Saturday, September 4, 2010

Review: True Compass by Edward Kennedy (Audiobook)

Edward M. Kennedy is widely regarded as one of the great Senators in the nation's history. He is also the patriarch of America's most heralded family. In this landmark autobiography, five years in the making, Senator Kennedy speaks with unprecedented candor about his extraordinary life.

The youngest of nine children born to Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, he came of age among siblings from whom much was expected. As a young man, he played a key role in the presidential campaign of his brother, John F. Kennedy. In 1962, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he learned how to become an effective legislator.

His life has been marked by tragedy and perseverance, a love for family and an abiding faith. He writes movingly of his brothers and their influence on him; his years of struggle in the wake of their deaths; his marriage to the woman who changed his life, Victoria Reggie Kennedy; his role in the major events of our time (from the civil rights movement to the election of Barack Obama); and how his recent diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor has given even greater urgency to his long crusade for improved health care for all Americans.

Written with warmth, wit, and grace, True Compass is Edward M. Kennedy's inspiring legacy to readers and to history.

Received from the publisher for review.

This one gets three stars.  Unfortunately the he reader had a rather wearying voice.  Of course, the fact that the book spanned 17 discs and nearly 19 hours also had a bit to do with it.  The length was off putting, but it was a genuinely interesting autobiography.  I didn't know much about the author before I listened to the book so I really didn't know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised.  This fascinating look into one of the most powerful families in the U.S. should be enjoyed by Kennedy fans and history buffs alike.

★★☆☆ = Liked It


Anonymous said...

perfect timing on this review! I saw this book in Borders yesterday and passed on it. I put it down because it was lengthy. But I've been thinking about heading back over to pick it up. I've been somewhat fascinated with Ted Kennedy since he passed.

Lis, Ann, said...

Haha yeah this one seems like one that I would rather read than listen to if it's 19 hours with a "wearying voice." The story of the Kennedy family must be one of the most curious in the country. I'd like to read this.

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