This would be a good work of historical fiction if not for excessive sexual fantasy, making this more a trash novel. I am not doubting that such things occurred, but the author's fixation and repetition of the most lurid details and unlikely scenarios rob this book of any historical setting. After many scenes, I felt like I'd just read a gossip session from a junior high locker room. The author could eliminate 90% of this, and more subtly infer the rest, and be left with a powerful work of historical fiction. Instead, the reader is jolted out of the plot to endure a misplaced fantasy that just doesn't fit with the time period.
The narrator does an excellent job except for one thing, and I'm not sure how to write it. His 's' pronunciation, in about a third of the book, turns into an irritating hiss. Maybe if he hydrated more before speaking it would help. This is a shame, because otherwise his performance is very good.
The content is good. I don't like the cheap, synthetic applause that opens each lecture. I want to want to listen to this, and as lectures go, it's good. Still, it's a lecture. I could be listening to something more entertaining. If your focus is on writing better, then dive in. And yes, it does help appreciate good writing. But be warned, endurance is required to get through these.
A masterpiece for King, and much better than his normal fare. The conclusion is more like what you'd expect from King, and is incongruous with the rest of the story. Nevertheless, I was thoroughly entertained and will listen to it again.
I'm trying to figure out if this is a human or a computer narrating. He ruins the book. Not the easiest book to narrate, but he fails.
Several times during this book I found myself wondering what the criteria is for something to be labeled a classic. Hemingway's writing is amazing where it counts, but he drags and drags and drags and drags (tired of it yet?) through conversations that add little. Campbell Scott does well, though not superb. I grew weary of his feathery tone.
Great characters. Superb narration. Excellent writing. My wife is from Mississippi. I love the state, and for anyone afraid this will slam the state, I say it does not. It does cast a bright light on a shameful part of our history, a period that is better understood from this masterful work of showing different perspectives. Get this book!
The author's voice seems to come through more than the research. I just finished a different work on Theodore Roosevelt that was far more properly documented. Still, a good read. But I wouldn't make it my only read if you were looking for one book on Washington.
A wonderful story, superbly written. The crafting of words was such that I had to pull over many times to bookmark and take notes.
Not necessarily idealistic. Some great points come out. Good story. Excellent character development. Now, I must go by an axe and ammunition...
Just when I thought I was tiring of the political talk, the author seemed to sense it and would switch to a different scene and style. I feel like I know Teddy now. My first five star rating.
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