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.
The shooting scene in the train station in Washington.
I enjoyed the convention in Chicago were Garfield is reluctantly "drafted" to run for President.
This is a book that should appeal to anyone fascinated by history, politics, the emergence of technology in 1890s, the 'western frontier ' of the Midwest and of what forces cause the convergence of these as plot lines.
Besides the outstanding book's writing (and research) the author has a clever knack for good dialogue. This is a great book to listen to while driving--city driving or country, leisurely driving. I am lucky. I live in Washington DC so it fascinates me to drive by the modern locations where so many of these events take place. Don't miss out on a great book. THis might be the best Audible book that I have gotten this year. The narrator is terrific--he handles many accents in both genders really well. Some narrators spoil an otherwise very good book. This narrator adds to the story while not distracting the reader. Sometimes is 'sounds' like a well written play for radio.
This would make a great book for anyone planning a vacation or business trip to Washington DC. I'd like to suggest that Audible add a category for travel so that people can download books about the destinations where they plan to travel to.
I liked this book and learning about Garfield. His death was all I really knew anything about so finding out how extraordinary he was was and more about the times, particularly the science of the times, was well worth the time spent . I found the writing to be repetetive, however, and in serious need of a good editor. The performance was very good.