Candace Millard takes the listener behind the scenes of the 20th president, medical practices and inventions of the times. The story brings you the humanistic side of history. Actually, this audible prompted me to take a trip to the James A. Garfield Historic Site in Mentor, OH. Well worth the trip.
C. Milliard's book River of Doubt is another wonderful listen.
This shockingly true story is superbly written (and, equally, brilliantly narrated) with details that make it seem like you were, actually, there when it happened. From the language, as it was spoken in the late 19th Century, to the intertwined stories surrounding this presidency.
I'll be searching for more books narrated by Paul Michael, as well.
Very well written and preformed. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in American history.
This is a incredible piece of American history in which Ms.Millard delivers with brilliancy.
I never thought she would be able to top her "RIver of Doubt"( Teddy Roosevelt's journey down the Amazon River) but, she does here. This is an entertaining,sad,but all the time,interesting story of a forgotten President. Highly recommended if you love American history.
Other than the shooting at the hands of Charles Guiteau and brutal treatment by his own doctors, the only thing sadder is how we as a nation, were robbed of James Garfield and how he could have offered so much to our nation. Thanks to Ms. Millard, our 20th president has now become a new hero of mine.
THIS IS A GREAT BOOK! I ENJOYED IT IMMENSELY!
I found the material extremely interesting and well written. Gave just enough background information on the characters to set up the conflict. My only gripe would be about the narrator's accents, which were sometimes a little distracting.
I have not enjoyed a book about a president this much in years. Millard is not only a skilled researcher, she has a true gift for making a faded bit of history both fascinating and relevant.
Insightful, clever, thorough
Team of Rivals - very detailed and offers great insights often overlooked in other books.
Great read...I learned a ton and I really appreciated the details about all of the president's contemporaries.
Learned something about a President I knew almost nothing about.
Outstanding as always.
What a different country we might live in had President Garfield not been struck down so early in his term.
Very well written and brilliantly read.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
When reading long narrative passages, Paul Michael was excellent. But using different voices for every quote, even brief 2-3 word quotes, resulted in a somewhat choppy effect. It became enough of a distraction to bring down the performance score, but I suspect it wasn't the narrator's choice so much as the producer. Either way, I think a straight up reading would have been better.
The tragedy of the horrible suffering Garfield experienced at the hands of a physician who, even by the unenlightened standards of the day, showed only self-serving arrogance even to the grieving family. Alexander Graham Bell's devotion to try and find a way to detect the bullet in an effort to save a good man's life.
Enlightening story of a president who was not well known to me. As the epilogue states, this was a man whose character and courage would sadly be forgotten eventually by the general public. He deserved better from history.