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Larry

Ancient Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor

Prairie Village, KS, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Fred KaplanPh.D.
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Whether he was composing love letters, speeches, or legal arguments, words mattered to Abraham Lincoln. An admirer and avid reader of Byron, Burns, and Shakespeare, Lincoln was the most literary of our presidents. His views on love, liberty and human nature were all shaped by his reading and knowledge of literature. Kaplan explores Lincoln's life through his use of language as a vehicle for complex ideas and feelings and as an instrument of persuasion and empowerment.

    Amazon Customer says: "This deserved a better reading"
    "This deserved a better reading"
    Overall

    Sometines the content simply can't overcome a wooden, uninflected reading. I don't know what happened here; but, my Kindle II reads better than this narrator. In fact, the TI Speak and Spell would give him a run for the money.

    The narrator should be forced to listen to this flat and uninspired reading so that he would swear, by all that's holy in literature, never to treat any material to this form of abuse ever again.

    The irony is that it is about the roots of Lincoln's gift as a speaker and writer.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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