Did you ever get the feeling that the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?
This audiobook was something that I truly looked forward to everyday. It was superbly narrated with a clear sound quality. Ironically, I completed the book on Lincoln's birthday. Wonderfully narrated and crystal clear.
The narrator takes time to differentiate the different historical characters "voices" so you know who is talking at all times. I also liked how it was unabridged. I prefer my books to be complete.
William Stanton, the Secretary of War under Lincoln. She was able to capture the gruff and amazing character of this man that I knew very little about.
They already made a film about this book and it was fantastic!
This audio book would be ideal for long car rides, commutes to work or going to the gym.
I have a tendency to skim print books that go over fine details (the 'boring' stuff') but the audio version breathes life into these portions and makes the entire book fascinating.
I didn't have a favorite character but rather I enjoyed understanding the interplay and relationships between all of the characters.
My favorite scene was when Lincoln gave in to his exasperation at Chase and accepted his resignation.
The tag line should be the book title as Team of Rivals says it all.
Don't let the length of this book cause you to not listen. Like any wonderful piece of writing, you will find yourself immersed and time will fly by.
Honest, Forethought, Decisive
Not much a relevant questions, but Lincoln of course was and excellent man and leader. The book shows how he organized other great men to lead us out of some of the darkest times this nation has experienced.
I liked the personal looks into Lincoln's life and personality and how human this book makes him feel.
There are actually some touching parts throughout, but the death and reaction to his death was amazing.
I found that the audio version of this book was great for me, since I would never have finished a book this thick in a timely manner if it were a paper or e-copy. Because I could listen while commuting, cooking, cleaning, etc. while 'reading' I have gotten through it quickly because I always want to listen to this book!At the same time, I plan to buy a paper copy at some point to mark up with notes, making sure that I have all the information straight. This book is full of amazing and thorough research! For me, I will get the most out of it with multiple copies.
There are dozens of incredible moments in this book; since it covers literally all of Lincoln's life as well as those of his main political rivals, you get all the exciting and stories events like the start and battles of the Civil War, the tragic loss of sons, and all the speeches and proclamations. For me, the Emancipation Proclamation was particularly moving to read about, especially within the context of Lincoln's personal history and the opinions of his cabinet.
While Toren thankfully makes it clear which parts of the book are quoted and which are Doris K G's writing, (very valuable in nonfiction, of course!) I did not find that she used separate voices for separate people. Honestly, I think I would have found that to be pretty distracting and inappropriately silly for nonfiction, especially with so many people quoted in the length of the book.
(The only reason for my four stars instead of five is that her 'quote voice' sounds a little bit silly and overdone to me. Not enough to obscure any information, and I am not sure of a better voice to use, but I found it a tad distracting.)
It may seem like a cop-out, but I do believe that Lincoln himself really was my favorite character.
To be honest, I have not entirely finished this book, so my truthful answer is "not yet". However, Lincoln has always been such a real, admirable, and intriguing hostorical character to me, (and more so with every new piece of information that I learn of him) that I feel certain that at some point, be it at his greatest political acts or his death, I will probably be overcome.
Totally worthwhile! Worth the time, worth the cost, (especially if you use a free book coupon for the unabridged version!) and worth the effort to take in all this information. If you are like me, you'll feel like some sort of genius for being so intrigued and engaged in a book that feels as informational and solidly-researched as a textbook. Check it out!
I always get to these books late and after much fanfare. Often my expectations reach too high and I am left disappointed. Not so in this case. Like all great books I want more when finished than before I started. More histories and biographies of these men, and women,and thier time. I did not notice the narration, which I feel is the highest praise I can give to a narrator. It seemed no different than reading. With a book as long as this one is I may not have ever read it, but listening to it turned otherwise tedious and menial tasks into a pleasure.
I think the AMAZING Lincoln made the subject matter wonderful and a MUST for any Lincoln fan. This was/is on my top 5 list at this point.
I think the book putting together the story of Lincoln using his rivals to assist him and befriend them shows what a man he was. What was even more fantastic was how each of his rivals changed their views of him over time. The book bring to light yet more what a person Lincoln was. I can't say enough about the book or the man.
I have no single favorite. The entire book is a favorite.
'Words can not describe the man'.
This book was 40 hours long and the truth is I was never wanting to stop for the day. I also think that any movie of this book could NEVER put into 2 or 3 hours that the 40 hours of listen value. I highly recommend this book!!!!
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A different narrator and putting all "rivals" in the context of Lincoln.
I'm not sure if it was the reader or the way the story is laid out.
Runner, Commuter, Dietitian with a passion for U.S. History.
First class biography as well as a case study of the benefits of self-improvement and the mastery of one's emotions. I knew the facts of Lincoln's presidency, but not the mind and motivations of the man behind it. Goodwin goes deep into the backrounds of not only Lincoln but all four of the main characters to find why they acted as they did. Lincoln, by far the most deprived in social status and formal education, had the ability to tackle seemingly impossible issues calmly and rationally. Goodwin builds a convincing case for Lincoln as the greatest American. I didn't want this book to end and had to fast forward over Good Friday, 1865. Suzanne Toren provides a no-nonsense, concise narration.
Doris Kearns Goodwin obviously works endlessly on research. This audiobook not only educated me, but allowed me to feel as if I were living in the time period and walking the streets of Washington DC during the Civil War. She reveals the complexities of Lincoln and the men who served him and our country so well during this critical time in our history. A quite lengthy piece, I still had a feeling of disappointment when I completed it because it had been such an enjoyable journey. Suzanne Toren's narration was flawless and gave me the feeling and awareness that I was absorbing the author's viewpoint.
Great job portraying what one of the greatest presidents of all time was truly like.
The character president Lincoln possessed is very moving and like no one I have ever known.
I am not really into politics but this book is unreal. I would recommend this book to anyone in a heartbeat!