettysburg Address. Despite my familiarity with the speech, hearing it presented in context and listening to Lincoln's simple, direct, and eternal message was inspiring all over again.
Hard to say.
Yes, at many points.
This is a well written and narrated accounting of the political genius of Abraham Lincoln. Doris Learns Goodwin keep the reader well engaged. Do not let the length of this book intimidate you. When it is over you will be wanting more.
An Audio book is really the only way I can get through a work like this because of time. I have not found a way to read a book and drive safely.
I was engaged in Lincoln's ability to "roll with the punches" and never allow the natural human response for animosity and jealousy to impact his relations with others. A great lesson for everyone.
I could listen to her all day and I did with this extensive work.
The love and devotion that Lincoln's "rivals" developed for him. How he could change their feelings for him and gain not only respect but devotion from those who initially had low opinions of him.
My first experience with Audible but certainly not my last! Thanks
Husband, father, building contractor, inventor and audio book lover.
This is an excellent addition of the other biographies and narratives of the civil war both post and pre. So much is added by the addition of the female perspective that Ms. Kearns Goodwin adds. I enjoyed the back fill of the stories of the men that shaped our country during such a crucial period of the formation of this country. The personality of Lincoln and his dogged principles are highlighted and fleshed out in such a manner as to complete our understanding of this great man, and his family. in a way not hitherto manifested in all the former works about him. I thoroughly enjoyed this reading and recommend it to any history lover out there.
Good, consistent voice work combined with in depth research on all the major players.
For the sheer volume of material I would recommend it to anyone who wishes a work of very broad scope.
The true revelation of the book was how deeply people's feelings ran for one another and were expressed in prosaic emotional terms that made correspondence among many professional colleagues appear, by our standards, to be effusive and eloquent love letters. Personal connections mattered to these men in ways we either do not feel or cannot express to one another today.
Perhaps this is due to what was available to the author but constant references to Lincoln's penchant and gift for storytelling made me want to hear more of these stories. I craved more specific examples of how his narrative abilities helped him manage situations. Then again, perhaps the author did too. There was one technical problem where a lengthy passage is repeated (Grant's Vicksburg campaign). Finally this lengthy work appeared to drift at times especially toward the end.
This was my first audiobook ever and I am hooked!
It's not like I didn't know how Lincoln died, but the death of Lincoln had me crying all the way home from work. I was so into the book and characters it was like being there witnessing it first hand.
I love reading a print page, so can't answer this. My husband and I listened to this book on a long car journey so it was perfect for that purpose.
We loved hearing the past history of all Lincoln's Cabinet, and how they made it to the White House.
Haven't listened to her before.
It's very long. It had to be broken up over the course of several weeks.
this book was very informative and really a fun book to listen to
it made the war come to life and showed truly how great lincoln was. just imagine had he lived.