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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates Audio CD – Unabridged, January 1, 2009
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With an entertainment career spanning more than four decades, Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss has been one of America's most versatile and individualistic actors. He is also Founder and President of The Dreyfuss Initiative, a nonprofit organization committed to revitalizing America's civic culture. He serves on the American Bar Association's Education Committee, the Board of the National Constitution Center, and was Senior Research Advisory Member of St. Antony's College, Oxford University. --This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Again, though, I really do applaud this effort!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was an eye opener to read in their own words what these two political giants thought about race, national expansion of slavery, and what was right or wrong about the United... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Joe D. Stewart
Haven't listened to them yet so I can't really judge the product. Product arrived as advertised.Published 4 months ago by Mark P Hochgesang
Be aware if you download the Kindlefire version there is no audio. I made that mistake, spent 35 minutes with amazon to find the audio, to no avail. All nice folks. Still no audio.Published 6 months ago by hillybeans
Well presented in form , though Deyfus comes slow out of the gate.
Read along with the online transcripts. Read more
I have only just begun listening to the presentation and the speeches. I only wish I had an index of contents on each of the discs.Published on March 22, 2013 by Amazon Customer
wonderful compiliation of the debates for anyone who is interested. i highly recommend. you have to read these debates to get a sense of just how brilliant lincoln really was.Published on March 21, 2013 by Jan R. Schulman
Took a very long time to get through. It was worth it to perservere and listen to everything.
The actors and narrator did a great job bringing the debates to life.