“Eleanor Roosevelt’s life—from her
birth in 1884 to her death in 1962—is read in the steady voice of Tavia
Gilbert. Being the niece of Theodore Roosevelt and fifth cousin of her husband,
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor was in the unique position to experience
life from inside the New York governor’s house and the White House over five
decades, first under her uncle’s administrations and then her husband’s.
Gilbert performs this autobiography crisply and with little emotion. As
Roosevelt, Gilbert tells of life as a teacher; homemaker; mother to six
children, five of whom survived; first lady; and humanitarian during and after
FDR’s death. Gilbert’s performance lacks Roosevelt’s cultured tones.
Surprisingly, there are no clips of Roosevelt’s own voice; nevertheless, this
audiobook performance will engage listeners from the first minutes to the last.”