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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Yes. It gave a good history of Madison and his peers. It would be helpful to someone studying Madison. For casual reading it was a little dry.
What aspect of Johnny Heller’s performance would you have changed?
His reading was in a monotone.
Madison is, at one point in the book, described as having no personality; that is how I feel this book comes across, very generic. I have listened to books about other presidents and felt I came to know the presidents politically and personally, as well as his friends and family. Madison's personality is described here but the description seems one-dimensional.
Perhaps this book is better read instead of listened to. I don't know if it was the writing or the narrator or my limited background knowledge of history (it was hard to keep up with the dates and order of events) but I was just happy to be done with it. I thought the reader read quite fast and sometimes in a monotone; I. therefore, found myself frequently tuning out and having to re-listen to sections. Unlike many other audiobooks, I won't be re-listening to this one.