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).
No, I try not to listen to the same book twice.
Great story telling
The train scene where the president was shot
Garfield for President!
I learned so much about a man I knew so little.
Garfield's front porch speeches.
I laughed and cried. The author brings you right into the story. I could not stop listening.
What a great man. It is sad that his time was so short as President. If you enjoy American history, this is a must read. HIghly recommend.
Yes to friends interested in history
The advances in medicine I take for granted.
I felt sympathy for the suffering Garfield endured.
Comelling, interesting , and well researched
Getting to know Garfield
When they told Garfield's wife he was shot
This is a very informative, well written popular history book that flows well and is very engaging. I learned about President Garfield's life and the circumstances surrounding his assassination by Charles Guiteau, as well as some biographical information on Alexander Graham Bell, Chester Arthur and Roscoe Conkling. We will never know how Garfield's presidency might have evolved, but from the description of his character in the book, he might have been an excellent leader. Millard's description of Garfield's wound and infection made me wince; his was such a preventable death. I was so involved in the story that I wanted to reach out and shake Garfield's pompous,egoistic doctor, Bliss, who pigheadedly kept every other doctor away from the president. This was a great listen all around - I'm looking forward to reading Millard's other book on Theodore Roosevelt.
The narration by Paul Michael was top-notch. I especially liked his voicing of Alexander Graham Bell.
I had heard from several people that this was a really interesting book. It was. Not a page-turner, but a story of a very good man who is dragged into the presidency. Lister has discovered germs, but the American medical establishment refuses to believe in it so Garfield dies a slow, painful death. It's a story of a madman, a good man and a man who sees his chance for fame. I really enjoyed it.