Robert Caro is the master of biography. LBJ is complex and tragic. Grover Gardner is superb. Can't wait for the next volume. Hopefully Gardner will complete the series.
Well researched and a great performer. He recited this book and didn't sound like he is reading. It was very interesting-it flowed well. I hadn't read the first 3 but will probably get volume 5. He presented this from numerous points of view and didn't steer the reader to any one opinion of Mr. Johnson. He left out some of the questionable character flaws - as he was rumored to have alcohol addiction-the book touched on some facts of that- sometimes the dirt on someone intrigues me- but even without too much dirt it was an interesting read. Fascinating section on his and Bobby Kennedy's intense dislike for eachother both before and after JFK's death. So glad I bought this.
I love a good biography that reveals a subject with all his flaws and warts and still makes me care about him. This one rates very high. I snatched up this audiobook on sale, not realizing that it was part of a trilogy. I really wished that I had started with the first book just to see the profound difference between Johnson as a strong effective Senator and later as an emasculated vice-president.
I was initially put off because there was so much material on the Kennedy brothers, but this was essential in understanding Johnson's journey.
Gardner could make the phone book sound interesting.
I was deeply moved by discussion of the Civil Rights bill. Johnson was so invested in this that he risked political suicide because of it. I believe this is why he didn't run for president at a time when he was all but guaranteed the nomination
I found Caro's writing to be very engaging and look forward to his other books.
I knew virtually nothing about LBJ prior to listening to this series of books. I know A LOT more now! It's been an amazing listen and hands down the best written biography I have ever read/listened to.
As this series came to an end, I kept rewinding it back to the previous chapter, trying to hold on for dear life to this treasure of a story. The research conducted by Robert Caro, coupled with the easy manner in which it was delivered audibly by Mr. Grover, have made this journey through the Johnson biography a once in a lifetime experience. Please, Mr.Caro, I beg of you, hurry up and complete this series with the next volume. I feel empty inside now that this last volume is done. Nothing I listen to or read will compare to this masterpiece by the Masters of research and delivery, Caro and Grover.
Kimberly, your most ardent supporter
The picture of the difference between what the patriotic public thinks about how government is run and how it is portrayed here is huge, and dispassionately and convincingly (and matter of factly) detailed. You will not think about government the same again after hearing it unless you were already massively disillusioned and cynical.
The audible version is superb; and the account by Robert Caro extraordinary. A must listen. Highly recommended.
Hope to find the next volume.
Definitely! The amount of detail and passion put into every detail of the period covered in this book makes you want more or at least a have a rerun.
Not a dull moment. The story is in itself fascinating but Caro brings it to life in a way that makes you a first row witness.
Gardner is very special. His reading is just perfect even when you make it faster (2x) which for a book like this is a good idea! I heard the other LBJ book also narrated by Gardner. Just outstanding performance!
It made me understand the complexities of power and politics through a different lense. My appreciation for the political players and the fragility of power is clearly explained. Not only you read about it, you can feel it!
Just amazing! Strongly recommend it.