Goodwin provides a very detailed history of Abraham Lincoln's political genius throughout his life. While this story bogs down in the detail once in a while, it was overall a very enjoyable journey through his life and times.
Godwin is so committed to her topic- the parallel biographies of Lincoln and those men who rose to preeminence through the same turbulent time period- the reader is kept riveted from person to person, story to story. Although the reader doesn't do " voices", she speaks so clearly has enough inflection to not be monotonous.
Lincoln , as portrayed by Goodwin really was a giant among men-self-effacing,street-smart, yet compassionate and forgiving. I was impressed how Lincoln was able to win many hearts through his honesty and willingness not to assess blame, malign, or back-bite his peers or subordinates- truly knightly virtues in this day and age. It must have impressed the author as well because it is a point she makes often as she weaves Lincoln's story with others throughout his lifetime.
Although this is a VERY long audio book, it is worth the time invested. It does a very thorough job of covering the political genius of our 16th president chronicling his ups and down politically. At times one is prone to get aggravated at Lincoln for his forgiving spirit but one cannot argue with the results it produced even in extraordinary circumstances.
I thought some more time might have been spent getting more sentiment from his cabinet following the president assassination but after all that went on previously in the book, it does wrap up nicely.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TEXT.
I doubt if there is another source that will provide the same level of insight into the man, his character, and the people who surrounded him. Goodwin's writing style is continually captivating. The narrator is excellent - few are.
It made me believe I was living those times and places. But not to say anything about the great narration, which is the source of the wonder of those times, would be misleading.
Team of Rivals is one of the best books I have ever listened to. So well written, You Laugh, you cry, you anger; you sadden, you appreciate, you yell at these enlightening persons, you want to kill. The emotions Team of Rivals grabs from you are intensely real.
You can not do it, but if you could you bet.
To not listen to this book because you believe it to be tooo many hours, is a big mistake.
I believe some of the persons looking forward to running for President should definitely listen to it.
I enjoyed the book quite a bit and definitely learned a lot about Lincoln I did not know. My only issue was the length considering I usually listen for only 30 minutes at a time. Of course I knew that going in...
I would still highly recommend the book. Lots of lessons for anyone. I have a new appreciate for Lincoln.
From the first sentence this book captivates; with the detailed history of Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet. It is difficult to understand how relevant to this day the politics and tactics of the great politician and statesman Lincoln are.
Any politician should read it and will benefit. Any history lover ought read it.
Lincoln possessed a greatness of moral, of dealing with people, and above all a greatness of character.
I loved this book and recommend listening to it through audiobook, as I did, every morning while commuting and at the treadmill. The book is as long as 'war and peace' and if you're busy with your career as I am, it might be difficult to finish if you attempt to read instead of listen through audiobook.
Suzanne Toren does a masterful job narrating this story which is primarily about men from a male perspective.
There are certainly intriguing female characters in this book but it is first and foremost about Lincoln and his relationships with other men from his father to his colleagues on the judicial circuit to his cabinet, generals and trusted allies.
Most American children are instilled with a respect for Lincoln and in my own education I was early on instructed that Lincoln "freed the slaves" and later came to understand more of his role in the civil war. What most Americans lack is an understanding of the time, the place, the circumstances that brought Lincoln to the presidency and the masterful way that he administered the office.
This book brings Lincoln to life in ways that were certainly new to me and gave me a much deeper appreciation for the humility, courage and humanitarian nature of Lincoln. One of the best compliments I can offer is that after listening to this book I have Lincoln near the top of my "meet anyone from history" list.
This is not a quick listen but the Lincoln story was written over decades and is deserving of the extended telling. This is the story of a modern day figure that shaped the world we live in, regardless of where we live.