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Dan

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  • American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated By Susan O’Malley
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (61)

    For a man who insisted that life on the public stage was not what he had in mind, Thomas Jefferson certainly spent a great deal of time in the spotlight, even in his retirement. In American Sphinx, Ellis sifts the facts from the legend to find the heart of the man who, at the grass roots, is no longer liberal or conservative, agrarian or industrialist, pro- or anti-slavery, privileged or populist.

    ks says: "Badly Scratched Record"
    "Great Book. Great Speaker. LOUSY Editing"
    Overall

    The book is great. The speaker, Susan O'Malley, speaks well, but Blackstone, the producer of this book, did a horrible job in editing this. There are little hiccups throughout the entire production. I've already complained to Audible about this, and when Audible asked, specifically what the problem was I told them to read through all the reviews to understand. Maybe Audible should demand a new file from Blackstone or something, but the quality is poor and the reason it didn't get a higher rating was because of those hiccups.

    That aside, yes, the book is a very interesting read. Still trying to figure out how hypocritical Mr. Jefferson is on the slavery issue. If I could go back in time, he'd be one of the people I'd most like to meet, even more so now after listening to this book.

    Now, please, for the benefit of future listeners, fix the !@$#!@!@ hiccups!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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