Everyone is aware of the old maxim, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Luckily, Jimcin Recordings has released a fine production of The Federalist Papers, with veteran narrator Jim Killavey giving a hard-nosed performance, providing listeners with an easy and pleasurable entry to some of the original documents informing the organization of the United States of America. Written by Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and John Jay The Federalist Papers is a collection of essays concerning the ratification of the United States Constitution and about their broader ideas on government and society. This production is essential listening for anyone interested in government and the origins of America's policies.
The articles were written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, under the pseudonym "Publius". James Madison is generally credited as the father of the Constitution and became the fourth president of the United States. Alexander Hamilton was an active delegate at the Constitutional Convention, and became the first Secretary of the Treasury. John Jay became the first Chief Justice of the United States.
The following representative essays are included in this collection as well as the United States Constitution and the Amendments: "Introduction", by Alexander Hamilton; "Concerning Dangers from Foreign Force and Influence", by John Jay (in four parts); "Concerning Dangers from Dissensions Between the States, by Alexander Hamilton; "The Consequences of Hostilities Between the States", by Alexander Hamilton; "The Utility of the Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection", by Alexander Hamilton and James Madison; and more.
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I have openly wept reading these essays with their vision of what our republic could be and what it could turn into if we make the wrong choices. So I was predisposed to enjoy this audio book, but the reader was so dry and seemingly uninvolved that I can't recommend this one.
This is NOT the entire 85-article collection. Once I purchased this I the first 20 seconds of the introduction tells you it is only 18 of the essays. What a crock! Why can't audible be honest about their products?
Killavey's diction and pronunciation are acceptable, but he simply doesn't understand what he's reading, and as a result his intonation contributes nothing to understanding the meaning intended by the author, or even the structure of the sentences. He is, in effect, nothing but a human form of text-to-speech. I found myself, after listening to a sentence, re-articulating the same words, with properly distributed emphasis and pauses. I'm no professional actor, but it was easy to improve EVERY sentence.
Other readers featured by Audible range from competent to magnificent.
In addition, the omission from this collection of the great bulk of the Federalist opus is troubling. Shouldn't the description state that it's only "a sampling"?
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