This audiobook exceeded my expectations. Anthony Heald did a fantastic job narrating and really brought to life Fitzgerald's magnificent prose.
I would give this one 3 1/2 stars. I like the first two thirds of the book the best.
Let me start by saying that I thought the narration was quite good, and the author did a fine job writing this biography. However, it became apparent fairly early on in this book that there was going to be no silver lining or real moral. Which makes me wonder why the author felt that this was a story worth telling. There are plenty of tragic stories out there that would be of more benefit and worthwhile to readers. Robert Peace goes from making one shockingly bad decision to another, no matter how many chances he is given. The best description of him in the book is from the author's speculation as to what one woman in Rob's life might think if she knew what he was up to. Specifically, that he is "selfish, arrogant, and stupid." Bingo. Apart from trying to help his parents, everything Rob does is deeply selfish, which makes the author's attempt to introduce narratives at the end of the novel to suggest Rob was somehow a good role model, at least part of the time, an unsupportable assertion. His mother, Jackie, is just about the only person in this biography that I can muster any respect for. I would've been much more interested in reading about her life, and I'm sure it would've been a more rewarding experience for readers.
I think the book could have been a bit more concise. But it was very well written. Narration was excellent.
Dawkins makes some nice points. Parts of the book seem to drag on a bit longer than necessary, but worth a listen/read.
There are definitely some good points in the book. I do feel, however, that it was a bit drawn out. I'm guessing that the book could have been about half its length and been just as effective.
If you are interested in American history, this is a great book. Mr. McCullough does a great job reading his book.
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