The Federalist Papers

Selected Essays
Narrated by: Jim Killavey
Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: History, Americas
4 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Federalist Papers are a series of 85 articles, written between 1897 and 1888, advocating for the ratification of the United States Constitution. They serve as a primary source for interpretation of the Constitution, as they outline the philosophy and motivation of the proposed system of government.  

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.

Public Domain (P)1988 Jimcin Recordings

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Classics must be rated

A timeless classic that simply needs to be read to understand the mindset of our fathers.

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Wooden Reader

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.

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did audible review this thing?

the narrator was absolutely comatose unbelievably inept. it's almost subversive to inflict this sophomore presentation of such an important collection

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Abridged!!! Massively Misrepresented!!!

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?

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Very poorly read.

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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