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.
Yes. An unknown story of his rivals and supporters employed in his administration.
The background of all the rivals and supporters, family in Lincoln's administration.
Secretary of State
Epilogue, or review of the effect on all participant's in Lincoln's life and administration after his death.
I don't get the reviews for this book. The narrator is downright horrible. Please believe the other reviews about how unemotional and annoying her reading style is. The story moves at a snail's space by dwelling on meaningless details. The narrator compounds this problem with her monotone voice. I stopped listening after 10 hours, because I lost all interest in a subject I find fascinating. If you download this book, good luck getting through it.
I am a retired high school computer teacher. After years of tech reading, I have given up reading for listening while I woodworking.
The intertwining perspective of all of the people involved gave a wonderfully entertaining yet insightful view of the attitudes of the times.
To discover the Lincoln is the only sitting president to actively take part in and be in danger during a war while he was in office..
I think this is the best biography/history I ever read. Using the people surrounding a person to help narrate their lives and time is an excellent idea. It gave me a much better understanding of Lincoln and the Civil war, even though I already knew a great deal about him/it.
Yes. It is a very lengthy account with a lot of information to grasp. I'm sure I would pick up things I missed the first time around.
I found the lives of Kate Chase and her father, Salmon P. Chase particularly interesting.
This book has inspired me to learn a little more about the life of Jefferson Davis, and reminded me of why we still love Lincoln as we do.