If you are strictly looking for information given to you in a straightforward manner without any attempt to entertain the reader, then you will probably like it, but I like bios with some sense of tone, mood and basic writing craft. The author seems to often just regurgitate information with very little regard to order, organizational structure or storytelling that might please the reader.
Spent way too much time discussing his personal relationships and affairs. I turned it off when he described the physical attributes of a woman he encountered in France. The story of one of the most important people in the history of the world does not need to be spiced up with useless tidbits.
Great performance, good author, paradoxical man. Really enjoyed the reader. Author is not quite as strong as McCullough or Chernow
Addicted to reading traditional books. Overwhelmed by backlog of books to read. If it's early Americana then I want it.
Books, such as this, should be required curriculum in schools. I very much enjoyed this audio book.
This was a wonderful book and a delight to listen. Meacham has written a glorious picture into the life of one of America's greatest icons and given restoration to his just work and deeds.
Yes. I was disappointed in the entire book. Having been reading a string of Presidential bios for the past 3-4 months, including Reagan, Bush (41), Lincoln, Jackson, Washington and Adams, this was the most disappointing. I learned more about Jefferson in David Mccullough's bio of John Adams. Of all of the bios of read (except perhaps W's bio of his father) it was the most one-sided and biased view of the subject. In the afterward, Meacham finally explains himself a bit, but it was too little too late.
Yes, because I've heard him on the radio and think he's intelligent and insightful. But if my only experience with him was this book, my answer would likely be no.
While generally a very steady and pleasant voice, I was left lukewarm on the performer. There were a few often-used words where the performer used unusual forms of the pronunciation (e.g. partisan) and I found some of his inflections to change the tone in a manner that the author probably did not intend.
Taken as a whole this work acts as a prism, separating the many facets of Jefferson's life,
mind and personality. Allowing the independent study of each while never becoming dissociated from the complex matrix of the great man himself.
An superlative performance well befitting the superlative text.