Lincoln who is arguably the most hilarious, compelling and shrewd character of the 19th century.
This was my first selection. It has made me want more!
the concise manner in which the story progressed.
Both emotions were experienced. Both from the realization of Lincoln's struggles with achieving his goals and he tragic death.
This will be a book I will read again and again. As well as recommend to friends.
I am a from Denmark and my interests are wide spread. Scary stories, Crime stories, Sci-fi, and more, you name it. One of my greater interests is historical fiction, and my favorite author are Jeff Shaara.
As the title indicates, I am not an American. That is why my knowledge of Lincoln was severly limited. Had it not been for the film, I would never have read this book. I never heard of his rivals, seen the memorial.
But even for a European from a small nation, this book proved to be exiting and the carecters captivating. Getting the feeling for theese men, from childhood and forward, was a great help for someone like me. That it is written in an exiting way, helps one get through, the less interestining pages. Surely a captivating book. That we get to Americas crossroad in this book, is of course a help. Unfortainly a president at time of war is quite exiting to read about. Truelly a great book, with descriptions of the people around Lincoln, with great deccriptions. Sometimes names get a little confused, for me, but as a rule, you get the picture very well.
If only politicians, yours and ours would be more like Lincoln, the world would be a better place.
It is said that democracy is based of collected wills. I disagrees. In a true crisis, it is importened to have a leader rise above the rest, taking charge. Making sure internal struggle does not rip us apart. Lincoln was such a man. A good man, in difficult times, raising above petty party politics to lead the country through the struggle.
The story of Abraham Lincoln is fascinating and spellbinding.
Lincoln - a warm, compassionate, incredibly smart man who led our country through a very turbulent period.
Lincoln - Ms. Toren's reading was perfect for this book.
Yes, but way too long. I loved it all.
Kindergartners used to being read to in a sappy, slow, hagiographic style. I kept expecting her to pause and show us the pictures.
Any video from Troy Maclure.
Good Lord, no. No, no, no.
I didn't want to rate down the book, and in all honesty, I couldn't make it past the first half hour. Please do not interpret my low rating against the book itself. 4 stars is a guess from someone who didn't make it more than a half hour in.
Letme be clear: I'm not an idiot or an ADHD-sufferer who can't listen to dry prose. When I gave up on this, I switched to The Decline and Fall of teh Roman Empire by Gibbon. I have enjoyed a great many works most people would call dry as the Sahara. This reader, however, was sssssooooo slow and drawn out. The entire style felt like a bad infomercial, speaking in exalted tones to oversell the product.
Please, just read the GD book. Stop trying to sing the text like a diva who drags out the singing of the Star Spangled Banner into a half-hour ordeal.
I'm sorry I waited so long to listen to this book. So rich with details that bring history to life.
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!