A fascinating and intimate novel of the life of Mary Todd Lincoln, narrated by the First Lady herself.
Mary Todd Lincoln is one of history's most misunderstood and enigmatic women. She was a political strategist, a supporter of emancipation, and a mother who survived the loss of three children and the assassination of her beloved husband. She also ran her family into debt, held séances in the White House, and was committed to an insane asylum - which is where Janis Cooke Newman's debut novel begins.
From her room in Bellevue Place, Mary chronicles her tempestuous childhood in a slaveholding Southern family and takes listeners through the years after her husband's death, revealing the ebbs and flows of her passion and depression, her poverty and ridicule, and her ultimate redemption.
©2006 Janis Cooke Newman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I don't normally listen to books more than once. But I really enjoyed this book and reading.
Yes, much better, because the best thing about this version is the superbly clear and passionate rendition of Anne Buelteman, the narrator. It is a difficult story to hear because the life of Mary Todd Lincoln is so relentlessly tragic that I almost put it away a couple of times, but what kept me listening was the beautiful, compassionate and intelligent performance of the narrator. Each character was vivid and Mrs. Lincoln, in particular, had great depth and sympathy.
It was wonderful to learn something about Mrs. Lincoln other than that "she was insane". It was a deeply moving story of her life. Well worth the listening.
This was my first.
Yes, I have. I think this is her best, though I have always enjoyed her work. It is witty and detailed, as well as passionate.
Abe Lincoln, for obvious reasons. What a profound, kind and enigmatic man. Anne captures his "reedy voice" perfectly without making him unappealing.
My only criticism is that I wish the editor had done his job as well. The last two parts were not cleaned up, so the "pick ups" were left in. You feel like you're in the recording studio.
Mary Lincoln comes to life in all her charm, shortcomings, forthrightness, and fortitude. Her very public humiliations are laid bare for all to judge.
This is my first audiobook by Anne Buelteman, and I will seek out her narration regardless of title.
I could barely stop listening, often taking it to bed with me. The performance by Anne Buelteman made this a powerful piece of theatre, and I felt as close as one could be to both the joys and the sorrows of Mary Todd Lincoln.
An entire chapter (part 2, chapter 2) is out of order, and belongs after part 1, chapter 7. It was irksome to piece it together. Also there are at least half a dozen instances where the editor did not hear the narrator say "going back" or "pickup" when a correction was necessary. This is the first Audible recording I've heard with these irregularities.
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