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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (22,827 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert A. Caro Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 2/14/2014

    " I read this book years ago....while I was reading all of Julia Alvarez books. Liked it then. Since it is this month's book club book, I listened to the Audible recording. Excellent. Each of the four Mirabel sisters had a different actress/reader reading her part. Julia Alvarez' family escaped from the Dominican Republic during the Trujillo regime. During the same time....the Mirabel sisters fought for democracy and lost their lives. This is a work of fiction based upon what the lives of these celebrated sisters may have been. It is historical fiction of this time in the Dominican Republic. Well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Onyi Hui | 2/7/2014

    " This is a good book to learn more about the people who were urder control by republican government. It is a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia Shumway | 2/4/2014

    " Super worth the read to learn about the Mirabal sisters and the end of the Trujillo era. Tragic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 2/3/2014

    " I enjoyed the history and I really liked the voices that Alvarez gave each sister. There is a certain power in having a voice and I think she really nails the dynamic of the power of giving someone a voice and making that voice so powerful that is sparks a revolution. It doesn't have to be a revolution on a large scale but maybe just a little one, one that inspires all those who read today to remember the past and the sacrifices made by the brave butterflies! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia Ambrose | 1/16/2014

    " Amazing. It's so sobering to have sat there reading the book and knowing that these sisters, families, all suffered and existed long before me. This book makes me nostalgic for a life I've never had. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 1/9/2014

    " I read this book for school sophomore year and really liked it. It was the only book I liked that year. I really liked learning about what the four sisters went through. It was a very insightful book and I really appreciated everything they went through for a cause they were passionate for. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kirei | 1/5/2014

    " I have the attention span of a gnat, so I think this is why I could not enjoy this book. I liked the concept of this book and I loved "Yo!" by the same author. However, this book moved too slowly and too BEAUTIFULLY for me! And it was very confusing. Was not the right book for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara Neal | 12/29/2013

    " Interesting book. Although I wasn't sure what the facts of the story were until the epilogue at the end. Well written. The different viewpoints made the story more interesting. It was nice to have the whole story from the four sisters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katee | 12/29/2013

    " Loved this book! After I went to the Dominican Republic this past summer, I was interested in learning more about the country. A good book on history, you will not be disappointed with the page-turning suspense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisol | 12/18/2013

    " This book had a great impact on me while I was growing up. It is the story about the Mirabal Sisters who fought against Rafael Trujillo's regime in the Dominican Republic. It inspired me to not be afraid to speak out and stand up for my rights. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gaby | 11/24/2013

    " Wow. This book was absolutely amazing and is one of the books that will change my life forever. It was beautiful, tragic, and inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa | 10/24/2013

    " This is the very sad story of Las Mariposas, 4 sisters fighting in the resistance in the Dominican Republic. It tells the story from each sisters point of view and shows how each of them was brave in their own way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie Morton | 10/5/2013

    " Tragic story. Illuminating life under a dictatorship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria Khalid | 9/20/2013

    " This is about sisters growing up in the Dominican Republic under the regime of the dictator Trujillo. Reading about what life is like living under a military regime in another country is always exciting. =) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexandra Castro | 9/7/2013

    " I think this book was great . I read it for spanish class and I would read it again . It captured my attention , to read about what happened to this girl and her family . I thought that back then there wasnt so much violence I was mistaken . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebeca | 3/11/2013

    " muy buena historia del amor entre hermanas, la intriga y suspenso, y el amor entre la guerra pone al lector como si estuviera viviendo el mismo la ansiedad y coraje de los personajes..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 12/9/2012

    " I LOVED this book. It's one of the best I've read in a while. The author's ability to combine fact and fiction is amazing. And I learned so much about the Dominican Republic! The Mariposas will stay with me forever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 3/13/2012

    " 3.5 stars. Intriguing and moving story about four sisters (based loosely on fact) involved in the revolution against Trujillo. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessy Robinson | 2/9/2012

    " This is a very education of the Trujillista period...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayle | 1/8/2012

    " Love this book, love this author.....what a story... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorna | 7/21/2011

    " A stirring journey of the Mirabel sisters of the Dominican Republic. Historical fiction at its finest. A frightening view into the lives of the people who lived under the dictatorship of Trujillo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Moffat | 7/14/2011

    " This novel gets 3 and a half stars from me. It is a fictionalised account of a true story of the Mirabel sisters fight against the tyrannical reign of Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. Sad and incredibly moving, I found this a lovely piece of writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenni | 7/7/2011

    " This book is great, written in a diary format shows you life during a revolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan | 3/21/2011

    " The greatest part of the greatest biography of all time. Not just an in-depth look at Johnson, but at the institutions in which he worked and the characters who shaped him. After all, people do not exist in a vacuum and Caro understands this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 2/21/2011

    " So, you think LBJ was a bad president?? Maybe he was. But no doubt, he was the most influential Senator in history. No one before or since has run the Senate like the clock LBJ did. You want to understand Cloture and the history of Civil Rights legislation, read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scot | 2/17/2011

    " This series completely changed my perception of LBJ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/29/2011

    " Exhausting and fantastic. What an accomplishment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hock | 1/28/2011

    " Caro and McMurtry have recreate the image of the letters in Texas. Master of the Senate is long and dense and deeply satisfying. I especially liked the passages regarding Truman's firing of MacArthur, Russell Long, and the passing of the civil rights act. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie | 12/11/2010

    " This is the only book in Robert Caro's four volume Years of Lyndon Johnson that I have read. It was engrossing and the best biography I have ever read. It helped me appreciate and fear the means some people go to to attain power. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Ronan | 11/22/2010

    " The fourth volume of this series will be released in 2012, we are told. Can't wait. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 10/14/2010

    " This volume is great biography, great history, presenting the villain as he inveigles national power. "

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About the Author
Author Robert A. Caro

Robert A. Caro has won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award multiple times, as well as also winning virtually every other major literary honor, including the National Book Award, the Gold Medal in Biography from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Francis Parkman Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians to the book that “exemplifies the union of the historian and the artist.” In 2010 President Obama presented him with the National Humanities Medal. Caro lives in New York City with his wife.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.