Yes and no. The first 12 - 13 hours were agony. There was little about Lincoln in these pages. Rather, it was all about the men who were to one day be in his cabinet: William Seward, Salmon Chase, Edward Bates, and Montgomery Blair - the histories of their families, where they grew up, their early childhoods, the various schools they attended, their childhood pastimes, their various courtships, their marriages, their early careers, triumphs, disappointments, etc. etc. etc. ad nauseam. Little was written about Lincoln's early life because not very much is known. He didn't like to speak of it in any detail. Real details about him don't begin until he runs for office against Stephen Douglas.
After, that VERY LONG painful part, the life and the struggles of his presidency are fascinating - including the politics surrounding his relationship with his cabinet and their relationships with each other.
Theodore Rex (a biography of Theodore Roosevelt). Both are exhaustive, systematic treatments of these fascinating super-men's lives.
I will echo what another reviewer has said: why on earth have a WOMAN read a story that is almost exclusively about MEN?? It is truly ludicrous as she assumes a low, husky voice when reading the many quotations of the male characters. Also, 42 hours of this rather school-ma'rm-ish, severe voice is a trying experience.
Good Lord, no! Those first 12-13 hours were agonizing. Everyday, I swore I was going to rate the book with one star and get my Audible credits back!
I suppose for the true history buff, the first 12-13 hours could be somewhat interesting because it does show, in a long, round-about way, how the lives and characters of his cabinet influenced Lincoln's presidency and the Civil War. But still, if Lincoln is your main focus - as it was mine - those first 12 - 13 hours will require much stamina!
Some sort of plot would have been interesting. Not having 503,435 characters would have been less confusing. I got through half of the book because of the reviews .. I FORCED myself, saying, "I HAVE to like this!" I hated every bit of it. The chapters were little snippets of stories that were as boring and trivial as can be. I think we had to hear what shade of brown or blue or green or purple, etc., etc., most of the 503,435 characters had. God I hated this! (And if I have to hear about ONE MORE throat being cut....)
It certainly has put the fear of God into me! But then, not all fantasy writers could be this bad, no?
Maybe. The British accent is starting to wear thin.
ANGER that I was duped into trying it by all the reviews. I don't see how it is possible that people got through all that endless rubbish.
If you find the first few chapters boring, take heed! It doesn't get any better!
The recording was so bad, it was hard to make out many words. This was probably caused by WAY too much compression when making the cassette that this mp3 was made from.
Audible! Ashamed of you that you would offer such a low quality recording!
If you have access to the original recording, Audible, I have a friend who can make a perfect mp3 for you ... as could probably any sound engineer.
Only if I knew the audio quality was not so bad.
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