• His Excellency

  • George Washington
  • By: Joseph J. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-03-04
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (642 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed author Joseph J. Ellis penned the National Book Award-winning American Sphinx and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Founding Brothers, a fixture on The New York Times best seller list for an entire year, and one of the most popular history books of all time. Now this master historian turns his attention to the most exalted American hero, Founding Father and first President George Washington. Washington has always been a larger-than-life enigmatic figure. On the day he was given command of the continental army, he recorded only the temperature and where he ate dinner in his journal. But recently, his papers were catalogued at the University of Virginia. Ellis had primary access to the 90-volume papers, allowing him to paint a thorough and fascinating portrait.
From the French and Indian War to Mount Vernon, from the American Revolution to the presidency, Ellis delivers what will stand the test of time as the definitive biography of the greatest American icon.
©2004 Joseph J. Ellis (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

Audie Award Finalist, Non-Fiction (unabridged), 2005
2005 Quill Award Nominee
"Ellis offers a magisterial account of the life and times of George Washington [that] leaves readers with a deeper sense of the man's humanity." (Publishers Weekly)
"Mr. Ellis gives us a succinct character study while drawing on his extensive knowledge of Revolutionary and post-Revolutionary history to strip away the accretions of myth and contemporary extemporizing that have grown up around his subject....An incisive portrait of the man." (The New York Times)
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Customer Reviews

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2 out of 5 stars
By Gerard on 01-15-05

Distracted By Narrator

I found the book to be well-written and informative. However, after listening to more than 50 books this is the first time I have been distracted by the clearly audible sound of the narrator inhaling between sentences. I found that to be surprising and disappointing since it is an issue that can be addressed through voice training or, as a last resort, editing during the production of the audio book.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By D. Littman on 11-28-04

Good book, not a great book

This is a good book, not a great book, about the "founding generation." Ellis does an excellent job reviewing Washington's life & career but does not bring to light much of an original nature. Ellis seeks to bring Washington "to life" in a way that more political history treatments supposedly do not. However, he does not succeed in this goal, in part perhaps because the combination of documentary evidence & Washington's own self-imposed flatness prohibits that from happening. The book flows well, is well organized, and is very well narrated. My interest never flagged even though I did not find much of new material. Ellis is a very good writer ... that alone should recommend this book-on-tape to other listeners, since many history volumes of this nature are very hard to follow on tape.

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16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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