I suspect the print version might be better. It is a good story about a man I knew little about, clearly an admirable man.
The narrator is really bad. His character voices are laughable, most especially his attempts to muster a female voice; verges on parody. It is a pleasant voice, just not a skilled reader.
It's rare that I enjoyed a book so much that I want to listen to it twice, but this book was great! The intertwined stories about the president, the mad man with the gun, Listers medical advancements and Alexander Graham Bell were fascinating. This technique really helps history jump off of the pages – I learned so much!
The book is well constructed and detailed, and I would recommend it for these. However, the decision to narrate it by attempting to impersonate women's voices in the narrative if they were speaking or being quoted from letters or other documents is regetable.
The narrator should not have attempted to render the statements of the female actors in the story in supposedly feminine voices. It sounded absurd and he didn't differentiate between the voices of the different women sufficiently to make them sound like different individuals.
Narration of audible books should not attempt to dramatize characters's statements, spoken or written, as though they are saying the text as players. It just sounds silly.
It was a very poor choice by the director and narrator to affect the female voices with a phony falsetto high voice. It came across as mocking and derogatory making them sound silly and phoney. It really detracted from the story. Also some of the male characters in the story were known to be effeminate and the narrator also put on a phoney affect to their voices. I really found it offensive. Not a good idea, too bad because the book and story are good.
Interesting. Heartbreaking. Compelling
The compelling story wrapped up in history.
None stand out as a favorite. They were all good.
No. Some of the story created such angst that you wanted to stop to get away from it for awhile. What Mr. Garfield went through from his doctors made me angry and sad and want to step back to recover before continuing. Knowing the ending, of course, took some of the compelling aspect from the conclusion.
The fabulous research that went into this master piece of literary writing is phenomenal. The production and presentation are masterful. I was pleased and encouraged with which the book came alive and the history was laid out in perfect detail.
This well-written book does a great job of portraying a president I had previously known little about. It shows how Garfield's life and death fit in with other historic events of the times