The story is easy to follow and fascinating. It intertwines closely related accounts of contemporary giants, Dr Jospeph Lister (pioneer of sterile surgery) and Alexander Graham Bell (inventor of the telephone)
James Garfield is an ideal human being and a rare politician since he is intelligent, honest and was essentially forced into politics without any desire to control other human beings. He was intensely honest, brave and a self made family man with great respect for Black Americans at a time spanning slavery and emancipation. President Garfield is an inspiring human being. The biography reads like a captivating novel. You will not be able to put it down once you are through the second chapter.
The centennial world's fair which was attended by Garfield, Dr Lister and Alexander Graham Bell.
James Garfield's dramatic promotion from janitor to assistant professor at Western Reserve.
Great narration. James Garfield is well worth knowing. His life and story will enrich any listener.
Definitely a newbie
For my first audio edition adventure I would have to say I am rather impressed. Reading a book of this type would prove nearly impossible.
The events that took place immediately after the shooting.
President Garfield followed by Alexander Bell
This book has me feeling amazed about all the suffering that has lead us up to this point.
This book was very exciting! Great story telling!
Heart breaking story.
Garfield's story can best be summed up by John Greenleaf Whittier's words “For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'.”
Detailed Insiteful Dramatic
The glimpses into the everyday lives of the people at the time. Details of all walks of life.
Extremely interesting in the way that the small details about Washington, the people, machines, and technology of the period. So vivid I thought I was watching the movie.
Dont start if you have to stop. Interestingly there is very little political insight woven in. I appriciated the book, author and narrator.
Among the best
James Garfield; a man of character and politician.
He seems fully involved in the subject.
If time allowed.
Excellent, well researched book. Fine reading performance. Overall optimal.
I highly recommend this book. Not only will you be surprised at the origin of the expression "ignorance is bliss," you will also gain knowledge about William McKinley. The most citizens know about this American President is that he was assassinated, but his life and times were fascinating. This was an easy read and will be hard to forget! Candice Millard presented a skillful, interesting true story.
Provoking thought, exciting
Have not found one yet
For me it is easier to follow a story if I can hear it, his voice helps me follow what is happening.
I like most history. This book talks about one of our presidents and his thought process while in the white house.
A very good read.
I’d don’t think I’ve ever listened to—or read—a book with so many awwww moments. It’s packed with real people doing things worthy of a Hollywood movie script: Inventing the first air-conditioner, for example, to ease a dying president’s discomfort in a steamy White House. Meanwhile Alexander Graham Bell amazes as he struggles to develop new technology in time to save a President’s life. But he’s only one of the historical figures we merely thought we knew. Chief among those saying and doing remarkable things is President James A. Garfield who’s clearly the brightest, the bravest, and the best of his generation. Before this book I knew Garfield was assassinated and nothing more. By the final chapter I was mourning his death with the rest of the nation in 1881.
It's hard for me to overstate how much I enjoyed this audiobook. The story is always intriguing, even surprising at times. Even someone not much interested in history will find a lot to enjoy here. It reads like a thriller, despite the fact that the whole world already knows how it ends. And the narration is superb.
In fact, if I had to find a fault with this performance (and this would be nitpicking), it's that the narrator is almost distractingly good. He has a perfectly clear and commanding voice. The book requires a wide variety of accents, both male and female characters, and a general late-nineteenth-century tone, and he handles them all with an impressive fluency. So much so that I sometimes found myself marveling at his skills instead of paying attention to the story.
And when I got back to the story, I marveled again at the author's remarkable knack for knowing exactly which direction to take, which details to mine from what was surely a huge amount of research. It feels like not a word is wasted, and nothing significant is missing. The language is straightforward but not artless, and the overall result is completely satisfying. In short, this audiobook is just downright excellent.