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I've always been an admirer of Barry Goldwater and had I been old enough in 1964, probably would have voted for him. I was looking forward to this audio book considering the subject matter and the author, John Dean/Barry Goldwater Jr.; having greatly enjoyed "The Rehnquist" choice. That's what makes my disappointment all the more frustrating. It's not the substance of the book but rather its presentation. Goldwater's letters and ideas can certainly speak for themselves but how much better had they been set in more detailed context by some contemporary anecdotes and historical critiques. As is, the book is a rather long and tedious chronicle without enough scene setting to help it along. The Nixon/Watergate chapters are the most interesting but even here the drab format doesn't do them justice. Mel Foster's dry, flat and uninspired narration doesn't help matters.
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I constantly read non-fiction and like Goldwater's story and personality. I listened to this for a little extra. Needless to say, the content is great, which is more product of the work but, the major downfall is the narrator. Mel Foster is so dry. I will never listen to another book of his. He makes this audiobook very boring. I ended up stopping the audio and just finished it at the library.
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