The Path to Power : The Years of Lyndon Johnson

  • by Robert A. Caro
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • Series: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
  • 40 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart. It follows him from the Hill Country to New Deal Washington, from his boyhood through the years of the Depression to his debut as Congressman, his heartbreaking defeat in his first race for the Senate, and his attainment, nonetheless, at age 31, of the national power for which he hungered.
In this book, we are brought as close as we have ever been to a true perception of political genius and the American political process. Means of Ascent, Book Two of The Years of Lyndon Johnson, was a number-one national best seller and, like The Path to Power, received the National Book Critics Circle Award.


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Where does The Path to Power rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's hard to imagine a better book. I was so enamored with Master and Passage that I listened to them twice. The first 120 pages of Master should be required reading in high school classes.

Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Mr Gardner is the one and only narrator who makes this work. Perfect timing, perfect voice.

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I literately waited 10 years for Caro/Gardner to make this happen and I'm thrilled they did it. I've listened to over 200 audio books and the Caro/Gardner combo is unsurpassed. "5 star" stuff is easy to think but this one makes it true.

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- David C. Daggett



Some time ago I listened to the last ( so far) in this series "Passage to Power". THAT is a good book! So much so, I always had in the back in my mind to listen to the others. But- 60-120 hours or whatever it will end up being??? However, Gardner is superb as an narrator ( I've listened to him multiple times) so for my New Years resolution I thought I would undertake. The first book goes only to 1941, Johnson's term as a congressman, and I was apprehensive - 40 hours just to get that far? Well - it was fascinating. Every step of the way. Deeper and more compelling than the majority ( if not all) of biographies I have read, and I read this genre a lot.

I cannot speak highly enough of the combination of Caro/Gardner. I have immediately downloaded Book 2 without hesitation

It is a long haul, but thoroughly enjoyable so far.

Highly recommend.
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- David P. McGivern "retired litigation lawyer; I read history; historical fiction; literary fiction. Narrator ++ important. Story equally so"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-10-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios