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Theodore Rex | [Edmund Morris]

Theodore Rex

The most eagerly awaited presidential biography in years, Theodore Rex tells the story of President Theodore Roosevelt in real time, reflecting the world as "TR" saw it. Full of cinematic detail, Theodore Rex moves with the exhilarating pace of a novel, yet it rides on a granite base of scholarship.
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Publisher's Summary

The most eagerly awaited presidential biography in years, Theodore Rex begins by following new president Theodore Roosevelt as he takes his emergency oath of office in Buffalo, upon the assassination of President McKinley one hundred years ago. Theodore Rex, full of cinematic detail, moves with the exhilarating pace of a novel, yet it rides on a granite base of scholarship.

TR's speed of thought and action, and his total command of all aspects of presidential leadership, from bureaucratic subterfuge to manipulation of the press, make him all but invincible in 1904, when he wins a second term by a historic landslide. Surprisingly, this victory transforms him from a patrician conservative to a progressive, responsible between 1905 and 1908 for a raft of enlightened legislation.

Interspersed with many stories of Rooseveltian triumphs are some bitter episodes - notably a devastating lynching - that remind us of America's deep prejudices and fears. Theodore Rex does not attempt to justify TR's notorious action following the Brownsville Incident of 1906 - his worst mistake as president - but neither does this resolutely honest biography indulge in the easy wisdom of hindsight. It is written throughout in real time, reflecting the world as TR saw it. By the final chapter, as the great "Teddy" prepares to quit the White House, it will be a hard-hearted listener who does not share the sentiment of Henry Adams: "The old house will seem dull and sad when my Theodore has gone."

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What the Critics Say

"Impeccably researched and beautifully composed, a dazzling portrait of the man....A book that is every bit as complex, engaging, and invigorating as the vibrant president it depicts." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Faraimose 05-19-15
    Faraimose 05-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Extremely underwhelming listening experience"

    I wish I could give the performance no stars at all. I will contact audible for a refund. This title should be pulled off audible until a more gifted narrator gives it another go. I could hardly stop listening to the first edition of this series and I expected a similarly gripping experience with this edition. I can't imagine listening to this drowsy, cranky voice for long. What a disappointment and waste of my time and money. Audible should screen for these kinds of rip-off performances. I'm ordinarily a happy customer but today I'm not!! #wishingicouldgetmymoneyback

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    Michael 04-22-15
    Michael 04-22-15
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    "Not nearly as good as The Rise..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I don't know if I could have gotten through the book had it not been an audiobook, but the narration was dry and colorless. I was hoping for something more like the Rise of Theodore Roosevelt where the narration, particularly that of Roosevelt, was done "in character".


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

    It's a biography so the ending isn't really a surprise.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Marosz’s performances?

    No. He was terribly dry.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have a deep appreciation for history and Theodore Roosevelt, the book is worth a listen. However, if you want to be entertained through the story or narration this one isn't a good choice.

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    Clay 04-16-15
    Clay 04-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Deeeelightful!"

    I accidentally started this book not knowing it was the second of three parts about T.R.
    I'm glad I did however and now I cannot wait to go back and listen to the Morris' first book on him.
    Teddy was quite the entertainer and bully but he got things done. My favorite part of the book was the short story of his ten year-old son Quinten who was being a little rascal and how T.R. came barreling down the White House lawn and had a stand off. The exchange of vocabulary that ensued was hysterical.
    Great book, great stories and great narrator!

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    Chris 04-06-15
    Chris 04-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great President"

    As a person who greatly enjoys history and reading/listening to biographies I truly enjoyed Edmund Morris' work and treatment here. An easy read and a great listen, this book documents the presidency of Good Ol' Teddy Roosevelt. The book portrays how his strong moral code, patriotic romanticism and larger than life personality influenced our nation and the world. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a student of history or politics. A well crafted window into the past of our nation and power players of the time that surrounded President Roosevelt.

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    J. Walkington 03-26-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Political Minutiae"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who likes detailed political intrigue and strategy.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Marosz?

    The narrator was awful. He was very monotone and unbelievably slow. I found it impossible to listen at anything less than 1.5x speed. It was difficult at times to tell which sentences were quotes and who was being quoted because his inflection never changes. Mark Deakins narrated the first book in the series and narrates the final book in the series. I wish he'd also narrated this one and I look forward to getting back to him.


    Any additional comments?

    This book focuses mainly on TR's political maneuvering and does so in great detail. If you like that sort of thing then this book is for you. This barely touched on his family life or any adventures he may have had outside of his political life, which is what I think made him such an interesting person. There are occasional anecdotes outside of the political sphere which kept me interested enough to get thru it though. Another thing I was very disappointed with is that it just breezed over is environmental conservation policies and at one point simply listed the number of national parks and monuments he created. I for one was particularly interested to hear about his fight to protect the Grand Canyon but there was merely a single sentence noting that it happened. The first book in the series was just the opposite, more personal story than political detail. I'm hoping that the third book, being his post presidency story, will be more of the same.

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    Matthew 03-18-15
    Matthew 03-18-15
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    "Audio skipped, chapters were off"

    the production quality of this audio book was not up to the standards of the other two in the series. The audio would skip and repeat itself and the audio chapters were nowhere near aligned with the book

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    Ernest Modarelli 03-14-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Great story poor narration"

    Theodore Rex and its subject are fascinating and captivating, but the narrator manages to make a man as exciting as Roosevelt seem boring and ordinary.

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    Ceige 02-19-15
    Ceige 02-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not as good as the first book but still worth it."

    The story focuses primarily on Roosevelt's policy and administration which makes it much drier than the first book. However a must read before venturing to the third book. Listen to rise of Theodore Roosevelt before this one.

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    Randall 09-26-14
    Randall 09-26-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Good story, bad editing"
    Where does Theodore Rex rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top half


    What did you like best about this story?

    interesting story competently told by author


    How could the performance have been better?

    The editing is awful! On several occasions the narrator repeats the exact same sentence, back to back


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Thoedore Rex, now with proper editing!


    Any additional comments?

    Truly, did anybody give a proof listen to this before releasing it?

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    Zephyr 08-21-14
    Zephyr 08-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The most interesting man in the world"
    What did you love best about Theodore Rex?

    The almost novel like quality of the biography, it keeps you enraptured. But the details and descriptions of political conditions both within Washington and relations abroad are nevertheless well recorded.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Teddy Roosevelt of course, love or hate his legacy you can help admiring the man. Though if Teddy's son had been born early enough to feature a little more prominently in this work, Quentin might have stolen the top spot.


    What three words best describe Jonathan Marosz’s voice?

    The reading was done very well, but the editing had errors. At the end of chapters sentences repeat.


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