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A great speech can stir the soul and inspire a nation. This compact and affordable anthology gathers complete speeches and selected excerpts from memorable addresses by Martin Luther King, Mohandas Gandhi, Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, Ronald Reagan, Elie Wiesel, the Dalai Lama, César Chávez, and many others.

Includes three selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

©2012 BN Publishing (P)2012 BN Publishing

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  • Spencer
  • North Attleboro, MA, United States
  • 11-02-14

Not as packaged

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No speeches by Martin Luther King Jr, Mohandas Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Malcom X, Ronald Reagan or Elie Wiesel. Only speeches from other American polticians arguing such things as the policy of the Gold Standard.<br/>

Has Great Speeches of the 20th Century turned you off from other books in this genre?

Only by Bob Blaisdell

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

No.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Informed me about the debate re: the gold standard.

Any additional comments?

I probably should request a refund.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Isaac
  • brooklyn, NY, United States
  • 06-12-13

No metadata - You have to guess who is speaking

What did you like best about Great Speeches of the 20th Century? What did you like least?

Obviously, it's quality content. But, it would be nice to know the "who/when/where" of each of the speeches. Many are obvious, but there are more than a few that I couldn't pick out. <br/><br/>Additionally, the chaptering doesn't seem to coincide with the speeches. One chapter contains more than one speech.

Would you be willing to try another book from Bob Blaisdell? Why or why not?

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What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

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Do you think Great Speeches of the 20th Century needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

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Any additional comments?

Metadata and/or a better description on the Audio Book detail page would be very helpful.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Needs Narration

This just plays one speech after another with no narration of who is even speaking. The only one I recognized was Martin Luther King JR. It would be nice to at least have somebody narrate at least the name of the speaker, name of speech and/or time&place it took place. At the very least we could have been given a table of contents or outline. I was born in the late 80s I wasn't around for any of these. I cannot possibly recognize or know who is speaking. I was hoping to learn from this audiobook.

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Great for studying speeches!

No story, just a lot of pivotal speeches. If you ever wondered about the whole I have a dream spwwch, the Pearl Harbor Declaration of War or Churchill's Fight On speech, wonder no more!

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  • Alec
  • Studio City, CA, United States
  • 12-13-16

Great but....

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Great to have all of these speeches to listen to. One big problem in my opinion: there's no kind of introduction to any of the speeches. Many I happened to know who they were or what the speeches were about, but many I did not. This book REALLY needs some sort of short introduction to each speech for those of us who don't automatically know all the names, and basic details. I suspect that most people listening to this would feel that way, but that's just my opinion.

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No introduction to speeches/info

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No idea.

Has Great Speeches of the 20th Century turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

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

The Sound quality was inconsistent. Some speeches were very clear while others were indistinct. Also, it would have been nice to at least have an intro as to who was speaking next and the year the speech was given.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Irritation.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-28-13

Disappointing

Perhaps I should have realised from the fact that these are the original recordings of speeches, but the recording quality of some of these is awful and very distracting. The speeches are presented with no introduction, so unless you recognise the speech by the voice of the speaker, or the content, you will have no way of knowing who is speaking. Iexpected an introduction to each one or at least a title, but navigating this is impossible.

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  • Walter
  • 05-09-13

I expect more...

I expect some brief introduction on who is going to speak and the historical circunstances of the speech..there is nothing but the speeches.. very frustrating..

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  • Jayne
  • 03-13-15

Could have been so much better

I'm not sure how the author can put his name to it! It's just. Collection of original recording speeches, mostly American. There was no introduction to any speeches, they just rolled from one into another. If there had a brief introduction with some background and context it would have made a lot more sense. Only one Churchill speech, and it wasn't the fight them on the beaches! There must be better speeches books out there, don't bother with this one.

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  • Jad Letcher
  • 07-03-16

Snap-shot of pivotal historical moments.

Awesome audio recordings of famous and infamous speeches. Some of the men and women need no introduction, however many of those who are NOT history 'buffs' will not be benefited by the lack-luster composition.

A pretty straight forward piece of work that, unfortunately , really suffers from lack of context. I.e: who is speaking, date of the speech and the context of the current political and social situation.

Still, it is worthy of your purchase. But, let it be the beginning of your attempt in understanding recent historical events and not the end of it.