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Theodore Rex Audiobook

Theodore Rex

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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."

Listen to a conversation with Edmund Morris.

©2001 Edmund Morris; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.

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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    Kaui 05-31-15
    Kaui 05-31-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic man, fantastic life, but meh narrator"
    Would you listen to Theodore Rex again? Why?

    I would probably read this book again instead of listen to it because I thought the narrator was >>yawn<< boring. Monotonic, lacking any verbal dramatization of any speaker (especially TR), and employing a most annoying verbal habit of ending sentences with a rising tone? Yes. I was always waiting for the answer to his questions. Just kidding. But seriously, his rising tone at the end of sentences was truly annoying.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked TR the best about this story, of course! But more specifically, Morris' detailed, blow by blow recount of TR's life, inhabiting three extremely well written and extraordinarily researched tomes, bring TR's larger than life personality and his amazing life to bear in the most engaging, memorable way - by telling an extremely interesting story!


    If you could give Theodore Rex a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Further shaping America's place as a premier world power as the United States' Commander -in-Chief.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tom M 10-26-16
    Tom M 10-26-16
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    "Good Story, Mediocre Production"

    The story overall is interesting and well-written. It picks up where Morris left off and continues in the same style. I felt like the previous book was more effusive towards Roosevelt implying that every move in his early career was genius whereas this book took a more moderated explaining things in a more neutral tone. As expected with Morris, the detail was astounding and all viewpoints were thoroughly explored.

    The narrator took a chapter or two to get used to but I found him to be good. He didn't do the voices that I liked from the first book but his pacing was good and his enunciation was clear.

    I did notice an audio issue where 20 to 25 second segments would be repeated immediately after they were initially read resulting in the same segment being read twice in a row. The timer kept moving so it appears it was part of the audio file itself. This happened maybe 20 times over the duration of the book and it was annoying each time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Shaw Greencastle, PA 02-14-17
    Michael Shaw Greencastle, PA 02-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "OK narration, annoying repeats"

    This narrator was not as great as the one for the first and third book of the Roosevelt trilogy. Coupled with frequent repeating paragraphs, this book was almost unbearable to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Gaston 10-10-17
    John Gaston 10-10-17
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    "I hate the narrators voice, couldn't get past it."

    The story is good, if not as good as the Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by the same author, but the narrator reads with a slow overly dramatic voice that has an unpleasant effect on the listener. I would recommend reading this in print rather than trying listen to this narrator.

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    Trent W. 08-03-17
    Trent W. 08-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Poor performance"

    If you're going through the audiobook trilogy like me you will be disappointed to hear the fantastic narrator of the first book does not read this book. instead you get a narrator who attempts no different accents, sounds like he is asking a question at the end of each sentence, and sounds wrong for a host of other reasons I can't quite put a finger on. But the trilogy is too highly regarded to abandon simply because of the narrator, so I tried my best to ignore his delivery, and instead focus on the content. The good news is that the old narrator is back for book three.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B. Swain Miamisburg, OH United States 06-30-17
    B. Swain Miamisburg, OH United States 06-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book, performance is almost great!"

    The book is fantastic, full of lots of detail but reads like an adventure story more than a dry biography. I have listened multiple times and will listen again.

    The narrator and quality is great, very enjoyable to listen to. My only complaint is that it is multiple CDs joined together, such that the little bit of overlap at each disc still remains. So every 70 minutes or so a small portion of the reading repeats.

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    Kevin 06-04-17
    Kevin 06-04-17
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    "Many errors in the audio recording"

    Many portions of the book's audio repeat. The book itself is good, but the quality of the audiobook is substandard.

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    Morgan Moore 05-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Best read in order of trillogy"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I started Theodore Rex hoping to learn more about this fascinating historical figure and was disappointed to learn that this was strictly about his presidency only and not about the rest of his life. Then I learned that this is part 3 of a trilogy that builds upon those other chapters in Theodore Roosevelt's rise to prominence and leadership. This book delves deep into politics of the period which I found much less interesting than the details of Roosevelt's life.

    As for the production of this recording the stern narration by Jonathan Marosz was I found cold but probably apropos for this subject matter. There were at least 12 instances of sections being repeated in the recording. Other than that the production was fine. Marosz seems to put extra flourish on all french expressions and pronunciations that I found annoying. If I never hear the name Jules Jusserand again that will be fine with me.

    I was disappointed that in the epilogue there was no accounting of Roosevelt's life after the presidency, his trip to Africa, Bull Moose pulpit, reaction to Taft's policy changes or his death and legacy.


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    DougW 05-13-17
    DougW 05-13-17
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    "Didn't like narrator"

    Story seemed to drag on with more details than I thought necessary. I didn't care for narrator at all and listened to book at 1.25x speed.

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    Eric G FPO, AP, US 05-06-17
    Eric G FPO, AP, US 05-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing book."

    Literally one of the greatest Americans to ever live. As a leader, it's amazing to be able to learn all that he accomplished and try to emulate. This book paints a picture of the spirit of not only Roosevelt but of modern America. Highly recommend.

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