Learning about an event I knew little about.
He did a good job.
I gained a lot of respect for both Garfield and Bell; men of integrity.
I'm not usually one to read historical books, in fact I typically go for scientific ones. However, this book is extraordinary. The story alone is endlessly interesting and Millard's account of it puts it in the most riveting of forms. Exhaustively researched and well formatted. Moreover, Paul Michael's performance is unparalleled. The best performance of an audible book I've listened to so far.
The story itself was fantastic. It was enough to keep me listening despite the very distracting narration. Why on earth do men think they need to put on a high pitched voice to depict women? And the voices used for Garfield, Gateaux, and Bliss were equally distracting and unnecessary for the story telling. The narrator himself had a wonderful voice, but his insistence on creating character voices took away from the enjoyment of the book.
This is an excellent book for anyone who would like to know more about this little-known President, James Garfield. History aficionados and those who love the suspense of a dramatic novel will enjoy this book. The book reveals much about Garfield's private life, including his marriage, infidelity, parenthood and his aversion to seeking The White House. Haunting parallels are revealed between the assassination of President Lincoln and Garfield. Some scenes are filled with sorrow and suffering; others describe the gruesome details of Garfield's wounds, and others reveal the patriotic fervor that enveloped the national after Garfield was shot in 1881.
Portrayals and capturing the times, it gives a portrait of one of the greatest men in American history- that schools never speak of. A man who's measure is needed now more than ever.
Wow! This is one of the best historical non-fiction books I've come across yet! The narration is good and the story is riveting. It's guaranteed to hold your interest.
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.
Why had I never heard of this episode in TDR lore? Exciting, harrowing adventure with heart wrenching warmth. This would be a great car-trip-with-teens listen.