We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Team of Rivals Audiobook

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Regular Price:$75.55
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry.

Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war. That Lincoln succeeded was the result of a character that had been forged by life experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because hepossessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires.

This capacity enabled President Lincoln to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to preserve the Union and win the war.

©2006 Doris Kearns Goodwin (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"An elegant, incisive study....Goodwin has brilliantly described how Lincoln forged a team that preserved a nation and freed America from the curse of slavery." (James M. McPherson, The New York Times Book Review)

"Goodwin's narrative abilities...are on full display here, and she does an enthralling job of dramatizing...crucial moments in Lincoln's life....A portrait of Lincoln as a virtuosic politician and managerial genius." (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)

"Splendid, beautifully written....Goodwin has brilliantly woven scores of contemporary accounts...into a fluid narrative....This is the most richly detailed account of the Civil War presidency to appear in many years." (John Rhodehamel, Los Angeles Times)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.6 (3834 )
5 star
 (2867)
4 star
 (685)
3 star
 (164)
2 star
 (57)
1 star
 (61)
Overall
4.7 (3381 )
5 star
 (2712)
4 star
 (495)
3 star
 (108)
2 star
 (31)
1 star
 (35)
Story
4.5 (3350 )
5 star
 (2211)
4 star
 (787)
3 star
 (235)
2 star
 (70)
1 star
 (47)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Dolph Clinton 04-20-16 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    45
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Best History Book"

    I don't rate a lot of books, but I had to write this one. This book felt like a self-help book on leadership as well as an awesome historical narrative. The story is great America doesn't excellent job

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gilad Senderovich 04-14-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "a master piece"

    a litle hard to follow but eventually developes into a vivid and rich image of this great man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kristine 04-13-16
    Kristine 04-13-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Essential, Inspirational History"

    Anyone with an interest in liberty, moral courage, and inspired leadership should listen to the history of Lincoln as told by Ms Goodwin in this fantastic book. Painting a picture of Lincoln alongside his chief rivals and eventual counselors brings into sharp relief what a truly great man Lincoln was. The book is replete with details woven together in a way so engaging that you hardly realize you are receiving a collegiate-level education on one of the defining times in American history. Ms Toren's reading is admirable, with an intonation and feeing that bring Lincoln and his contemporaries to life. I have listened to the whole book twice since selecting it a few months ago, and I expect to return to it again in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bob Brady 04-12-16
    Bob Brady 04-12-16 Member Since 2011
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great book"

    Excellent insight into the working of the Lincoln cabinet, and his desire for diverse opinion and the mastery of his ability to mold this thought into cogent action.

    Did not enjoy the narrator, she was some what stilted.

    Would recommend this title to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mariann Cadmus Harrisburg, NC United States 04-12-16
    Mariann Cadmus Harrisburg, NC United States 04-12-16 Member Since 2007
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    47
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "the genius of Lincoln.
    "

    What insight into political angeling and strategy.
    Like being a fly inside the White House. Know Lincoln better than ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Donald Bullard 04-12-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    23
    22
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Complete Experience"
    What made the experience of listening to Team of Rivals the most enjoyable?

    I tried to read it initially, but it was to dense for me. The narrative was fine, but I read it at a snail's pace. The listening experience was much more enjoyable to me. I could comprehend and enjoy listening so much more than reading. It's sensible to listen to this wonderful story, the strongest narrative not only of Lincoln, but his amazing team, and their times.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lincoln was the master of times. His ability to respond to the crisis staggers my imagination. Steward a close second, again a man of times, and yet beyond it.Salmon P Chase was also an amazing character because he stood apart from President to the point that Lincoln let him leave.


    What does Suzanne Toren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice is that of so many teachers I have had. She makes the narrative work with grace. No pretense as she reads a truly male story flawlessly.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Longer stories, like this put a smile on my heart. I've been moved to listen to it, twice and love it.


    Any additional comments?

    Have to hunker down to listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    gehill 04-11-16
    gehill 04-11-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "amazing...An epic and tragic story"

    of perhaps America's greatest leader and the men he led. Well written and perfect oration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John r Lindell 04-09-16 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Republicans 1860/2016"

    Just about the best read and a reminder what our democracy is really all about. It is a classic and best company, spending time with Lincoln via Audible. Doris Kearns Goodwin is truly remarkable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tony Pieri 04-04-16
    Tony Pieri 04-04-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Abraham Lincoln was an amazing man"

    The content of this book was great. The greatness of Lincoln really shines through. However, the first quarter of the book almost focused on the rivals too much. Would have loved more Lincoln content from the time before he was President. Anyways, it was a great read and really educational.

    As for the narrator, it should have been a male. Almost all the characters are male. The made it a little dull at times. But, that is a minor issue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Killos88 San José, Costa Rica 04-02-16
    Killos88 San José, Costa Rica 04-02-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Formidable!"

    It took me 2 years to finish it, buy I finally did. This book is one of the greatest stories I have ever read; the most complete and detailed recount of the U.S. Civil War that I know of. Undoubtedly, Abraham Lincoln was and will continue to be one of the greatest leaders that the United States has known.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.