This was a very good book. My only complaint is that the medical descriptions were a little TMI for my taste. But, these are easily skipped over. Fascinating book. It is written in a way that you want to keep listening. I listened to this with my husband and we both enjoyed it together.
Destiny of the Republic was well told, amazingly well researched and a far more fascinating story than I would have guessed before I listened to it. The combination of human greatness, tragedy, madness, genius and even notes of redemption make it a compelling book I strongly recommend to anyone with even a small interest in history, medicine, invention, crime or psychology.
I wish I could forget this book just so I could have the pleasure of hearing it again for the first time.
Live life smell the roses and rejoice.
Absolutely it was riveting and inspiring story
Getting a view to the character and spirit of James Garfield
All were well done.
It is good and certainly worth the credit but just a little bit too gushy over a President who was President for so short a time. A Tragic figure to be sure but the pedestal the author puts him on is a little much. The Assassin could've used more stage time - very interesting that one.
The narrator did an excellent job. No problems there.
No regrets over purchasing this one.
What a surprise
Garfeld's egomaniacal and yet medically backward attending physician was the most fascinating, since it was difficult to believe such a tragedy could be created by one person.
Bell's attempts to locate the bullet with his machine and how he was limited in his examination by the preconceived conclusion of the doctor.
While it didn't make me cry, the book built a sense of impending doom and depression.
A terrific story of what we all were taught in elementary school incorrectly was merely an assassination by a mad man.
One of the best book I've listened to. When I mention Garfield, friends say, "the cat." I've learned he was a great president and was sadly killed by a mad man and his own doctors.
It is so much more than just about the president as the story is intertwined with the historical figures of the time.
Paul Michael's makes the words come alive with his inflections.
When the doctors probed the president right after he was shot in the train station.
I had no idea how great a man James Garfield was. What a tragedy he was assassinated. The story is fascinating.
This is an interesting story, and the narration is well done, but portions of this book are a little dry.
I didn't know anything about the second assassinated President in our nation's brief history. Garfield hadn't wanted to be President. When he was shot on July 2, 1881; he was only four months into his term. He lived eleven long weeks during which he was subjected to unsound medical tests and procedures that, most likely, killed him.
I listed to this book on my long drive to and from work. The book fascinated me and I found myself yelling in disgust at the horrible procedures they put Garfield through. The narrator, Paul Micheal, has a voice that keeps you on the edge of your feet. Candice Millard's writing is top notch. Her research shows in the facts presented. You have a real feel as if this happened last week instead of more than 100 years ago.
This is one of the first audible books that has not put me to sleep. The narrator told the story with great emotion and managed to make the characters come to life. I really felt like I was there, witnessing the events that unfolded leading up to and after the shooting of President Garfield. The only reason it took me so long to finish this book is that I became so emotionally involved that I had to take breaks from listening (I once started crying while listening during my bus commute). This is an important part of our country's history that is often overlooked. It really shows how one event led to the unfolding of the spoils system and the creation of the merit system within the Federal government.
Very engaged in the story, told it with emotion and heart. Even the female characters he voiced came to life.
No (see first coment, above).