The... reader... reads... so... slow... that... you... will... want... to... listen... to... it... at... 1.25x... or... 1.5x... speed... The reader mispronounces several words, too, but it's a great story -- well told by Goodwin.
We all think we know Lincoln, but Doris Kearns Goodwin captures the essence and shear magnitude of the man. The man who became legend did so through service, empathy, compassion, humor, common sense, and unselfish dedication to the Nation. I have one wish. It is this: that every member of the Legislative, Judicial, and Executive branches of our government will read, internalize, and set as an example this work. I was moved by this account and will give it to every student I am fortunate enough to know and serve.
Just finished my second run through this incredible story. My only complaint is that the narration is a bit too methodical & you need to listen to it sped up 1.25x. Otherwise just fantastic.
I have read and loved many works about Lincoln. This has been the best. If America should in the end have but one Lincoln and one Washington, yet we are the most blessed of nations in its leaders among nations.
Great book. You really get to know the man, and the 'man' is really remarkable.
I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about Lincoln.
I have generally grown accustomed to listening to male narration, but this narrator was excellent! I would be happy to listen to her again.
I thought the best thing about this book is how it explained Lincoln's decision-making process. A wonderful read.
Some other reviews do not give high marks to the narrator. I found the narration to be extremely neutral, in a good way. The content was center stage, and the narration did not draw attention.
I thought divisive partisanship was a relatively new phenomenon. After finishing this book, it is apparent that it has always been with us. The great detail with which this book was written gives a real sense of the sentiment of both sides of the argument regarding slavery.
This book was so well researched, the topic so thoroughly covered, and the style so engaging that I couldn't imagine reading a book about Lincoln and his tenure being more vivid and it's helpful for me to understand who he was in the world he lived in.