An important part of history so well presented in all respects I felt a part of it. It has made me want to here more from both author and narrator.
Husband for 40 years, retired CHP sergeant, photographer, father of 2, grandfather of 3. Love audiobooks. My interests are dominated, but not exclusively historical.
I love long audiobooks and this one exceeded my expectations. The author places the reader in the midst of history in the making, revealing the personalities, conflicts, dreams and aspirations of Lincoln and the members of his unique cabinet. A truly inspirational and educational experience.
I liked Lincoln before, but now I'm in love. The author provides such details from so many documents, but it feels as if I'm sitting and listening to a friend. This book is absolutely amazing in how it tells about the President by offering insight into those closest around him.
In chapter 41 of the audio file, a passage regarding Lincoln's refusal to read General Rosencranz' letter is repeated? Has anyone else noticed this?
I have never read a more thoroughly enjoyable biography. Robert Caro's biographies of Johnson are the only comparable works I have had the pleasure of reading or listening to.
Businessman, Technologist, Marketer. Loves to learn and enjoys books. Mostly nonfiction plus historic novels.
After reading all of Walter Isaacson's biographies, I was looking forward to learn about the life of Lincoln. Water has a unique gift in making a long story entertaining, useful, and engaging. This book just shows how hard it is to do it right.
Listening to Team of Rivals feels more like listening to a researcher that wanted to communicate all the knowledge they have on a subject, rather than walking you through a story, the interesting facts, and the nuggets of wisdom we should learn from it.
Honestly, I was unable to listen to the entire audiobook. This is not a book for me.
I learned a great deal while listening to Team of Rivals. However, there were so many characters and events that it was hard to take it all in with one book. It is interesting how we all learn about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War in school; but this book really did highlight some details that you will never learn from your k-12 classroom. You will learn the details of how the civil war started; you will get a sense of the Republican primary and how Lincoln got the nomination against many odds. Quite different than today's primary elections. And you get a great sense of how Abraham Lincoln changed while in office. This is not talked about in most history books. It is great to contrast the Presidency then to now and see how so many current presidents could do so much better if they would take Lincoln's lead.
This is one of the best audiobooks I have purchased from audible, this and 1Q84.
the Prez. He was incredible.
It took a little time to get into the book. But once that happened it was like a suspense story--even though I knew the ending. What a wonderful experience.
awful. had to listen on 2x speed. there are like 6 second pauses between sentences.
This is a great book with a great ending. I gave it 4 because i found it a little boring at some parts. Its a lot of the same story...lincoln magnanimity to his "rivals" and how he uses everyone effectively. It is good and gives you a better appreciation for Lincoln than i had.