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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks America; Unabridged edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602834024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602834026
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1858, the two candidates for a U.S. Senate seat in Illinois, Republican Abraham Lincoln and incumbent Democrat Stephen Douglas, engaged in a series of three-hour debates across the state, talking mainly about slavery and territorial expansion. This audiobook is a word-for-word chronicle of those debates. David Strathairn (Lincoln) and Richard Dreyfuss (Douglas) do an excellent job acting out these historic meetings. They use their own voices, with no attempt to recreate nineteenth-century Midwestern accents, and they successfully mimic the speaking patterns and pacing unique to orators of that era. Lincoln and Douglas never formally engaged in conversations during their debates, but Strathairn and Dreyfuss reconstruct the passion and lively repartee that characterized their confrontations. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

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The actors and narrator did a great job bringing the debates to life.
Hiker
Of all the movies that he has been in (and there have been some great ones), I personally like Moon Over Parador.
Spk
Anyone who has an appreciation of history or politics simply must listen to this recording.
Jim

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Veteran Reds Fan on July 29, 2009
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This 14 disc set includes the texts as transcribed by newspaper reporters, with introductions and occasional interjections by the audience. Allen Guelzo, who introduces the debates, does not sound like a college professor who happened to write a very fine book on the debates, but as another professionally trained voice. His spoken introduction is valuable for setting the context, but his book Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates that Defined America (Simon & Schuster Lincoln Library) is even better. A little reading ahead of time will help you with the Lecompton constitution, Douglas and Buchanan's conflicted relationship, and Lincoln's reading of the combined effects of Dred Scott and the Fugitive Slave Law.

Richard Dreyfuss gives Judge Douglas a fair reading and then some. In the later debates, under the stress of travel and frequent speaking and the shock of seeing how effective Lincoln's rhetoric had been, Douglas took to the bottle. Eyewitness accounts report slurred speech and mumbled references to his opponent as "Misha Linka." Here, Dreyfuss is clear and persuasive in each debate. He makes sure you know the overriding importance of popular sovereignty as a way of settling regional political disputes.

David Strathairn is a superb actor, but here his tendency to swallow the last syllable or two of each line is distracting, and hence my reason for 4 rather than 5 stars. Otherwise, his Lincoln is the epitome of Midwestern common sense, and like Lincoln himself, his speech takes on more power as we enter the decisive sixth and seventh debates at Quincy and Alton.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Spk on August 22, 2010
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These are the legendary debates between Abraham Lincoln and Senator Stephen Douglas for the senate seat from Illinois. The debates are on the question of continuing or ending American slavery. Lincoln loses the senate election, after these debates. But he electrifies the country (and listening you can understand why).

I literally would cheer loudly sometimes, as though I was in the audience in real time!.

Then two years later they face off again - this time in the election for President - and the rest is history!

These debates are a thriller! What magnificent construction, thrust & parry, acid and suckle. No seven game basketball series between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird can come even close to the excitement, consequence and sheer suspense of these 7 verbal duels!

In spite of the fact that we should not judge people for their thoughts and actions in their time, with our values today, I literally had to overcome my feelings of wanting to hurl the occasional tomato at Judge Stephen Douglas!

The two voice artists are par excellence.

David Strathairn starts off softly, and then grows stronger and stronger in his voice inflection and by the end of the seven debates, particularly in the 6th and 7th debates, he is booming with moral conviction and valor.

Richard Dreyfuss is just a delight to listen to. His voice and diction are sharp and are dripping with acid and contempt for his debate opponent. You literally squirm as he jabs and jeers at Lincoln, wondering how Lincoln is going to come back.

An additional note on Richard Dreyfuss. Here is a artist who clearly loves his profession. Of all the movies that he has been in (and there have been some great ones), I personally like Moon Over Parador.
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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates is a newly commissioned, unabridged audiobook presentation of the epic debates between future president Abraham Lincoln (played by David Strathairn) and Stephen Douglas (played by Richard Dreyfuss) during their 1858 senatorial campaign in Illinois, only a few years before the outbreak of the American Civil War. In an era of rising tensions, the main theme of these debates was slavery and its proliferation into the western territories; Douglas felt that each territory should answer the slavery question for itself, while Lincoln refuted this view feeling that it would nationalize and promote the continuation of the ill of slavery. Even though Douglas was destined to win re-election to the Senate, Lincoln's oratorical prowess and his anti-slavery viewpoint (remarkable in time when extreme racism was common) helped broaden his reputation and pave the way to his presidential election in 1860. A superbly performed recording, The Lincoln-Douglas Debates brings a pivotal moment in America's history to vivid life, and is enthusiastically recommended especially for public library audiobook collections. 14 CDs, 16 hours.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim on March 18, 2009
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The Dreyfuss - Strathairn recording of these monumental historical debates helped me to appreciate the magnificent intellect of both Lincoln and Douglas, while almost squirming from both of their attitudes regarding slavery. Anyone who has an appreciation of history or politics simply must listen to this recording. It is one of the best you will ever hear.
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Well presented in form , though Deyfus comes slow out of the gate.
Read along with the online transcripts.
The text was of its time, so there is a lot of 1850's local politics, but that WAS their audience.
They go for accuracy.
Still, a powerful window into the moment and the times
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