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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.
I might. I'm very interested in Presidential history and this book is filled with interesting moments. You can't possibly soak it all in with just one read. But it is 40+ hours so who knows when I will start it again.
Doris Kearns Goodwin's Bully Pulpit. Similar story and similar style (I guess that should be obvious since it is the same author).
Someone with more emotion and with a less faux-sophisticated accent. The book is supposed to be about 19th century politics but for an audience in the 21st Century. To me, the narrator spoke in a way that she thought a 19th century author would speak and she did a terrible job of emphasizing the correct points and using an appropriate tone.
I cried at the end of the book. Obviously everyone knows who this story is going to end but you really do get invested in the characters and when it happens you start to feel what the country must have felt at the time. I felt like I was transported to 1865 and feeling the emotion for the first time.
Worth a read for any Presidential-history junkies but get prepared for a looong listen.
Epic journey through the life and times of Old Abe. I was enthralled with this multi-faceted portrait of this man of the ages. The book weaves through the lives, writings, thoughts and perceptions held of Lincoln by his rivals, contemporaries, their wives, daughters and civil rights leaders fighting for liberty and justice. The political journey and transformation is riveting; one wades through the civil discourse, finally appreciating the epic historical implications of specific decisions and actions... what a masterful navigation of Lincoln's brilliance and humanity.
Too many to depict, but of the personal tragedies endured by Lincoln and Mary, of Chase among others... anytime children come into the scene it impacted me all the more
She's a consistent reader - great overall but there are about 8 words that she literally does not know how to pronounce. If there are indeed editors who listen or help with engineering, this should have been caught and re-recorded. It just sounds bizarre and given the elocution of our subjects, all the more critical that the reader be massively endowed with faultless English.
Revel in this masterful navigation of Lincoln's brilliance and humanity!
I will also say this... this will easily take 100 odd hours to read, it's mammoth. But we could all do with an infusion of some seriously eloquent English. I yearn for the days of letter writing, no texting and emoticons but just good old fashioned reading, writing, elocution, grammar and beauty in thinking before speaking!
I would give a qualified recommendation for this book.
I almost gave up on this title because of the poor narrative performance. Annoying inflections when attempting to speak as any of the characters. Mispronunciations surprising. I finally sped up playback which helped noticeably.
The Gettysburg address. Hearing Ms. Toren read it in its entirety moved me to tears.
She has a very clear voice and enunciates very well. It was always obvious when she was quoting from a document or letter from her changes in inflection, and while she gave a slightly different voice to each person, she didn't overdue the characterization. She really let the history come through by not over-performing.
Lincoln's death, especially the effect it had on the powerful and willful men with whom he had surrounded himself. I was surprised at how emotional I became at the author's description - it's not like I didn't know what was going to happen, after all; still, she gave it an emotional resonance I hadn't expected.
We all know that Lincoln was a great president. This book tells us why he was great, and how his greatness was expressed in his words and actions. The development of grudging respect for him among his former rivals, growing into affection and finally love was a hard-won thing, and the author does a wonderful job of taking us through each man's journey. Lincoln is viewed through as many lenses as there are members of his cabinet, and we get a very well-developed picture of him.
I would consider reading another Kerns book after first previewing a free sample.
The performance was ok, the book was not.
I was frustrated. I was expecting an in depth description of Lincoln’s political genus, but what I got was a wordy and breathless description of Washington DC society, complete with descriptions of homes and dinner menus.
Some stories inspire you to think bigger thoughts then normally possible. This book is that inspiration. I can't imagine another man leading our nation through Civil War. But not on his own. His team of hard right and hard left cabinet members is really not different than today's men. But Lincoln was a team builder, not a dictator. A much easier course would be to enlist "yes" men. Lincoln knew the country needed more, much more. I learned a lot from this book. Awesome.
The Bible. The stories of triumph are coupled with those of failure. But that is life. And how you deal with it his what matters most.
Seward being saved from a mortal wound due to the jaw brace worn from his earlier carriage accident. Without the accident, the knife blow would have ended it all then and there.
"Now he belongs to the ages" - Edward Stanton
The author breathes life into this time period and its characters. Very interesting.