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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
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 2 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.