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  • Patton: The Man Behind the Legend, 1885-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Martin Blumenson
    • Narrated By William Lavelle
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    This detailed and persuasive study by the author of The Patton Papers was described by Patton's daughter Ruth as "an extraordinary book". It is widely considered the best biography ever written of the General, an American hero as compelling as he was complex.

    Ann says: "Patton the man"
    "a non-flattering performance on a dry book"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I enjoyed hearing about the life of Patton, but it's not my favorite audio book. Like every great person and leader there are aspects of their life that might not be "to form" but there is a lot to be learned in this book both about Patton and about how to be a "blood and guts" field commander. The book itself appears to be very dry, a never ending string of excerpted quotes from letters, glossing over interesting parts of Patton's life and going into great detail on things like Patton's self-depreciating letter style and his head injuries. The book doesn't take you into the brain and life of patton as good biographies do, it simply recounts his letters and historical facts like a history book.. dry and uninspiring stuff for one of the most dynamic field commanders in the 20th century.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    not there yet


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It's like they hired Barack Obamma to read G.H.W. Bush's autobiography. Patton was a Type-A field general with many great qualities, a very "conservatively" minded individual with strong ideals and grand motivations. The narrator has an inflection while reading the book that seemingly betrays negative personal feelings towards Patton. It is like he doesn't like Patton or the book but he is hired to read it. There seems to be a lot of emphasis on Patton's character faults, but not much enthusiasm in his accomplishments. Granted the book is not exceptionally flattering, so that may be a large contributor. Like many audible books, it would be much better if the author was reading it.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    The movie Patton is better written and a more entertaining view of Patton, his life, his motivations, and his personality.


    Any additional comments?

    A general good rule to follow in Audible is that books read by the author themselves are best. In this style you have a biography written by a person with somewhat of an axe to grind and read by another person with seemingly similar convictions. It fails to capture what I believe is the true essense of Patton the person. I was hoping to be more inspired by the experience

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