Before listening to this book I knew little about Garfield -- just the dippy folk song about Charles Guiteau that is now hopelessly stuck in my head. I found the story and the writing absolutely riveting -- as good a history book as I have ever read. The narrator uses different voices and accents for various characters and sometimes that bugged me, but it didn't get in the way of making this an A+ listen.
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.
Like others, I picked this on a whim for a change of pace and based on other reviews. Very engaging story about a president who has always been a footnote to me. I especially enjoyed the way the author tied in the stories of other notable characters of the time, along with their role in the larger story.