Seems like it could be a great story.
An auto reader could have done this better. I finally couldn't stand the weird stress pattern of the narrator, as though he's not even paying attention to the words he reads. Just regularly spaces emphasis on whatever word comes at the intervals .. doesn't matter what the words are - function words like pronouns and prepositions...it's really bizarre that somebody paid for 20+ hours of this narrator- alas- I'll need to read the book in print- Audible credit wasted.
Get a new narrator and start again.
It combines "behind the scenes" history with a contiguous story & also combines biography and non-fiction which are two of my favorites.
The interaction between Presidents which was not previously available in one book.
I enjoyed & learned
A Swedish native living in southern Sweden comuting to Denmark for work each day. A lot of time in the car/train where Audible is a loyal companion.
Yes it was, interesting with the historical facts and the intrigues in the 40 and 50-ies.
Most certainly, well written but no wow.
Yes, he has a clear and energetic voice.
Well, I would like to understand how much time the book took to research.
The book is good, but no real interesting events or facts, some interviews have obviously been done, but most of it is factual from transcripts and other public information. That per se does not add real value or gives the "wow-factor".
Lisa M. Russell
I have NOT read the book, but I enjoyed the audio edition. It was an easy to follow listen. The narrator even attempts a little oral interpretation and voice impressions of the presidents.
The honest interactions between presidents.
Not heard him before, but he is great.
All the presidents, like you have never seen them before.
The overall story is fascinating - extremely interesting to find out what goes on behind the scenes with the presidents and their predecessors - communications, friendships and conflicts of personality. Unfortunately, the narrator's style is a little dry and made for a stop and start listen - if I listened too long the narrator's tone and style put me to sleep, literally.
Sociologist by training, insatiable learner by birth.
Pragmatic. Engaging. Disjointed.
The book was very well thought out with regards to telling the stories of the relationships between the POTUS and his successors/predecessors with as little subjectivity as possible.
The book sometimes jumped between eras with no identifiable reason. For the most part it worked chronologically, but there were points where I couldn't see a connection between the previous discussion and the current one on any logical front.
These influential men of the 20th century have and had tremendous influence on one another. I have always held Richard Nixon in low regard and I certainly feel justified in maintaining that opinion after reading this book. His attempted to maintain his position as president and ex-president without regard to the safety of the citizens of the U.S. Other members of the presidents' club have acquited themselves with honor and dignity. These men, with differing beliefs, can work together to advance the nation's welfare. Too bad our current congress cannot adopt this same attitude.
I loved the "behind the scenes" glimpse this book offered. It was very educational and interesting since I had no idea that there was a club. I will get another book where he reads because he was so good.
Nixon and Clinton. Their relationship was very intriguing.
Bob did such a wonderful job that it is difficult to single out one. He was very even handed in how he portrayed each character. I liked how he read in his voice without trying to mimic any certain president.
No. I was just thoroughly engaged.
Bob Walter's performance was excellent. I did not detect any partisanship. He was very interesting reader.
Good book overall. The first several sections with Truman and Eishenhower are more political history than relationships within "the club" but this improves as the book goes on and there's more info about the actual relationships and interaction of Presidents.
The biggest downfall of this audiobook is the narrator. He speaks in the same exact cadence over and over again. It doesn't matter if he's quoting someone or simply narrating, the cadence, emphasis, etc. is irritatingly repetitive. I could actually give you a voice example mocking his style if I could upload a audio sample here...It's would be comical if it weren't so repetitive. He also does almost zero voice characterizations (acting) so unless you're paying close attention, sometimes you don't know if a President is speaking or a staffer or another political figure. The only exception I noticed was in characterizing LBJ's voice with a bit of a Texan accent, but it's very slight.
Sadly, it's REALLY hard to listen beyond the narrator. He's so distracting that it's hard to listen for very long.
This is one endorsement that I would NOT recommend the audio version, but would recommend the actual book (read it yourself).