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Victoria Wright

Victoria Wright The Berkshires, MA Member Since 2007

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  • "Didion deserves better."

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    Joan Didion's writing is fabulous, insightful, spare. She deserves much better treatment than she gets from Diane Keaton, whom I love as an actress, but who is NOT a good reader. Her mispronunciations are legion, and it is painfully obvious that she is doing this reading cold. But frankly, I blame Audible's obvious desire to whip through these recordings rather than taking the time to produce something flawless--which both the author and the reader deserve. Would it kill them to go back and dub a few mistakes? Didion deserves better.

    Still worth a listen, though, because even though Keaton's not so hot, Didion is that good.

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    Slouching Towards Bethlehem

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Diane Keaton
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    Universally acclaimed from the time it was first published in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has been admired for decades as a stylistic masterpiece. Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton (Annie Hall, The Family Stone) performs these classic essays, including the title piece, which will transport the listener back to a unique time and place: the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco during the neighborhood’s heyday as a countercultural center.

    Victoria Wright says: "Didion deserves better."
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  • On the Origin of Species

    "Simple, Elegant and Enlightening"

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    What did you love best about On the Origin of Species?

    The simple elegance, and the numerous examples of what he was talking about. You didn't need to trust him, because he provided examples of everything.


    What other book might you compare On the Origin of Species to and why?

    Richard Dawkins "The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution". It covers the sam esubject but with more modern research and examples.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Dawkins – was your favorite?

    There is only one- Mr. Darwin.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The discussion of the Slave ants. Intriguing.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. It answered so many questions I had. Now mind, it is a bit outdated now. While all the general ground rules remain the same there is a plethora of new research that you will find covered in more detail in Mr. Dawkins "The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution".

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  • 4.9 (15 ratings)
    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume I (






UNABRIDGED) by Edward Gibbon Narrated by David Timson

    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume I

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated By David Timson
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    Some 250 years after its first publication, Gibbon's Decline and Fall is still regarded as one of the greatest histories in Western literature. He reports on more than 1,000 years of an empire which extended from the most northern and western parts of Europe to deep into Asia and Africa and covers not only events but also the cultural and religious developments that effected change during that time.

    Allen L. Harris says: "DAVID TIMSON IS AMAZING!"
  • 4.5 (2030 ratings)
    Roots: The Saga of an American Family (






UNABRIDGED) by Alex Haley Narrated by Avery Brooks

    Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    Kevin says: "Powerful"
  • 4.3 (400 ratings)
    On the Origin of Species (






ABRIDGED) by Charles Darwin Narrated by Richard Dawkins

    On the Origin of Species

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Darwin
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins
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    (400)
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    (215)
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    (207)

    Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion and a life-long committed Darwinist, abridges and reads this special audio version of Charles Darwin's famous book. A literally world-changing book, Darwin put forward the anti-religious and scientific idea that humans in fact evolved over millions of generations from animals, starting with fish, all the way up through the ranks to apes, then to our current form.

    M says: "A Perfect Abridgement"
  • 4.5 (98 ratings)
    The Complete Essays of Montaigne (






UNABRIDGED) by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Donald M. Frame (translator) Narrated by Christopher Lane

    The Complete Essays of Montaigne

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Donald M. Frame (translator)
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
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    (98)
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    (78)
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    “A faithful translation is rare; a translation which preserves intact the original text is very rare; a perfect translation of Montaigne appears impossible. Yet Donald Frame has realized this feat. One does not seem to be reading a translation, so smooth and easy is the style; at each moment, one seems to be listening to Montaigne himself - the freshness of his ideas, the unexpected choice of words. Frame has kept everything.” (Andre Maurois, The New York Times Book Review)

    andrew says: "A lifetime companion"
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  • 4.3 (94 ratings)
    The Autobiography of Saint Therese of Lisieux: The Story of a Soul (






UNABRIDGED) by Therese Martin, John Beevers (translator) Narrated by Sherry Kennedy Brownrigg

    The Autobiography of Saint Therese of Lisieux: The Story of a Soul

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    • By Therese Martin, John Beevers (translator)
    • Narrated By Sherry Kennedy Brownrigg
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    Sharing memories from early childhood through her life as a Carmelite nun, Therese opens her heart to us. This bride of Christ reveals her passion and longing for union with God. Her simplicity is charming and we begin to believe that we can travel the path to salvation that she points out to us.

    Jessica says: "Loved It!"
  • 4.5 (82 ratings)
    The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States (






UNABRIDGED) by Random House Audio Narrated by Frank Langella, Boyd Gaines

    The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States

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    • By Random House Audio
    • Narrated By Frank Langella, Boyd Gaines
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    Here are the two most treasured documents of American freedom together on one audiobook. Drafted by Thomas Jefferson in 1776 as an act of rebellion, the Declaration of Independence powerfully expresses the political principles of an emerging nation. Ratified in 1788, the Constitution for the United States remains a shining example of patriotism and compromise.

    Larry says: "Kindly informative"
  • 4.4 (82 ratings)
    The Age of Reason (






UNABRIDGED) by Thomas Paine Narrated by Robin Field

    The Age of Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Thomas Paine
    • Narrated By Robin Field
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    Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason; Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology, published in three parts from 1794, was a best seller in America, where it caused a short-lived deistic revival. Promoting a creator-God while advocating reason in the place of revelation, Paine’s controversial pamphlet caused his native British audience, fearing the results of the French Revolution, to receive it with more hostility than their American counterparts.

    Darwin8u says: "Amazed by the energy, originality & bravery"
  • 4.6 (42 ratings)
    C. S. Lewis: Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces (






UNABRIDGED) by C. S. Lewis Narrated by Ralph Cosham

    C. S. Lewis: Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 1 min)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    (42)
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    (36)
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    This is an extensive collection of short essays and other pieces by C. S. Lewis that have been brought together in one volume for the first time. As well as his many books, letters, and poems, Lewis also wrote a great number of essays and shorter pieces on various subjects. He wrote extensively on Christian theology and the defense of faith but also on various ethical issues and on the nature of literature and storytelling. In this essay collection we find a treasure trove of Lewis' reflections on diverse topics.

    Craig says: "All You'll Ever Need As Far As Lewis' Essays Go"
  • Autobiography of a Yogi (






UNABRIDGED) by Paramahansa Yogananda Narrated by Ben Kingsley

    Autobiography of a Yogi

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paramahansa Yogananda
    • Narrated By Ben Kingsley
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    When Autobiography of a Yogi first appeared in 1946, it was acclaimed as a landmark work in its field. The New York Times hailed it as "a rare account". Newsweek pronounced it "fascinating". The San Francisco Chronicle declared, "Yogananda presents a convincing case for yoga, and those who 'came to scoff' may remain 'to pray." Today it is still one of the most widely read and respected books ever published on the wisdom of the East.

    D says: "Spiritually Uplifting -- and entertaining!"
  • The Art of War: The Strategy of Sun Tzu (






UNABRIDGED) by Sun Tzu Narrated by Mike Borris

    The Art of War: The Strategy of Sun Tzu

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    • By Sun Tzu
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    This timeless text is required listening for any business person or athlete interested in strategy. It includes a soundtrack entitled "The Mysterious Sound of Wind In the Bamboo", a 43-minute collection of Zen-inspired Japanese music by the Matsu Take Ensemble.

    Kwinsee says: "Surprise change"
  • The Prince (






UNABRIDGED) by Niccolo Machiavelli Narrated by Grover Gardner

    The Prince

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    • By Niccolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    From his perspective in Renaissance Italy, Machiavelli's aim in this classic work was to resolve conflict with the ruling prince, Lorenzo de Medici. Machiavelli based his insights on the way people really are rather than an ideal of how they should be. This is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince, a king, or a president.

    Douglas says: "Worth Reading but Not Sure What the Big Deal Is"
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family (






UNABRIDGED) by Alex Haley Narrated by Avery Brooks

    Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
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    (2030)
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    (1165)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    Kevin says: "Powerful"
  •  
  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume I (






UNABRIDGED) by Edward Gibbon Narrated by David Timson

    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume I

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated By David Timson
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    (15)
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    (15)
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    (15)

    Some 250 years after its first publication, Gibbon's Decline and Fall is still regarded as one of the greatest histories in Western literature. He reports on more than 1,000 years of an empire which extended from the most northern and western parts of Europe to deep into Asia and Africa and covers not only events but also the cultural and religious developments that effected change during that time.

    Allen L. Harris says: "DAVID TIMSON IS AMAZING!"
  • C. S. Lewis: Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces (






UNABRIDGED) by C. S. Lewis Narrated by Ralph Cosham

    C. S. Lewis: Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 1 min)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    This is an extensive collection of short essays and other pieces by C. S. Lewis that have been brought together in one volume for the first time. As well as his many books, letters, and poems, Lewis also wrote a great number of essays and shorter pieces on various subjects. He wrote extensively on Christian theology and the defense of faith but also on various ethical issues and on the nature of literature and storytelling. In this essay collection we find a treasure trove of Lewis' reflections on diverse topics.

    Craig says: "All You'll Ever Need As Far As Lewis' Essays Go"
  • Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience (






UNABRIDGED) by Henry David Thoreau Narrated by Rupert Degas

    Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
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    (158)

    In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, one of the principal New England Transcendentalists, left the small town of Concord for the country. Beside the lake of Walden he built himself a log cabin and returned to nature, to observe and reflect – while surviving on eight dollars a year. From this experience emerged Walden, one of the great classics of American literature.

    Abby says: "One-note"
  • The Souls of Black Folk (






UNABRIDGED) by W. E. B. Du Bois Narrated by Mirron Willis

    The Souls of Black Folk

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Du Bois
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (52)
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    (37)
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    (40)

    “The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line,” writes Du Bois, in one of the most prophetic works in all of American literature. First published in 1903, this collection of 15 essays dared to describe the racism that prevailed at that time in America—and to demand an end to it. Du Bois’ writing draws on his early experiences, from teaching in the hills of Tennessee, to the death of his infant son, to his historic break with the conciliatory position of Booker T. Washington.

    Jonathan Homrighausen says: "Sadly, still true."
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  • On the Origin of Species (






ABRIDGED) by Charles Darwin Narrated by Richard Dawkins

    On the Origin of Species

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Darwin
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (207)

    Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion and a life-long committed Darwinist, abridges and reads this special audio version of Charles Darwin's famous book. A literally world-changing book, Darwin put forward the anti-religious and scientific idea that humans in fact evolved over millions of generations from animals, starting with fish, all the way up through the ranks to apes, then to our current form.

    M says: "A Perfect Abridgement"
  • The Art of War [Blackstone Version] (






UNABRIDGED) by Sun-Tzu, translation by John Minford Narrated by Lorna Raver, Ray Porter

    The Art of War [Blackstone Version]

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sun-Tzu, translation by John Minford
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver, Ray Porter
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    For more than two thousand years, The Art of War has stood as a cornerstone of Chinese culture, a lucid epigrammatic text that reveals as much about human psychology, politics, and economics as it does about battlefield strategy. The influence of Sun-Tzu's text has grown tremendously in the West in recent years, with military leaders, politicians, and corporate executives alike finding valuable insight in these ancient words.

    David says: "Excellent book on tactics and strategy"
  • The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: or, The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life (






UNABRIDGED) by Charles Darwin Narrated by Robin Field

    The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: or, The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charles Darwin
    • Narrated By Robin Field
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    (36)
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    (38)

    The Origin of Species sold out on the first day of its publication in 1859. It is the major book of the 19th century and one of the most readable and accessible of the great revolutionary works of the scientific imagination. Though, in fact, little read, most people know what it says—at least they think they do. The Origin of Species was the first mature and persuasive work to explain how species change through the process of natural selection. Upon its publication, the book began to transform attitudes about society and religion.

    Riegholt says: "Best way to read the classic!"
  • An Introduction to Philosophy (






UNABRIDGED) by George Stuart Fullerton Narrated by Mark Moseley

    An Introduction to Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By George Stuart Fullerton
    • Narrated By Mark Moseley
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    This classic explains American philosopher George Stuary Fullerton's realistic views on philosophy. Fullerton, born in India, spent time at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale Divinity School, Columbia University, and the University of Vienna. He was president of the American Psychological Association in 1896.

  • James Monroe's Final Address (






UNABRIDGED) by James Monroe Narrated by John Greenman

    James Monroe's Final Address

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By James Monroe
    • Narrated By John Greenman
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    Monroe emphasizes his hope of doing away with the slave trade. He also deals with treaties, commerce, and the budget.

  • John Bunyan's Last Sermon (






UNABRIDGED) by John Bunyan Narrated by Glenn Hascall

    John Bunyan's Last Sermon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By John Bunyan
    • Narrated By Glenn Hascall
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    It was the summer of 1668 when John Bunyan preached his last sermon. Bunyan is most noted for spending time in prison and for writing one of the most popular books in history, Pilgrim’s Progress. His life lessons culminate in this final sermon. Narrated by Glenn Hascall.

  • El príncipe [The Prince] (






UNABRIDGED) by Nicolás Maquiavelo Narrated by José Carlos Domínguez

    El príncipe [The Prince]

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Nicolás Maquiavelo
    • Narrated By José Carlos Domínguez
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    El príncipe de Nicolás Maquiavelo es una de las grandes obras de la filosofía política occidental y constituye una muestra de pensamiento irreverente, polémico, un tanto irónico y siempre lúcido. Aquí se encuentra la primera reflexión moderna sobre el poder estatal, su origen y sus medios de legitimación.

  • Thomas Jefferson's Last Address to Congress (






UNABRIDGED) by Thomas Jefferson Narrated by John Greenman

    Thomas Jefferson's Last Address to Congress

    • UNABRIDGED (22 mins)
    • By Thomas Jefferson
    • Narrated By John Greenman
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    Jefferson is often cited as an important figure in early American democracy. He envisioned democracy as an expression of society as a whole, and called for national self-determination, cultural uniformity, and education of all the people (or all the males, as he believed at the time). His emphasis on uniformity did not envision a multiracial republic in which some groups were not fully assimilated into the identical republican values.

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  • The Marvelous Exploits of Paul Bunyan (






UNABRIDGED) by W. B. Laughead Narrated by Glenn Hascall

    The Marvelous Exploits of Paul Bunyan

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By W. B. Laughead
    • Narrated By Glenn Hascall
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    This audiobook serves as a 'documentary' of a true American legend. You'll hear journalistic accounts of Paul, Babe, and Benny along with lesser recollected men like Brimstone Bill, the little Chore-boy, Sourdough Sam, the Seven Axemen, and accountant Johnny Inkslinger. Tall tales abound in this creative narrative and provide evidence of a fictitious founding of so many American tales and landmarks.

  • A Book of Golden Deeds, Vol. 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Charlotte Mary Yonge Narrated by David Thorn, Susan McCarthy, Bobbie Frohman

    A Book of Golden Deeds, Vol. 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Charlotte Mary Yonge
    • Narrated By David Thorn, Susan McCarthy, Bobbie Frohman
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    A Golden Deed must be something more than mere display of fearlessness. Grave and resolute fulfilment of duty is required to give it the true weight. For the true metal of a Golden Deed is self-devotion. Selfishness is the dross and alloy that gives the unsound ring to many an act that has been called glorious. And, on the other hand, it is not only the valor, which meets a thousand enemies upon the battlefield, or scales the walls in a forlorn hope, that is of true gold....

  • The Gettysburg Address (






UNABRIDGED) by Abraham Lincoln Narrated by John W. Michaels

    The Gettysburg Address

    • UNABRIDGED (2 mins)
    • By Abraham Lincoln
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    Abraham Lincoln delivered what is considered to be the most famous speech ever at the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863. There are five known copies of this speech in Lincoln’s handwriting, each with a slightly different text. John W Michaels reads from the Bliss copy which appears on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. In the background we hear the U.S. Army chorus performing the Battle hymn of the Republic.