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Burr

A Novel (Narratives of Empire, Book 1)
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Series: Narratives of Empire, Book 1
Length: 21 hrs and 20 mins
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For listeners who can’t get enough of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, Gore Vidal’s stunning novel about Aaron Burr, the man who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel - and who served as a successful, if often feared, statesman of our fledgling nation.

Here is an extraordinary portrait of one of the most complicated - and misunderstood - figures among the Founding Fathers. In 1804, while serving as vice president, Aaron Burr fought a duel with his political nemesis, Alexander Hamilton, and killed him. In 1807, he was arrested, tried, and acquitted of treason. In 1833, Burr is newly married, an aging statesman considered a monster by many. But he is determined to tell his own story, and he chooses to confide in a young New York City journalist named Charles Schermerhorn Schuyler. Together, they explore both Burr's past - and the continuing civic drama of their young nation. 

Burr is the first novel in Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire series, which spans the history of the United States from the Revolution to post-World War II. With their broad canvas and sprawling cast of fictional and historical characters, these novels present a panorama of American politics and imperialism, as interpreted by one of our most incisive and ironic observers.

©1973 by Gore Vidal. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Finally! Vidal's Great Take on the Life of Burr

I began listening to audiobooks in the late 1990s when i moved to the mountains, adopted two dogs, and took them on daily walks of several miles. In those days you "rented" books on audiotape (or checked them out of the library) and played them on a Walkman (get it?) or similar device. That's how I first listened to this book. I loved it so much that I purchased a (used) set of the tapes and listened to it numerous times over 10 years or so.

The walks continued, but the tapes stretched, the devices evolved, and when I joined Audible and eventually began listening with iPhone and Bluetooth I lost access to Grover Gardner's excellent rendition of this classic. I have more than once begged Audible to add it, and while I don't think they did it for me (smile) I am delighted and grateful to see it here today! I see that Audible will launch the companion novel Lincoln in a few weeks - also read by Gardner, also wonderful.

After listening to (or reading) Gore Vidal's story of the Burr/Hamilton rivalry, Hamilton the Musical will likely seem more of a fantasy than ever.

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Delicious

Yep, I'm a self-avowed Vidal groupie: have read "Burr" about five times over the past 20 years and was thrilled to see Audible finally added it to its catalog. You either get Vidal or you don't: he was acerbic, exacting, scholarly, bitchy and enormously entertaining. Our politics don't always line up, but his insights into the paths by which the U.S. arrived at its current point-in-time on the world stage are spot-on. Listen carefully: rewind and review, if need be. However, you'll not consider America's Founding Fathers (and a few of its Mothers) as you had previously after listening/reading "Burr." You GO, Gore!

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  • Andrew William McCallum
  • 06-30-19

brilliant

a tour de force. Couldnt believe when this was released on audible. absolutely fantastic! a w