This is an excellent addition to Robert Caro’s magisterial biography of Lyndon Johnson. The combination of drama, character study and political detail makes this totally engrossing. I can’t wait for the next volume.
While Caro’s account of the assassination has received considerable attention, I found that his description of Johnson’s consolidation of power afterwards to be equally, if not more, compelling. The account of his working Congress to pass the landmark civil rights bill and other social bills of the War on Poverty keeps the reader (listener) on the edge of his seat. The specter of Vietnam haunts the text.
Mustering Congressional support to pass the civil rights bill.
Grover Gardner gets this one just right.
Michael Emerson brings this wonderful book to life. While I don't think that one can judge an audible book against the print version, this book looses nothing in being read aloud. The reader conveys the many nuances that Robert Penn Warren wove into the narrative.
While "All the Kings Men" is known as the fictional account of Huey Long, it is much, much more than that - and this version leaves no doubt about the many layers that can be found in the book.
Michael Emerson is able to give us many voices that are necessary to the story - from the Jack's genteel mother and true father to Sugar-Boy, the stuttering gunman.
20+ hours is too much for one sitting, but it is hard to turn off.
I was disappointed in an earlier audio version of Huckleberry Finn, but was happy that I gave this one a try. Wood is masterful in bringing humor and insight to a giant of American literature. I can't help thinking that Mark Twain wouldn't relish this modern way to deliver his great novel. And, how forever timely the novel is to the American experience.
Ian McEwan is always worth reading, and Juliet Stevenson is perfect - gets the tone just right. While not quite the same calibre as Atonement or Amsterdam, Sweet Tooth is full of wonderful prose.
The way the story comes full circle at the end, back to the imagination of the writer.
I really liked the note of innocence that her reading brings to Serena's story.
While Serena Frome is the pivotal character, she is propped up by others, especially Shirley and Tom. Max was the least successful character, and his not quite convincing role is the one weakness in an otherwise tight story.
Yes- It gives an authoritative, first person account of one of the major historical events of the last decade.
Well written, to the point.
The conclusion's recognition of the many men and women who have and continue to serve the U.S. military - very often in obscurity.
This book could be considerably shortened - by at least a third, or even by half. It is filled with excruciating detail that begins to seem like historical filler. An abridged version in recommended.
No. I have read and listened to many Civil War histories, including Shelby Foote's multi-volume work. This book was disappointing but not enough to turn me off from other histories about the Civil War.
No, this is my first book that he narrated.
No - see my comments above
Bronson Pinchot is an excellent reader - good rhythm and intonation.
I am usually a big fan of David McCullough, but this book didn't have his usual flare and sweep. It is overly stuffed with details that don't add to the main theme of social inequality and environmental irresponsibility. The reader's flat delivery doesn't help.
I have read and listened to a number of McCullough's books and know that he can deliver excellent popular history.
It was hard to tell whether a different reader could have improved this text.
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