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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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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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