I loved this story. It held me right to the end, which was a bit disappointing in that it was not satisfying at all, but I could see why the author did what he did. The narration was also quite good if not a little overly dramatic. I was very happy with this purchase.
I was very disappointed with this book. After reading books like John Adams and Alexander Hamilton by Mccullough and Chernow respectively, I felt like this was a half hearted treatment of George Washington. Almost like an aborted attempt at a truly exhaustive scholarly work for Ellis. This was especially disappointing as I had loved his book Founding Brothers. It was kind of funny, however, because Runger is the same narrator that reads John Adams, and there are contradictory statements between this and John Adams, so it was as if he was contradicting himself. But he is a good Narrator.
If you liked John Adams, you will love Alexander Hamilton. At least, that's how it worked for me. I loved John Adams by David Mccullough, but I think I liked Alexander Hamilton even more. The Narrator is good and easy to listen to.
I have tried on three separate occasions to get through this, but the narrator is so awful it should be used as an insomnia cure. And I listened to War and Peace, and Brothers Karamazov in their entirety read by two of the worst readers ever to drop out of acting class, so I have a pretty high tolerance for dry boring narrators.
This book was told in an interesting way, but it was nothing like, nor near as gripping as, Crime and Punishment. I was left wandering why I had "read" it. Not as in "what was my motivation for it" but more as in "Why had Dostoevsky written it?" It is a reflective work that was written near the end of his life and it is quite dry in places. And this narrator makes it brutal! His voice is grating and he reads so slowly, you could read the book twice before listening to it once.
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