To write a good history, the author must be scholarly and a good storyteller. In this case, the author is both, and that makes this work on presidential leadership eminently suited to audio. The four men profiled--Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson--differed greatly in what shaped their leadership styles. The audio publisher chose to use four different narrators. This proves a solid decision. For one, it breaks up a lengthy book into smaller, almost self-contained segments. In addition, each narrator adds vocal character to the profiles. They don't try to sound like the presidents, but their individual tones add to the experience--a rough Midwestern edge for Lincoln, a more refined tone for FDR. The author provides the aural bookends. R.C.G. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2018]
Trade Ed. Simon & Schuster Audio 2018
DD ISBN 9781508232964 $29.99
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