The accounts presented furthered my intrigue with both Lee and Grant. Although quiet different, they both exemplified desirable traits found in honorable military leaders. It seemed very certain they had mutual respect for one another which led to as good a final solution as could have been for a bad situation. Based upon the outcome they forged, it makes one wonder how differently U.S. history would have been had Lincoln lived to take what they did in laying a foundation for rebuilding the Nation.
As a Southerner and fervent student of this period of United States history, I continue to be moved by both the Confederates dedication to fight for what they believed to be a just cause, and the Northern victors compassion and respect for their former foes. It leads me to suggest that only combatants of character can ever attain such a level based upon their mutual experiences.
Having previously listened to Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly, the accounts presented in this work complemented O'Reilly's book and presented many additional details which actually led to a greater appreciation for both works. For those interested in the American Civil War, with all the volumes written about the War, accounts such as this provide a fitting closure.
The audio book title sets the hook of curiosity. As the hearer progresses from one topic to the next, thoughts like "WOW! what can be next?" spurs the intensity of desire to not stop but proceed to the next topic.
The sheer number of examples of lies perpetrated by the Government that the Judge documents is overwhelming. He covers a lot of material, and has done a masterful job organizing and concisely addressing each topic.
The Judge organized the narrative into 17 topics which greatly facilitated absorbing the range and depth of thoughts. He covers a tremendous amount of information and ideas.
The length of the performance is long, which was unavoidable given the subject matter. The Judge kept the narrative moving and interesting with voice inflections, etc.
The above headline is by no means a criticism of the book. If the trend toward big-Government continues, then the examples the Judge presents while appalling will be tame. This is a must-listen/read for everyone that seeks to be an better informed Citizen.
I plan to listen to Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett again... after listening the first time, I now understand how it is organized and can now listen for details previously missed.
I have not encountered any work similar to this. There may be some out there, but this was a unique listen/read for me.
This is a difficult question as the work is a series of letters on different topics from a grandfather to his grandchildren. So, my favorite character was Grandpa Mike.
Yes, but it would be too much for sitting. It took me 3-4 sittings.
Genealogy is one of my hobbies. It is easier to learn about ancestors through events, dates, etc, than it is about their character and what messages they might have desired to pass on to their descendents. Governor Huckabee has done something very few people have thought about, let alone taken any action. Although not a simple task, it has inspired me to do something similar for my grandchildren.
As a student of history, it provided details about the events surrounding General/President Washington the I was not aware. But what makes Being George Washington unique, is Author Beck's take on Washington's character in dealing with circumstances.
The several accounts throughout the work of Providence sparing Washington to fulfill his life's purpose.
His voice ... it is both pleasing and engaging.
Along with other works on Washington, it further reinforced George Washington as the greatest President, and Father of the Country by his precedences on defining the Presidency. Lesser men would have been tempted to let vanity overtake service to others. For example, had he been so inclined, he could have taken advantage of his popularity to pursue kingdom instead of presidency.
Highly recommend Being George Washington especially to patriots who love and serve Our Country. It reinforces some of the reasons they do what they do.
For George Washington fans and Revolutionary War history buffs, McCullough's subject matter, writing style and narration is captivating. If you are interested in such, you will not be disappointed.
McCullough's insights gave a fresh perspective on Washington's strengths and weaknesses.
This was my first audiobook by McCullough. If his other audiobooks are as good as this one, then I would give them consideration.
It would have been preferable to listen to this part of the audiobook in one sitting, but at over 5 hours that was a bit too much time to devote. Consequently, I have listened over multiple sessions, and as a result have actually listened to it twice which turned out more a pleasure than a chore.
Looking forward to what happens in Part 2.
Although I have not read the book, O'Reilly's narration was compeling, so, the audio probably has an advantage.
Probably John Wilkes Booth ... O'Reilly brought insights and details that I had not previously known. Booth was an intriguingly bizzare celebrity. It seemed he was so warpped up in playing a role that he could not distinguish between fantasy and reality. There may be lessons to be learned from this that are timeless.
The narratives describing the battles around High Bridge and Sayler's Creek were especially vivid. The reader could sense the sights, sounds, confusion, desparation, anticipation, and all the other elements that occured.
Yes ... from the withdrawal from Richmond until the surrender at Appomattax, the will and determination of the beleagured Confederate Army to continue fighting on while facing one obstacle after another was extraordinary.
The material was very well organized and flowed smoothly largely due to O'Reilly's use of datelines to begin each section. That along with well written, detailed narratives sets 'Killing Lincoln' apart from other works for its fresh, mesmerizing approach. Highly recommend!
The story was entertaining, but the main point was learning how to use audible.com.
Humerous, well delivered.
Effective teaching tool.
Since I have not read the print version, a comparison is not possible. However, since I am not a fast reader, the audio version saved a lot of time and kept the continuity of thought flowing.
Levin's ability to contrast and compare works from Plato to Karl Marx, and their influences on attacking and subverting the Constitution was enlighting. His explanation and examples of the competing philosophies were effective. The narrative on the sources of influence on sections of the founding documents almost put the listener in the mind of the Founders as they came to conclusion. Finally, his conclusions after logically building the narrative were compelling.
I have not listened to other performances other than Mark Levin's radio program. His depth of knowledge and ability to communicate is absolutely mesmerizing.
His overall passion and narrative of ideas is reminiscent of those that ignited and inspired patriots ever since the country's founding. The repetition of how the Laws of Nature influenced the Founders was moving. Our country's Founders were not perfect, but they were guided to create a framework of government that respected the creation of man in the image of God. For example, on the topic of slavery, they laid down a foundation in the founding documents that would lead to its demise.
Mark Levin's intellect and his passion for our country is inspiring. One word of caution, this work requires focused attention. Suggest those interested listen when rested and where there are no distractions. This an extraordinary work on American civics for all Patriots.
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