A dual narration such as this one—with the author beginning and concluding the audiobook—can be tricky. The voice of the author settles independently on the listener. The tone of the work is carried on by the narrator. In this case, the hand-offs come off smoothly, and both author and narrator gracefully deliver the theme that we’ve been through dark times before (Alien and Sedition laws, the Civil War, the rise of the KKK, McCarthyism) and prevailed. Fred Sanders is a compelling narrator who brings these foundational American stories to life with admirable poise. He is especially good at reading famous texts as though they were new. His storytelling style enhances the meaning of Meacham’s prose. This is an audiobook to listen to, absorb, and contemplate. A.D.M. 2018 Best Audiobook © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2018]
Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2018
CD ISBN 9780525640035 $40.00 Nine CDs
DD ISBN 9780525640042 $22.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2018
CD ISBN 9780525640059 $40.00 Nine CDs
DD ISBN 9780525640066 $85.50
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