If you are interested in politics and the court, this book is pretty darn interesting. Toobin is quite liberal, and writes from that point of view. As long as you can accept that, he writes a good tale, and you learn a lot about what drives the justices, albeit from his very left-leaning view of piety.
My biggest complaint is the author's omissions of important parts of arguments, for example, the whole Bush v Gore election. He totally glosses over the strident incompetence of the Florida Supreme Court. Only if you were a news junky at the time would you have the proper context to understand the whole story. He leaves out many details that don't comport with his liberal views; but, I guess we all do that some. Overall, very good book.
I listened to Thomas Jefferson-The Art of Power, until it started talking about Madison a lot. Because their lives were so intertwined, I started this book when is was about 1/3 of the way through TJ. Then I moved back and forth between the two books to see same events from two different angles. It was great fun.
The narration was VERY good.
Every Gun: make, model-including modification, caliber, number of rounds in the clip. Every woman-every one he comes in contact with is absolutely beautiful-what color her nails are, where she gets them done, how many kids the lady has who does her nails. Every painting he comes across: who painted it, what year, etc., etc. And the word "Intel" is repeated so many times, it becomes cartoonish, as if any information becomes more important if it is called "intel".
And I really dislike narrators who think they can actually do a different voice for each character in the book. It sounds much better if they simply raise their voice a little for female, normal for a male. (best example: George Guidall).
Really interesting story (except for the 200 subs who just happen to have physician who lives with them full time).
So many of these types of books never get into what life would actually be like in the event of a complete cut off of communications. I don't begin to understand the reviews calling it "right wing", etc. It was not political in that sense at all. The narrator was excellent as well. I loved it.
Excellent book, excellent narration. Chernow provides a great balance of the somewhat trivial with all the good meaty stuff. Every time I start thinking he is getting just a little too detailed, he wraps it up and moves on. This book, and the Hamilton book, demonstrate just how fantastic a biographer Ron Chernow is.
I totally agree with Jerry's comment that the narrator sounds like he is shouting. I imagine some guy standing at a microphone for a press conference, you know about how loud and deliberate one would tend to speak in that situation; the whole book is read like that. Fun story, not perfect, but interesting.
It may be just me, but i really don't like the style of the book being told in the first person. All the characters seem so hollow and incomplete, and the lead character, the one telling the story, comes off as too self important. Oh well, maybe just a personal preference.
Excellent story, excellent story teller. This is the best narrator out of about 30 I have listened to.
If you like the back-story in politics, this book is excellent. Of course it has a point of view. Who doesn't in politics. If you can't stand to read anything positive about Republicans, then read something else. If you want an excellent book from the left, read The Nine by Jeffery Toobin.
I agree that the author, while certainly a fantastic strategist, is only a fair narrator. (can you say "monotone" without emphasizing a syllable?)
Once I got started, I couldn't stop; but if I had known how profane the language was going to be, I would have never started. Gripping story. The language was probably real, not just put in for the story, but still very, very rough.
Love the narrator, and I have loved all three Vince Flynn books so far.
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