Customer Reviews | Audible.com
 

You no longer follow Dan

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Dan

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Dan

Atlanta, GA, United States | Member Since 2011

0
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 1 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 97 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0

  • Barack Obama: The Story

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Maraniss
    • Narrated By David Maraniss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    In a groundbreaking work based on hundreds of interviews, including with President Obama, and a trove of letters, journals, and other documents, one of our pre-eminent journalists presents a richly textured account of Barack Obama and the forces that shaped him. This book begins in Kansas and Kenya, decades before Obama was born, and ends as he prepares for a political life. The listener gains a deeper insight into the first black president of the United States, revealing as never before the arc of his history.

    Darwin8u says: "Solid Work @ Debunking Fairy-Tales & Dark Fantasms"
    "Better Read by a Professional"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Barack Obama to be better than the print version?

    Few writers should read their own books. Think Simon Winchester, Bill Bryson and Barbara Kingsolver as three that do an excellent job. David Maraniss' audio book would benefit greatly by allowing a professional to read his comphehensive, fascinating book. The research is unrelenting,the resultant information juxtaposed masterfully to reveal the interconnections between the President, his parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents. But Mr. Maraniss' voice is not suitable for such a task. Few voices are, so some things are best left to the professionals.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved reading about "Barry's" foibles at Occidental College. A typical undergraduate who found his direction and never looked back. He owes a lot to the "motley crew" who helped shape his world view.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    As mentioned above, Mr. Marianiss' voice is not the best for undertaking such a read. It frequently trails off requiring a rewind. I think it's enough that he wrote this thorough, exhaustive and entertaining biography. Leave the rest to the professionals.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Since the book is 20+ hours, listening to it in one sitting is pretty much impossible. It is worth every minute, however.


    Any additional comments?

    I do appreciate the research that went into this book. I do not recommend the audio version, but would most definitely recommend the print version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.