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Colonel Roosevelt

Written by:
Edmund Morris
Narrated by:
Mark Deakins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2010
24 hours 44 minutes
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK •  “Colonel Roosevelt is compelling reading, and [Edmund] Morris is a brilliant biographer who practices his art at the highest level. . . . A moving, beautifully rendered account.”—Fred Kaplan, The Washington Post

This biography by Edmund Morris, the Pulitzer Prize– and National Book Award–winning author of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and Theodore Rex, marks the completion of a trilogy sure to stand as definitive.

Of all our great presidents, Theodore Roosevelt is the only one whose greatness increased out of office. What other president has written forty books, hunted lions, founded a third political party, survived an assassin’s bullet, and explored an unknown river longer than the Rhine?

Packed with more adventure, variety, drama, humor, and tragedy than a big novel, yet documented down to the smallest fact, this masterwork recounts the last decade of perhaps the most amazing life in American history.

“Hair-raising . . . awe-inspiring . . . a worthy close to a trilogy sure to be regarded as one of the best studies not just of any president, but of any American.”—San Francisco Chronicle
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Jim B.

Roosevelt can come across as… a man of his time, but if you’re willing to accept that, this is a thoroughly researched read about his post presidential life.

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I have a complicated past with Edmund Morris. I read "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" in 1979 and thought it was one of the best biographies I'd ever read. I couldn't wait for the second volume in his TR series. In the meantime, of course, he took a turn as Reagan's biographer and produced the dumpster fire called "Dutch." When "Theodore Rex" finally arrived, I was disappointed, It read like TR's appointment calendar with verbs. I bought "Colonel Roosevelt" when it came out but by that time had decided that Morris was a one-hit wonder and sat it aside. Morris' recent death sent me back to my bookshelf. I felt like I owed it to him to finish his TR series. This time I decided to do it as an audiobook. I'm thankful I did. The book was great, a worthy partner to "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt," and Mark Deakins' narration was among the best I've ever heard. RIP, Edmund.

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Brad B.

Delightful read! Like other reviewers I wish it continued on I enjoyed it. The narration was great and a perfect fit. I wish they would refresh the Theodure Rex Audio book with this Narrator but thats a different book. Nothing bad to say about this. If the topic interest you its worth the time to listen.

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Dennis K.

I’ve listened to all three volumes of this biography and didn’t want it to end....I keep relistening to the last 2-3 hours. What an amazing life...what an amazingly involved and engrossing biography, and what an excellent job of narration. Deakins narrates the first and third volumes and is excellent throughout. Recommended as an absolutely essential part of American history more people should be aware of.

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Paul C

Edmund Morris' third and final entry in his brilliant trilogy biography of Teddy Roosevelt may languish slightly in its final chapters but it's a detailed and tremendously literary narrative about one of the nation's most fascinating men to hold the highest office.

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Steve Blakeman

A very good book about an amazing President. The third book in Morris' trilogy of Roosevelt's life.

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