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.
I love history but sometimes Audio is slow. This was excellent. Looked forward to my commute each day to keep unfolding this story. Great listen.
I am glad I listened to it, but it is almost a youth style book in that Garfield and Bell are too good to be true.
A more realistic portrait of Garfield. He was too good to be true.
A good voice. Very easy to listen to.
Garfield's countenance in face of all that pain.
Some interesting facts. I debated hard on whether to give it 3 or 4 stars, but since I was glad to listen to it, I gave it 4.
This three-way biography of U.S. President James Garfield (1881), his assassin, and Alexander Graham Bell tells just enough to be gripping, leaving aside academic details that would slow down all but the most serious historians.
At a time when Americans are disillusioned by their politicians in record numbers, it's refreshing to read about a president who was almost universally trusted to do and say the right thing.
Garfield had political opponents, to be sure, but his strength of character, remarkable rise from humble origins, and--alas--his suffering at the hands of both a crazed gunman and a team of stubborn physicians united the country in ways we can only dream about today.
The author of "River of Doubt" once again brings alive an era--helped ably in this case by reader Paul Michael, whose command of accents animates the story in fine style.
I found this book to be quite fascinating-- a murdered president and the lunatic who shot him, Alexander Graham Bell and Lister and the beginning of germ theory. The book was so clearly written and narrated that it made listening a pleasure.
As a lover of historical non-fiction, I figured I'd like this one, but I LOVED this book. I wanted to keep listening when my work-out was over. The narrator is excellent, the story tells of a time/president I knew little about, and mixed up the plot line between Garfield and Giteau, so that it kept my attention. The story was also sprinkled with people from history, that we all know about, but not the 'little' things. I was truly fascinated by this story - highly, highly recommend it.
A must 'read' if you want to know the whole story of James A Garfield and the entire story surrounding his election, presidency, murder and the many people involved with his life and death. Many little know and interesting facts told in a manner that is quite interesting. If you have any interest in Presidents or an era don't pass this one up.
Compelling, intriguing, well-researched
Learning about a topic about which I knew nothing
Too long for one sitting, but made me want to get back to it as soon as possible
Very well written. After finishing this, I bought two other books by this author on the basis of how much I enjoyed this one.