Brilliant. Meticulous. Deep.
The whole thing was a triumph.
I guess Lyndon Johnson, but the cast of characters around him made the book truly great.
It was, happily, too long for that. But every time I quit listening to it, I looked forward to returning to it. I listen to these books driving back and forth to and from work.
Robert Caro is so dedicated to his work. Any book by him is a treasure.
If it had really been the story of a submarine mission, instead of containing a lot of useless information and only devoting about 20% of its time to the mission, which didn't convey any drama or excitement at all.
The performer had nothing much to work with. Not even Walter Cronkite could have made this less dis-interesting.
Yes. The part about how the dead commander's wife tried to get to the bottom of why her husband had been sent on this unnecessary mission was heart rending. Plus, the exposure of the overall commander's revenge motive for costing these men their lives was worthwhile. But, that only made up about 15% of the book. Most of it was useless and unrelated to what thr preview lead me to expect.
I love WWII submarine stories. I wish Audible had offered a good one, instead of this disappointing mess.
The narrator wasn't the problem.
This was a con artist of a book. It gave all kinds of useless information totally unrelated to its promised subject. It was boring and terrible. It was insulting to any listener. For example, the "authors" described President Harry Truman as a former Senator from Arkansas, when eveybody with the vaguest knowledge of American history knows that Truman was a former Senator from Missouri. The book was a total, unmitigated disgrace, not worthy of being offered by Audible to its customers.
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