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.
Although this book was well narrated, the story was very surface and week. There are many, many footnotes. This indicates that the author is writing more for academics than for the general public. I prefer history that is not so paranoid about being factually accurate, but rather brings to life the characters being discussed.
This is a wonderful biography of the third American president.
It is wonderfully written and expertly narrated.
For anyone interested in America, politics, history or humanity this is a must listen.
I have not read the print version so I cannot make that assessment.
How much I learned about Thomas Jefferson. I always knew he was very impressive and accomplished, but I learned so many things about him, the Founding Fathers, and early America that I had never known.
Edward Hermann did an amazing job narrating the book! It would not have been the same without him. Jon Meacham did such a stellar job researching and writing this book. It is told almost completely from Jefferson's point of view because it is told through letters he wrote. You also get a good idea of what others thought about him, good and bad, because of their correspondence. Fantastic book!
Tommy J is here to save America.
Wonderful book, so well written and researched. I am very happy I made this purchase. Will look for more books from this author.
Outstanding. I learned Jefferson was much more then the author than the Declaration of Independence.
Loved this book. It is a great story about a true American, who like all of us, had flaws. His passions held true until the end. Well researched and well told story. Edward Herrmann was a great choice for the read.
An excellent look into the details of Jefferson's life without overbearing complexity. Recommended to anyone seeking a more in depth understanding of one of America's Founding Fathers.