• The Duel: A Captivating Guide to the Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr

  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Duke Holm
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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The Duel: A Captivating Guide to the Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr

By: Captivating History
Narrated by: Duke Holm
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Publisher's Summary

Explore the individual lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr and their duel 

Two captivating titles in one audiobook:  

  • Alexander Hamilton: A Captivating Guide to One of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America
  • Aaron Burr: A Captivating Guide to the Life of Aaron Burr and the Most Famous Duel in American History

Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr lived very similar lives. They were both orphaned at an early age. Both were excellent students who attended college and studied law. Both were young staff officers under General George Washington, and both became war heroes. They were both drawn to politics, and each served in the newly formed government of the United States. How was it then that these two men ended up in the most famous duel in American history?

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Franken-book, but ok...

Rather than an actual deeper look at the 1804 duel itself, it is simply the Hamilton and Burr bio books (that can be bought separately), smooshed together. Still, good overall content with only a minor piece on the duel itself that was overlapped. The Audible performance was uncharacteristically poor. Many, many mis-pronunciations of words where the reader should have known better: “rhetoric”, the island of “St. Croix”, the name “Eliza”, and “Paramus” (NJ) among them. Not a huge blot but noticeable, even at rapid speed.

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Poor Pronunciation & Bias

First, while I found Holm's voice pleasant, his pronunciation of many common words are incorrect for a standard, educated American accent. As this is in the vein of a scholarly work, this is not a good example to have out there in the world. He should have done his homework beforehand about how to pronounce some words, such as "promontory" and "rhetoric," if he found them difficult. This was off-putting. Also, while most of the facts are sound on the topics of Hamilton and Burr's lives, it relies on out-dated interpretations of facts, blatantly castigating Burr as a womanizer when the truth was that he was a feminist, which was extremely unusual for his day and so his behavior towards women has been sorely misinterpreted. There are many "judgey" statements about Burr that are not made about Hamilton in this book, which leads to a lack of objectivity overall.

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held my attention

The book was concise and did not get lost in detail. I recommend it to beginners of the subject.

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Informative but repetitive

The book overall was very informative about the lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. The book first talked about Hamilton from birth until death and then discussed Burr the same way. The only complaint that I have is when the book discussed the dual process. This area was talked about in the Hamilton portion and then regurgitated verbatim in the Burr portion. At first I thought I had accidentally "rewound" the audio book. This is my only complaint. Otherwise, I learned a lot about both men.

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Recommend this book

I found this a great history book for children. It talks about the parallel lives and why what happened, happened.

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Easy to understand

How much do you know about our founding fathers? The was a very interesting listening! The two men, their lives touched by similar events.

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  • Lewis Bob
  • 07-20-18

Good For The Students

This book would make a great book report for high school or college level U.S. history. The early days of our country's story are described so that the reader can feel himself or herself living in those days.

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  • Daisy Luke
  • 07-20-18

Great Job

The author does a great job of fleshing out the personal, professional, and political enmity these two men held for each other, while also making it clear that it was none of those in and of themselves that resulted in the duel directly. It is as much a biography of the two men as it is an analysis of the social requirements of the time, defending one's honor being foremost among them.

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  • Ava Zara
  • 07-20-18

I Appreciate

This brings history to life in a very entertaining way. It serves as biographies of both Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. For me, there were several surprises. One was the revelation that Aaron Burr was, on his mother's side, the grandson of evangelist Jonathan Edwards.

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  • Choljen
  • 07-20-18

Good Book

The author's colorfully unflattering descriptions of contemporary figures and the depiction of early American politics as a bare knuckled blood sport are particularly relevant to our own tumultuous election season. Minuet paced, minutely detailed and lugging a heavy load of primary sources, this relatively short book still manages to cover a huge amount of historical real estate. A good overview for beginners and lots of good trivia for Revolutionary War buffs and students of the early Republic.

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  • Theodore
  • 07-20-18

Duel Biography

This dual biography is extremely well-written, capturing the similarities and differences between the two men in a lively and readable way. The author does not support one man over the other, providing instead a sympathetic view of each as a complicated, intelligent and interesting individual.