The narrative was expertly and entertainingly laid out. It was compelling and thorough. The parallel stories that had a profound effect on the outcome was excellent and linear. Not just a fact based recounting. Garfield is usually quickly discussed in history classes and books, but this book makes you wish he could have been President longer.
Definitely in my Top Five books for 2011!
Who knew that there were so many interesting facets involved in the assasignation of Garfield? Many thanks to Millard for making hidden history usually passed over so vitally interesting and engaging. Great research and storytelling and a good narrator made this a very enjoyable book.
I am thankful for learning a lot while enjoying the story.
Garfield was a great orator and among other things an ally to recently freed slaves. This book was a great glimpse into history. It was eye opening to read about the state of the medical profession during this time, see inside the mind of a truly insane person and see how this presidents assasination brought about a few inventions.
Online Grad Student, I prefer audiobooks to bound books. Preferences: history, disasters, Preston/Child, Lee Child
Great, well narrated, lyrical audiobook on little-known President Garfield, his killer, and especially the state of wound management, crony politicians, and the beginning of the security detail for presidents. Twenty years after Lincoln's assassination, Garfield was never afforded, nor requested, a security detail. Amazingly, it took him nearly three months to die thanks to poor medical care. Even Alexander Bell's early Xray invention is brought to bear. I had no idea of any of Garfield's accomplishments, or that he was one of the few early abolitionists fighting against the Southern Democrats for black suffrage. Great book, perfect length. Only drawback: Bell's Scottish brogue is off, and female voices are falsettoed.
Incredible detail in this novel. I was amazed at all the familiar names involved with this tragedy.
This is an outstanding book about the life and assination of President Garfield. The narrator is also very good. You will not be disappointed with this audiobook!
I will NEVER buy another audible book narrated by Paul Michael. I'm not sure how many elementary children Michael believes he is performing for, but as an adult, the corny accents and changes in voice for characters only distract from the story. The story is interesting, and could be engrossing if not for the fingernail on a chalkboard voices Michael comes up with. I wanted to skip by any section with Alexander G. Bell. The absolute worst was the ridiculous voice used for Bell's wife.
Recently I have thoroughly enjoyed books narrated by their authors, and after this disgrace and even more confident that is the way to go.
Too bad - the story could have been fascinating.
Candace Millard takes the listener behind the scenes of the 20th president, medical practices and inventions of the times. The story brings you the humanistic side of history. Actually, this audible prompted me to take a trip to the James A. Garfield Historic Site in Mentor, OH. Well worth the trip.
C. Milliard's book River of Doubt is another wonderful listen.
Very well written and preformed. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in American history.