There's art and there's craft. Monet and macrame. This is more like macrame. I mean, this is the life of one of the greatest men who ever lived. The subject deserves a great telling. This wasn't it.
Start writing history.
I really liked all the in-depth, historical background information that isn't generally known (by me at least). Democracy and politics was just as ugly and messy then as it is today, but it works out as long as the citizens stay informed & engaged and vote.I also liked the narrator's voice and style. This is important to me as I won't listen very long if I dislike the narration. I've enjoyed other books narrated by Herrmann and that's one reason I chose this book.
The man, Jefferson is fascinating. His words, his thoughts, his life. All just amazing. The book is extremely well written, full of perfect quotes and snippets of the mans life.
The history. Our history, and the creation of this country. Rich with import and bearing on today's society.
Not sure... but Herrmann did a wonderful job. Great voice; perfect for this type of historical biography.
The same as the book title. Or Thomas Jefferson: Words of Freedom.
One of my favoirte audiobooks thus far. A perfect combination of great story and the perfect narrator.
It was very full of facts, some of which made the reading difficult.
It has made me want to learn more about the early history of the country.
Eclectic, Bright, politician
the story of his entire life.
very easy to listen to.
Meacham's work in this book is magnificent.
Halfway through and enjoying this book. It's amazing to learn so much about a guy -- that we learned so much about in school--- but really, we learned very little. Make any sense? Well, I've learned more about Jefferson and the revolution from this book then I remember l
"learning" in school. So, good read, time well spent. Readers and story get 2 thumbs up from me.
I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.
This book is well written and the narrator does a good job. I have listened to a biography of John Adams, which I also enjoyed. This work helps to describe the pace and volatility of the American Revolution. The accounts of his gardens, library, art collections, written word, sportsmanship, contradictions, humanity, slave holding, desires, leadership, etc, etc, etc, are more than I expected.
I've read a few Jefferson biographies before this one (American Sphinx by Joseph Ellis) and books that chronicle Jefferson's times. I learned a lot of new things in Meacham's work, and feel like I have a better understanding of Jefferson as a person, and some of the factors and experiences that movitated the decisions he made. Plus Edward Hermann is fantastic.
For those who have already read several Jefferson biographies you can skip to the last three chapters. I don't think this book is as good as the Brodie biography. The last three chapters are interesting because they discuss the inconsistencies between Jefferson's beliefs vis a vis slavery, and his life as a committed slave owner.
Gave me an insight into the life and times of our founding fathers. A critical book for those interested in how our nation was born.,