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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,031 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David McCullough Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2004 ISBN: 9780743539197
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FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF JOHN ADAMS
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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fine account of Roosevelt's rise to manhood, well written and, like its subject, full of irrepressible vitality.”

    Denver Post

  • “This is a marvelous chronicle of manners and morals, love and duty, and as captivating as anything you will find between book covers in a long while.”

    Detroit News

  • “We have no better social historian.”

    New York Times

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 1982 National Book Award for Biography
  • Winner of the 1981 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography
  • A 1982 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Biography/Autobiography
  • A 2005 Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Alexander | 1/22/2014

    " This was definitely a good book but a lot of it failed to really engage me. Roosevelt's life is certainly very interesting, and a focus on his childhood and early adulthood really provides an interesting perspective on the facts that most people knew already but around which they had little personal historical context. For a reader like me, however, who is not a history buff and knows little even about Roosevelt's presidency, a more in-depth review might have been more interesting. Overall, however, I enjoyed this book and it was a nice change of pace to what I'm used to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kato | 1/18/2014

    " I loved to learn about Roosevelt's family life. I enjoyed the history of Theodore's Mother, Father, and Aunts and Uncles more than I enjoyed the sections about his own life. This book gives many great prospectives about this great man that will be hard to find in other bios, such as Theodore Rex. He is a product of his family life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce Cowan | 1/12/2014

    " 1st book read about T.R. by one of the best authors of history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Melnyk | 1/11/2014

    " I enjoyed this book on TR, by David McCullough, although I don't think it was as good as the other two I read by him, John Adams and Truman. I think far too much time was spent on Roosevelt's early battles with asthma. It was interesting reading about it, but just too much time and detail was devoted to it. I would have liked it better if that had been cut shorter and some time was spent on Roosevelt's later political life, rather than ending it basically with his run for Mayor of NYC. All in all, though, it was a good read, especially if you are into political history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/9/2014

    " An intimate biography of Teddie Roosevelt's early life as a sickly child growing up in a privileged family. McCullough shows how Roosevelt's close family, his travels, and intense grief all shaped this future president. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carly | 12/28/2013

    " A really good look at T. Roosevelt and his younger years. I actually started to read this because I was interested in his involvement in housing conditions of the poor in New York, and this book really broadened my view of the former president. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marin | 12/28/2013

    " This book humanizes Teddy Roosevelt by examining his fascinating childhood, family, and education. A gorgeous biography in that sense. For people who are more interested in the human character development than in the 19th century political history, the politics chapters are obvious and skippable I suppose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Star Johnson | 12/28/2013

    " Wish it would have gone longer and covered his presidency "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloria | 12/19/2013

    " Who does not love TR? Public image aside this is an intensely personal look at the man behind the public stereotype that has become the norm. Flawed human, yes, but that makes the read all the more compelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Graham Elvis | 12/8/2013

    " I only wish this one went on for more years of TR's life !!! McCullough is the man !!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mattb | 11/30/2013

    " Not as great as I had hoped, but still worth the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shenek | 11/1/2013

    " McCullough is my favorite nonfiction author. He made me curious to learn more about Teddy Roosevelt (the book stops before Roosevelt becomes president). I also grew to appreciate the many great qualities of Teddy Roosevelt and his family, especially their honesty and sense of family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bev | 10/27/2013

    " This is a wonderful book, about Teddy Roosevelt before he became president. His years in Oyster Bay..was sorry when I finished it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel | 10/21/2013

    " MCcoulgh did a great job on a fascinating Individual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doris | 10/11/2013

    " Enjoyed reading the first part of the book about his family and their lives. When it got into politics it was a bit boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Miller | 7/1/2013

    " A tribute to the family - especially the father that shaped this very influential President of the United States. Roosevelt is a classic example of how our weaknesses become our strengths as he overcame his physical limitations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyra | 6/27/2013

    " Made me a fan of TR and McCullough -- with one book. That's an accomplishment. I particularly liked the insight it provides on TR and early 20th C US, living in the shadow of decisions people made during the Civil War. Probably a connection we appreciate too little. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenalyn | 12/1/2012

    " Great book. Fantastic author. I love biographies, and historical fictional biographies also. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittney Urban | 10/16/2012

    " Took a while to get into, but I did enjoy it. I'm no history buff, so it was fun for me towards the end to recognize some of the other historical characters mentioned. Good learning experience as I know next to nothing about history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lumindanu | 6/18/2012

    " This book is marvelous, it's stuck with me for years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lotte | 6/10/2012

    " The subtitle of this book describes it well - definitely worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 4/19/2012

    " McCullough is a genius writer who makes historical figures vividly human for the reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 10/7/2011

    " One of my favorite books. Teddy Roosevelt was an amazing force of nature. The author takes you into his achievments and joy as well as his heartbreak and pain. This book gave me a great appreciation of President Theodore Roosevelt. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charlie | 6/27/2011

    " The book went into way too much detail about the minutiae of everyday daily life. I was looking for more stories of what made Teddy Roosevelt the outlandish and larger than life person he was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbra | 6/3/2011

    " Just rereading this after loaning it to a young man facing some of the difficulties the young TR faced. It touched me as much almost 15 years ago. We need a few more Teddy Roosevelts in 21st century America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 6/1/2011

    " Great read of a fascinating man and time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginny | 5/22/2011

    " A wonderful book about my favorite President :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 5/19/2011

    " Wonderful insight to the times and history of the era and a unique family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 5/12/2011

    " Actually I would give the first half of the book 5 stars. I didn't finish it only because it began to revolve around hunting and it lost its appeal to me. But he was truly a fascinating man, and I fell completely in love with his father. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl S. | 5/10/2011

    " Teddy Roosevelt as a child and young man. In the beginning it is difficult to keep father and son Theodores straight. TR Jr. is definately an "interesting" child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ddelmoni | 5/6/2011

    " I have two favorite Teddy Roosevelt biographies -- this one and the one I read in 6th grade. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 5/2/2011

    " A tribute to the family - especially the father that shaped this very influential President of the United States. Roosevelt is a classic example of how our weaknesses become our strengths as he overcame his physical limitations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martha | 4/7/2011

    " This was recommended by a friend. I'll let you know "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 3/24/2011

    " Another great read from David McCullough. This one is about Theodore Roosevelt but instead of focusing on the later life events we are all aware of (president, etc), he chooses to focus on his early life and basically asking the question "What made him the man he was?". Fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 3/18/2011

    " Interesting history, focused on his childhood and family life. "

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About the Author
Author David McCullough

David McCullough, acclaimed historian and New York Times bestselling author, has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. His other acclaimed books are 1776, Brave Companions, The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, and The Greater Journey. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

About the Narrator

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Audie Awards and twenty-two Earphones Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.