You really have to love history. The book is very detailed and based mostly off of personal letters written between Teddy and Taft. It can get a little long-winded at times, but that being said, I don't know what I would remove from book if asked to shorten it.
I really loved learning more about Taft, a little-known character in history. He was truly a great man.
Right off the bat, the author warns that this is not a book about gossip. He's correct. I don't need gossip but it would have been nice if the stories he told included interesting antidotes, or things I may not have already known. This book describes the incredible career of a true patriot but included a lot of chest-thumping and surface info. It's as if he gave the manuscript to the feds and they edited out anything juicy, or at least a little juicy. You don't need to divulge state secrets or break your oath to make it a bit more interesting.
This was a terrific departure from what I usually listen to. This is going to sound rough, but I have been reading a lot of Stephen King lately, and this makes him look almost amateurish. They are different writers for sure, but I just loved this book and style. It's due in NO small part to the genius narration. I mean, genius.
It was a short book, especially for King. The story is well told but it is a little light on substance. For me, reading longer books like 11/22/63 was much more satisfying. Plus, this story didn't have very much depth. Not a bad book, just a little light for me.
No paranormal spooks or vampires, just a good crime story, The characters are developed well, the writing is classic King. I loved it.
I truly enjoyed the book, a lot of new information about JFK, at least for me. Narration is great too.
It was a little fluffy, I wish he had expanded on some of his points. He did make good points, however, and was entertaining. His jokes got a bit old too.
I was surprised that a lot of people said this was highly suspenseful and gripping. I didn't think so at all. I thought the story was a bit boring. The subject matter was dark and disturbing, but there was a lack of detail that sort of diluted all of that. Not that I really need a lot of detail to understand what's happening, but the lack of detail made the whole thing hard to believe and get into.
The narration was very good. The story was pretty disturbing, a bit drawn out, but a good listen.
It's in the top 10 or so. I usually dont listen to Fiction, but this was such a good story with many ties to our current economy.
He is an amazing voice-talent. Brings the characters to life.
Worth the listen, enjoyable.
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