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Mornings on Horseback

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: David McCullough

Narrated By: Nelson Runger

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: January 2011

Duration: 19 hours 30 minutes


Winner of the 1982 National Book Award for Biography, Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as a masterpiece by Newsday, it is the story of a remarkable little boy -- seriously handicapped by recurrent and nearly fatal attacks of asthma -- and his struggle to manhood.
His father -- the first Theodore Roosevelt, 'Greatheart,' -- is a figure of unbounded energy, enormously attractive and selfless, a god in the eyes of his small, frail namesake. His mother -- Mittie Bulloch Roosevelt -- is a Southerner and celebrated beauty.
Mornings on Horseback spans seventeen years -- from 1869 when little 'Teedie' is ten, to 1886 when he returns from the West a 'real life cowboy' to pick up the pieces of a shattered life and begin anew, a grown man, whole in body and spirit.
This is a tale about family love and family loyalty...about courtship, childbirth and death, fathers and sons...about gutter politics and the tumultuous Republican Convention of 1884...about grizzly bears, grief and courage, and 'blessed' mornings on horseback at Oyster Bay or beneath the limitless skies of the Badlands.


  • Anonymous

    A fascinating book! It spent a great deal of time on Teddy's childhood and that of his parents, which I was not expecting. However, it was a great way to really understand where he came from and the type of person he actually was. For more than a standard retelling of what a President did while in office (which this book doesn't even attempt to do), learn about the person, read this book.

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  • Marianne Robinson

    I loved this book! The narrator is excellent and it was one of the most interesting books I have ever read on the subject

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  • Michael Scott

    Another fantastic book by David McCullough. I've thoroughly enjoyed every book I’ve read of his. He always seems to put you right there in the Drivers Seat, as if you are watching the events unfold in front of you. In that respect, he again succeeded with this book. It was filled details of the family itself, starting briefly with his grandfather. You get a sense of the importance of integrity, love, and “family” that was so important to 3 generations of the Roosevelts. I especially enjoyed reading of his time in the Badlands of the Dakota’s. I was quite surprised though, by where the book ended. He didn’t go into Roosevelt’s Presidency, his time in the Rough Riders, his role in building the Panama Canal – pretty much anything after his failed bid for Mayor of New York. Being left in the lurch, I immediately added “The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt” & “Theodore Rex”, both by Edmund Morris, to the top of my Rental Shelf, so I can learn more of this incredible man. An Excellent Read!

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  • Albert

    This is about the Roosevelt family but centered on "Teddy" Roosevelt. We made it through the entire book in spite of some tedious sections. We enjoyed learning about the family.

  • Scott Anderson

    I can't believe how much information was in this book that I did not know on teddy Roosevelt. The writer was prolific in showing how Theodore Roosevelt became the Teddy Roosevelt that we knew and loved more so than any other Roosevelt of the family until Franklin Delano Roosevelt arrived on the scene many years later. The book was very well written and the audible version was well spoken. A must read for those that love presidential history and are intrigued by the Roosevelt family.

  • Kathy

    This book started out great, and then went on and on and on. My disappointment was that most of the book was about TR's childhood (and even his parents' childhoods). I appreciate that all of that molded him, but it was just too much detail. Also, when Edward Hermann was the narrator, it was very interesting. Then, for reasons unexplained, there would be a woman reading for a few chapters. When it first happened, I wasn't even sure she was reading from the same book. I finally gave up at the end of CD #5.

  • Daparoye

    I cannot believe how much I did not know about Teddy Roosevelt. What a wonderful story ... and that it is true is even more amazing. David McCullough has a gift and I am eagerly awaiting my next McCullough audio book. The reader is fantastic! If you have even a vague interest in our American history, this will captivate you.

  • Kathy Jernigan

    A super listen. I am a McCullough fan. A wonderful insight into the Roosevelt family. The power of this President is needed today.

  • West

    A great book. I learned so much about the Roosevelt family and the context of his life. A very rich narrative. I spent a whole week listening to it on my way to work. What is really an hour and a half seemed like 30 minutes. Highly recommended.

  • Anonymous

    Teddy Roosevelt grew up in a privileged family, but experienced some hardships. I was not aware of much about the Roosevelt family before reading this selection.

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