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Master of the Senate - The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume III (Part 2 of a 3-Part Recording) Audiobook

Master of the Senate - The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume III (Part 2 of a 3-Part Recording)

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Publisher's Summary

Master of the Senate carries Lyndon Johnson's story through one of its most remarkable periods: his 12 years, from 1949 to 1960, in the United States Senate. Once the most august and revered body in politics, by the time Johnson arrived the Senate had become a parody of itself and an obstacle that for decades had blocked desperately needed liberal legislation. Caro shows how Johnson's brilliance, charm, and ruthlessness enabled him to become the youngest and most powerful Majority Leader in history and how he used his incomparable legislative genius, cajoling and threatening both Northern liberals and Southern conservatives, to pass the first Civil Rights legislation since Reconstruction. Brilliantly weaving rich detail into a gripping narrative, Caro gives us both a galvanizing portrait of Johnson himself and a definitive and revelatory study of the workings of legislative power.

This is Volume 2. Have you listened to Master of the Senate, Volume 1 yet? And don't forget Volume 3.

©2002 Robert A. Caro, Inc.; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

Pulitzer Prize Winner, Biography or Autobiography, 2003
"Mesmerizing....A tale rife with drama and hypnotic in the telling." (Newsweek)
"A panoramic study....Combining the best techniques of investigative reporting with majestic storytelling ability, Caro has created a vivid, revelatory institutional history as well as a rich hologram of Johnson's character." (The New York Times)
"Caro must be America's greatest living Presidential biographer....No other contemporary biographer offers such a complex picture of the forces driving an American politician, or populates his work with such vividly drawn secondary characters." (BusinessWeek)

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  • David
    Chicago, IL, United States
    28/03/14
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    "An off-read for one of the best!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes - Two reasons: 1) Most obviously, you can't listen to volume 3 without volume 2 and after volume 1, you can't help but to want more and more of this.


    How could the performance have been better?

    There were so many repeats that at least once every 20 minutes it happened. There were other very odd starts and stops and perhaps part of a chapter missing. All in all, I don't know that I think it is that big of a deal - however, Grover Gardner is such an incredible narrator and commands such incredible admiration for his narration, the constant repeats and breaks are all the more shocking. Seems as though Vol. II was rushed in order that Volume 3 could be released. I will note that in Vol I and III Gardner was and then returned to his near flawless command of the story. However, Vol. II is the worst recording (in terms of repeats and cut-offs) I've ever listened to of the nearly 50 audio books over the past two years.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Watson
    Concord, MA USA
    10/09/13
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    "Surprising editing mistakes mar a great book."

    Caro's insight, depth, and prose style -- combined with the narrator's performance -- make for a fascinating book.

    Many audio books include an editing error or even two: typically a repeated sentence. This book, astonishingly, includes EIGHT OR NINE such repetitions. It should be reedited to reflect the quality of the author and narrator.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • George
    Wyoming
    02/05/14
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    "Master of the Senate in 3 Audible Acts"
    If you could sum up Master of the Senate in three words, what would they be?

    Tour de force!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history of the U.S. Senate that opens this volume.


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

    I don't think I have listened to another GG narration. But GG was a great choice for this vast undertaking. He's there for the duration and never gets in the way. A real pro.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think it would be the story of Leland Olds.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tom S.
    22/07/15
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    "Glitchy recording great story."

    I love Caro's series. This segment has a few glitches, it repeats itself many times throughout the recording,it skips back 10 seconds. I also think it is not fair that the first book is one segment, the second book is one segment, and the third book is three segments. The first book is 40 hrs. Why must the third book be broken into three 15 hr sections?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doug
    Glenwood, IA, United States
    18/11/13
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    "great but repeats"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book, with rich historical detail. I love how Caro sets the right context by offering numerous historical sketches in which to set the moments of Johnson's life. Gardner's reading is superb, warmly bringing the subject to life. However, this wonderful book and presentation are marred by the audio recording in which, on a regular basis (sometimes once a chapter), sentences are repeated. Overall, an excellent product!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • joseph
    TULLY, NY, United States
    06/08/12
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    "gripping story of the workings of the US Senate"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    gives the most exhaustive treatment to both the career of Lyndon Johnson, the workings of the senate and the ascendancy of the united states in the striving for equality


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lyndon Jophnson because he hit his full stride as a politician, statesman and person


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the details of the voting rights act amendments


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no it needs
    s to be savored over time


    Any additional comments?

    it is a shame that this book has to be sold in three seperate volumes by audible. it is an exhaustive and very long book, which is understandable but Audible should come up with packaging it more econimically

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chris Nagel
    28/08/10
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    "An excellent clear history"

    This history is worth reading / listening to for all who are fascinated by the personal effort and thought that goes into the best politics. Well written, well researched.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mike D
    San Francisco, CA
    17/10/16
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    "Sloppy Editing"

    Great book and good performance, except that at half a dozen points the audio includes multiple edits of the same passage. Inexplicably sloppy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chadd
    30/09/16
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    "A masterwork"

    It's very well written and exceedingly interesting. The depth of Caro's scholarship is impressive, and his level of detail makes the book come alive. I'd definitely recommend this series if you're interested in LBJ and want to learn more about his career in the Senate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arize
    Houston, TX
    05/08/16
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    "Very redundant"

    While the LBJ story is certainly fascinating, this volume and especially the one preceding it rethreads too many themes that were already exhaustively covered in Rise To Power. I would estimate that over 40% of what is covered in the first 2 volumes of Master Of The Senate was already covered in Rise To Power.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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