A classic of travel literature, of political writing, and of world history, Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America introduced America to the world before it was dry behind the ears. And since its publication in 1835, it has introduced countless Americans to themselves. This young Frenchman witnessed America in the throes of its moody pre-adolescence. His comments on economic inequality, American slavery, and the rise of America as a world power still thrill for their political insight and their prescience. The excerpts here, narrated with a fusty, old-school verve by George Guidall, are not only crucial historical documents, but constitute some of the gems of American political literature.
(P)1992 by Recorded Books, Inc.; Cover Art ©1992 by Joseph Forte
A great work of historical literature absolutely marred by the low quality of the recording. The audio is grainy and the speaker's voice is therefore transformed into a muddled rasp. This is unacceptable for an audio book and reveals Audible's stunning lack of failure in quality control.
This book, unfortunately, was my first choice as a new member at Audible; if it points to the standard for their other collections I will not subscribe for long.
This title requires a complete re-work of the audio. For the price of the audiobook it is a necessity that they do so. The book itself is of paramount importance and should be read by everyone before leaving high school. This is a foundation document that should be preserved with more respect.
I haven't read the book , but after all I have heard , I expected Greatness.Instead , I am forced to endure a biography of the author first , which , while perhaps may be interesting , though not to me , consumes much time , on this abridged edition.
The sound quality is poor , especially at 75 MPH , in a class 8 semi , no matter how good the sound system is.And mine is Premium.
The emphasis on certain passages of the book , to the exclusion of other , and , perhaps, more important passages , is unfortunate.
What those passages are , I haven't a clue , as this is , again , an abridged edition.
Would that there were an unabridged edition available , on audio , that I might judge for myself.
On the whole ,therefore , did I gain , from this listen , for the sum required ? Only if I had never been exposed , even remotely , to the conclusions the author expressed. I , unfortunately ,have , and therefore , while I might give this edition away , I cannot recommend it's purchase.
Perhaps others will be more fortunate.
"Democracy in America" is a wonderful snapshot of the American republic taken by a European tourist and scholar. The audio rendition is so-so, but the text carries the day.
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