Mornings on Horseback

  • by David McCullough
  • Narrated by Edward Herrmann
  • 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 1982 National Book Award for Biography, Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as a masterpiece by Newsday, it is the story of a remarkable little boy, seriously handicapped by recurrent and nearly fatal attacks of asthma, and his struggle to manhood. His father, the first Theodore Roosevelt, "Greatheart", is a figure of unbounded energy, enormously attractive and selfless, a god in the eyes of his small, frail namesake. His mother, Mittie Bulloch Roosevelt, is a Southerner and celebrated beauty.
Mornings on Horseback spans 17 years, from 1869 when little "Teedie" is 10, to 1886 when he returns from the West a "real life cowboy" to pick up the pieces of a shattered life and begin anew, a grown man, whole in body and spirit.
This is a tale about family love and family loyalty; about courtship, childbirth and death, fathers and sons; about gutter politics and the tumultuous Republican Convention of 1884; about grizzly bears, grief and courage, and "blessed" mornings on horseback at Oyster Bay or beneath the limitless skies of the Badlands.


What the Critics Say

Audie Award Finalist, Biography/Memoir, 2005
"Edward Hermann offers a professional, nuanced, audience-capturing narration." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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As a more or less devout fan of David McCullough and futhermore having enjoyed "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" and "Theodore Rex" by Edmund Morris, this was a book that I bought with high expectations. As always , the author weaves a beautiful tale of Roosevelt's early life. Though I enjoyed the book overall, I felt that the beginning was a tad slow. (Details of family excursions, letters and relationships in those formative years one can argue as important, but by and large, I found them pretty dull.) The pace did pick up briskly, however, with Theodore's trip out west and after. Honestly, the reason I think that I didn't like this book as much as the ones by Morris probably stems from personal preference. I simply feel that it is more interesting to hear stories about people of power when they are actually wielding it. (Which is the key reason I found the latter portion of the book a great deal more compelling.) All said, it is a great book and a "must" for hardcore Theodore Roosevelt fans, but probably not as high a priority as the books by Morris for those of general interest in the man's life.
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- Michael O'Brien

An enchanting story about a great family

David McCullough has written another of his well researched and engaging books. Whether I've read or listen to one of his books on Audible, he engages your imagination from beginning to end. You also learn more about the history of the times and how the people in the book fit into this time in history. I never realize what an incredible family the Roosevelt's were.
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- Frank Gallinaro

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-10-2004
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio