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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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    Peter Seminole, FL, USA 02-19-08
    Peter Seminole, FL, USA 02-19-08
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    "Great Book & Grating Narrator"

    The book is a follow up to The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. I so enjoyed the first book, I opted for the unabridged version of the second. However, the narrator has a grating quality in his voice, as though he has a sore throat. I'm not certain I could listen to it for 24 hours.

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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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    DmitryB 02-03-17
    DmitryB 02-03-17 Member Since 2013
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    "great president"

    they do not make them like they used to. great narrative, good narration, and many of the same issues - immigration, tension between capital and labor, regulation vs. laissez faire - that we are grappling with today. highly recommend.

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    ck 01-22-17
    ck 01-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Audio skips a few times"

    Sometimes a few sentences repeat. Still a good book. This book could have been a trilogy unto itself.

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    Dale 01-05-17
    Dale 01-05-17 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent well research biography"

    Only one problem and honestly I lost count - there were at least 25 repeated sentences - as in take one and take two of the reading. I assume there must some "proof listening" in the production, but in this case many were missed. Otherwise it was a great listen as it was a great read.

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    Mark Palmer Santa Monica, CA 10-22-16
    Mark Palmer Santa Monica, CA 10-22-16 Member Since 2010
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    "best"

    I have read and listened to several biographies of Theodore Roosevelt. This is by far the best. The narrator did a very good job.

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    Richard Baxter 09-19-16
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    "A good book, but not a Rex"

    Both text and narration aim to emulate Teddy's own indomitable character, but instead become monotonous.

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