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    • Founding Brothers

    • The Revolutionary Generation
    • By: Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated by: Bob Walter
    • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 286
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    An illuminating study of the intertwined lives of the founders of the American republic - John Adams, Aaron Burr, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best Narrative of the Founding Fathers

    • By Derick on 08-23-16

    Regular price: $31.50

    • His Excellency

    • George Washington
    • By: Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
    • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Acclaimed author Joseph J. Ellis penned the National Book Award-winning American Sphinx and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Founding Brothers, a fixture on The New York Times best seller list for an entire year, and one of the most popular history books of all time. Now this master historian turns his attention to the most exalted American hero, Founding Father and first President George Washington.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Distracted By Narrator

    • By Gerard on 01-15-05

    Regular price: $23.95

    • The Quartet

    • Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789
    • By: Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 483
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    From Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian Joseph J. Ellis, the unexpected story of why the 13 colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Wonderful Gem

    • By Mike From Mesa on 10-20-15

    Regular price: $24.50

    • First Family: Abigail & John Adams

    • By: Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
    • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 138
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
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    John and Abigail Adams left an indelible and remarkably preserved portrait of their lives together in their personal correspondence: both Adamses were prolific letter writers (although John conceded that Abigail was clearly the more gifted of the two). Joseph J. Ellis distills this unprecedented and unsurpassed record to give us an account both intimate and panoramic; part biography, part political history, and part love story.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • "Real History"

    • By leslie on 11-15-10

    Regular price: $31.93

    • American Sphinx

    • The Character of Thomas Jefferson
    • By: Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated by: Susan O’Malley
    • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 279
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      4 out of 5 stars 196
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      4 out of 5 stars 195

    For a man who insisted that life on the public stage was not what he had in mind, Thomas Jefferson certainly spent a great deal of time in the spotlight, even in his retirement. In American Sphinx, Ellis sifts the facts from the legend to find the heart of the man who, at the grass roots, is no longer liberal or conservative, agrarian or industrialist, pro- or anti-slavery, privileged or populist.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • New Download - Audio is GREAT!

    • By BP on 01-19-13

    Regular price: $21.68

    • American Creation

    • By: Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 197
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
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    From the first shots fired at Lexington to the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the negotiations for the Louisiana Purchase, Joseph J. Ellis guides us through the decisive issues of the nation's founding, and illuminates the emerging philosophies, shifting alliances, and personal and political foibles of our now iconic leaders: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, and Adams.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good But Not Quite There

    • By Slide01 on 06-02-13

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Revolutionary Summer

    • The Birth of American Independence
    • By: Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
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    The summer months of 1776 witnessed the most consequential events in the story of our country’s founding. While the thirteen colonies came together and agreed to secede from the British Empire, the British were dispatching the largest armada ever to cross the Atlantic to crush the rebellion in the cradle. The Continental Congress and the Continental Army were forced to make decisions on the run, improvising as history congealed around them. In a brilliant and seamless narrative, Ellis meticulously examines the most influential figures in this propitious moment, including George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Britain’s Admiral Lord Richard and General William Howe. He weaves together the political and military experiences as two sides of a single story, and shows how events on one front influenced outcomes on the other.

    Revolutionary Summer tells an old story in a new way, with a freshness at once colorful and compelling.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Informative Overivew of the Early Years

    • By Jeffrey Zimmer on 04-13-18

    Regular price: $24.50

    • American Dialogue

    • The Founding Fathers and Us
    • By: Joseph J. Ellis
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    The story of history is a ceaseless conversation between past and present, and in American Dialogue Joseph J. Ellis focuses the conversation on the often-asked question "What would the Founding Fathers think?" He examines four of our most seminal historical figures through the prism of particular topics, using the perspective of the present to shed light on their views and, in turn, to make clear how their now centuries-old ideas illuminate the disturbing impasse of today's political conflicts. 

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Passionate Sage

    • The Character and Legacy of John Adams
    • By: Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated by: Tom Parker
    • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
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    John Adams, one of the Founding Fathers of our nation and its second president, spent nearly the last third of his life in retirement, grappling with contradictory views of his place in history and fearing his reputation would not fare well in the generations after his death. And indeed, future generations did slight him, elevating Jefferson and Madison to lofty heights while Adams remained way back in the second tier.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Stays true to Audible's description

    • By Neil on 10-24-09

    Regular price: $18.16