The actors reading the speeches are just plain bad. Speeches should not be read as if they were books on tape--but as speeches! Here the actors essentially speak in a monotone. The selection of live speeches leaves much to be desired. No matter what you think of Bill Clinton, does he deserve ANY time in the Greatest Speeches of All Time? NO! Does he deserve 30 minutes? HA! Does Gloria Steinham deserve even so much as one second? Give me a break! This title is so bad that it is putrid. Don't even think of getting it.
Say something about yourself!
For each speech the producers hired an actor who could mimic the real person - and then instructed them to speak in a serious and dull tone so that listeners would know that this is important stuff. A real speaker passionate about their cause and subject would not read this material with the lack of emotion shown by these actors.
The book is a good resource for recordings of contemporary speeches, and those not captured in the original speakers voice are largely well done (not all, unfortunately). The choice of which speeches qualified for this book makes for a curious list, heavily weighted in the 20th Century. The choices from the last 30 years or so seem particularly out of place on a "Greatest" list. There are notable speeches missing as well, but all in all, the book is worth hearing and owning.
If these are the best speeches of all time then public speaking should be banned. Moreover, the readers here are so mellowdramatic and so overact the parts that is nearly comedic. Listen to the sample before buying and you will see.
R. Reagan. But then I didn't get to hear the full compliment of speeches!
Yeah, I only got 13 speeches 1hr 41mins worth, not the 40+ as advertised. No Joan of Arc, no Earhart, no Washington. ETC.
The time was well spent but I terribly disappointed the my older copy of the book was wiped off clean on my account without my permissions is that how audible do business ?
This collection walks the listener through history with what is arguably, the most accurate representation of where we've been [as a society] and where we're headed. While I am no fan of Bill Clinton, his speech "The Coronation" is by far the best representation of mastery of oration as there ever was. Worth the price and the time to listen to, over and over.
I don't think these are the greatest speaches. Some like Socrates, Winston Churchill & King are, but there are way too many American President speeches. It is difficult to understand why there are not great speeches from other politicians in other countries for example Nelson Mandela (if you had to throw in politician speeches at all!)