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Publisher's Summary

Hear some of the greatest American essays ever written! This unabridged collection covers a multitude of subjects, including philosophy, politics, turkeys, and dogs.

It includes Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self-Reliance"; Henry David Thoreau's "Walking" and "Civil Disobedience"; Mark Twain's "Hunting the Deceitful Turkey"; Benjamin's Franklin's "Reply to a Begging Letter"; and Thomas Paine's "The American Crisis".

You'll also hear "The Union and Its New Constitution" by Alexander Hamilton; "The Art of Publicity" by P. T. Barnum; John Burroughs's "A Life of Fear"; Bradford Torry's "A Short Month"; Eugene Field's "Other People's Dogs"; and James Russell Lowell's "Abraham Lincoln".

©1987 Jimcin Recordings; (P)1987 Jimcin Recordings

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  • D. Hile
  • Evans, GA United States
  • 04-15-09

May be good but cant get over the reader

This could be a good book but its reader is too mono-tone to stick with the book long enough to enjoy the essays. Only a touch more inflection would make a world of difference.

8 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Greg Gauthier
  • 04-12-16

Macbook Voice Synth Would Have Been Cheaper

What would have made Great American Essays better?

Narration and editing are horrendous. The flat readings, and the ridiculously unnatural breaks, pauses, and stress points, make this about as tolerable as if I'd had my Macbook voice synthesizer read the essays to me. I regret the purchase.

Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

Narration and editing are horrendous. The flat readings, and the ridiculously unnatural breaks, pauses, and stress points, make this about as tolerable as if I'd had my Macbook voice synthesizer read the essays to me. I regret the purchase.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narration and editing are horrendous. The flat readings, and the ridiculously unnatural breaks, pauses, and stress points, make this about as tolerable as if I'd had my Macbook voice synthesizer read the essays to me. I regret the purchase.

What character would you cut from Great American Essays?

Narration and editing are horrendous. The flat readings, and the ridiculously unnatural breaks, pauses, and stress points, make this about as tolerable as if I'd had my Macbook voice synthesizer read the essays to me. I regret the purchase.

Any additional comments?

Narration and editing are horrendous. The flat readings, and the ridiculously unnatural breaks, pauses, and stress points, make this about as tolerable as if I'd had my Macbook voice synthesizer read the essays to me. I regret the purchase.

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  • Paul Callum
  • 08-01-16

dreadful narration

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

someone deaf

What did you like best about this story?

the content

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

dreadfully stilted. Fantastic content that was absolutely ruined by the narration. Very disappointed