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Great Speeches in History (Classic non-fiction) Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Jun 1996

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks; Unabridged edition (30 Jun. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9626340835
  • ISBN-13: 978-9626340837
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 11.4 x 13.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,016,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Read with exceptional clarity by a number of easy-on-the-ear voices, and accompanied by powerful classical music pieces, this two-cassette audio book brings to life the inspirational messages, and sometimes self-damning convictions, of some of the most well known characters from the history books.
This is not a book for the casual listener. It requires a certain amount of concentration and thought, and, for that reason, the short introduction to each new speech proved invaluable for me. Without a little background information, I feel I would have been left adrift on a sea of ye olde language and intellectualism, wondering what on earth the speakers said that merited all the fuss.
However, a brief knowledge of the times and particulary the belief-systems these famous people had to endure, made me realise just what risks Emmeline Pankhurst, Socrates, etc. took in making their views on passionate subjects public.
I got the book hoping to gain a better understanding of the intense emotions that must have driven these celebrated figures to stand against their cultures and religions, even to the point of death in some cases. What gave Martin Luther the strength to say, 'Here I stand; I can do no other'? I'm not sure I found the answer, or that it was a realistic expectation to think I could from one speech, but I did come away with a renewed awareness of the courage they all undoubtedly had.
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great readings, great packet by Naxos, as always...but to call this "Great speeches in History" as if this should amount to a sampler of speeches worldwide through history is quite frankly a farce...80 % of the speeches presented here are by english historical figures, some only relevant to english history...(or british if you prefer), a few greeks and the odd frenchman are trown in for good measure but overall the bias is I know that for the english there is little else that matters in world history besides the navel staring at their own glorious past, either at home or in those funny foreign domains they conquered, but next time leave the world alone and just call it "Great British speeches in History", ok ?
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HASH(0x91a50408) out of 5 stars Good quality performances with one caveat 18 Mar. 2014
By Howard O. Pugh - Published on
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I ordered this CD hoping to satisfy my thirst for great rhetoric and lofty ideals contained in the great speeches of history. But be aware that unless you are an Anglophile, this may seem a bit England-obsessed. Well more than half of the speeches are out of English history, and many of these seem to be about somewhat obscure events.

I realize that just being an American doesn't entitle me to some kind of monopoly on great speeches from my compatriots, I would be the first to admit that England has a long and storied tradition of fine and noble oratory. But it seems like the producers of this CD spent a great deal of time representing people and periods of English history that one might be hard pressed to find analogous to anything contemporary, or discover "universal" themes recognizable to us in the rest of the world. In the 1700's and 1800's for example, there are 15 minutes devoted to three American speakers and 55 minutes to many, many speakers from the British Isles (and only 8 minutes for everywhere else). Oddly, there are no speeches by the likes of Churchill, Disraeli, or Gandhi (or even Wilberforce).

If you're American and looking for the likes of Washington, Frederick Douglas, JFK, TR, FDR, Lou Gehrig, MacArthur, Martin Luther King Jr., (even Lincoln gets only 2 minutes for the Gettysburg address), I suggest you look for another label.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91a3f300) out of 5 stars Great Speeches in History 10 Dec. 2012
By Cheryl L. Guerbaoui - Published on
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Excellent, interesting speeches that I have listened to over and over already. These are classic speeches by Socrates, etc.
Some lovely speeches by people I did not know about who were also given death sentences.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91a414f8) out of 5 stars Provides and adequate commuting distraction. 14 July 2015
By Krusty - Published on
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Product in good shape and in correct packaging. Orators are speak with British accents so be prepared for that. Use it during 2 + hour commute on the way to work. One of those things I will need to listen to a dozen times or more to fully appreciate.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91a4142c) out of 5 stars Love Audio Book CD's....not this one 13 Jun. 2015
By JacksonsPapi2010 - Published on
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I am an collector and avid fan of Audio CD's. I do quite a bit of reading reviews (such as this one) and observing ratings into all items before "click to buy". Sometimes, regardless of the perfect condition of the item, the fact I love history and this is "Great Speeches in History", I will buy a dud. I would assume that speeches from this generation of various media would provide the actual speaker giving their credited "Great Speech in History" not some C-list voice that you recognize but who cares, you bought it for the speech, the content in the speech, and the delivery. To me for instance, what makes Dr ML King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech SO AMAZING was his heartfelt delivery. (By the way, that particular speech was NOT included nor was it supposed to be - I thought it best to use for my example) .
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91a43ccc) out of 5 stars From Socrates To Martin Luther King......... 19 Nov. 2013
By D. J. Morrison - Published on
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If you want to relive the great speeches from History, then you need to add this title to your collection.
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