Though the term of President Garfield seems ancient history to most of us this story brought to light just how recently it was. Political intrigue, invention, egotism and the state of medical practice all played large parts in the life, and death of our twentieth President.
The writing was clear and flowed well at times evoking awe of the man himself and sorrow at his passing. The narration was well done and switching to tonalities af alternate voices seemed effortless. I enjoyed this book greatly and now find myself wondering why I let it languish in my library of “purchased but un-listened” for so long.
If you are interested in history then I heartily recommend you put “Destiny of the Republic” on your listen to it now list.
I favor history, non-fiction, lectures, and the occasional purely fictitious work. I also listen to many children's books with my family.
Gripping historical tale
Garfield, it's a shame he is hardly known today. Also, Alexander Graham Bell was made both real and simultaneously superhuman ... both men really ... they were just so thoroughly impressive in character and mind.
I find his accents and voice work for various characters to be very good and rarely, if ever, distracting. I'd probably mispronounce various things :)
I didn't want to stop listening, but my life doesn't permit that!
Just great. I liked this a tiny bit better than River of Doubt - but both were fantastic.
interesting, informative, revealing
Garfield himself. He was quite an incredible man, whose death could have been prevented. the doctor who cared (it should be 'killed') was a quack. truly a waste of a life.
Alexander Graham Bell.
James Garfield the President we never knew.
Love to read, and love to hear a book read to me.
Interesting thought-provoking memorable
Vividly brought to life a story I really didn't learn in history class.
Alexander Graham Bell at the world's fair in chapter 1
An exceptional reader made an interesting story even better.
Yes, it is an excellent book that is well-written and well-narrated. The three-pronged approach to the subject: Garfield himself, the assassin Guiteau and Alexander Graham Bell worked well. It also tied in changes in science and medicine, as well as society.
I knew parts of the history involved, but this filled in with wonderful details. I learned alot.
James Garfield was such a nice person. I am glad I learned his story.
The narrative was expertly and entertainingly laid out. It was compelling and thorough. The parallel stories that had a profound effect on the outcome was excellent and linear. Not just a fact based recounting. Garfield is usually quickly discussed in history classes and books, but this book makes you wish he could have been President longer.
Definitely in my Top Five books for 2011!
Great, well narrated, lyrical audiobook on little-known President Garfield, his killer, and especially the state of wound management, crony politicians, and the beginning of the security detail for presidents. Twenty years after Lincoln's assassination, Garfield was never afforded, nor requested, a security detail. Amazingly, it took him nearly three months to die thanks to poor medical care. Even Alexander Bell's early Xray invention is brought to bear. I had no idea of any of Garfield's accomplishments, or that he was one of the few early abolitionists fighting against the Southern Democrats for black suffrage. Great book, perfect length. Only drawback: Bell's Scottish brogue is off, and female voices are falsettoed.
I was thoroughly engrossed in the narrative, it is an amazing congruence of personal brilliance and madness that would have made a great novel. But I found myself wanting to punch my car stereo each time the narrator broke into a character accent. Listening to Mr. Michael try to do Mrs. Garfield's voice almost made me bail on the rest of the book. It might just be me, but I wish all narrators would realize that the interest is in the book, not their vocal acting abilities. Let the story unfold, don't distract with your vocal prowess.
Really well put together story and enlightening story. Even if none of it were true, it would be a great novel, the fact that it's actual history makes it even better.
Millard does a great job of bringing three separate stories together. Each of the three stories are interesting on their own, but she weaves them together very well.