Mr. Foote delivers the second of three volumes here, and spares no
detail. I've studied the Civil War off an on since I was a child, and
have discovered through this series that I know nothing.
Aside from being minutely informative, this series is also entertaining,
as any 60-hour audiobook should be. There is plenty of colorful turn
of phrase here, and a lot of the wit of Lincoln, and others, is entirely
new to me.
This book is often funny, and sometimes hilarious. However, it didn't stand up to a listen of any more than about 10 minutes at a time, due to a combination of the sheer weirdness of some of the essays and Hodgman's overly deadpan delivery.
... but 2 stars for the narration, which pretty much kills the story.
The story line was compelling to me, from the interest point of a daughter who comes to find out that her father's military career was as quietly intense as hers was celebrated.
At least, that's what I got out of part 1. Sorry to say, that I couldn't bear to listen to the narration any further than that. I found the narrator's attempts at characterization too distracting to continue listening further.
I will most likely buy the hard copy of the book, to continue the story.
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