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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (140 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Labunski Narrator: Richard Poe Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2006 ISBN: 9781449813826
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The battle surrounding the ratification of the Constitution was filled with acrimony, ambition, and uncertainty. As the central figure in its passing, James Madison promised to add a bill of rights <#150> a promise that made him friends as well as enemie Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A virtue of Labunski’s account is the generous attention he gives to Anti-Federalist luminaries like Patrick Henry, George Mason, and Richard Henry Lee—figures too often overlooked in our reverential regard for the founding. For those used to thinking of the Bill of Rights as carved in stone, it is also instructive to see just how large a role accident played in its creation.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Watch the wig powder fly as James Madison and Patrick Henry slug it out over the constitutional freedoms we take for granted today.” 

    Atlantic Monthly

  • “[Richard] Poe colors Labunski’s tale with an appropriate array of significant pauses, emphases and hushed mock-whispers, bringing his book to life without resorting to overworked theatrical tricks. He may be a stage veteran, but Poe’s reading is anything but stagy.”  

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A work interesting within its ambit, and capably carried off by Labunski.” 

    Booklist

  • “[Richard Poe’s] excellent phrasing provides additional clarity to an already-accessible text.” 

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrea | 2/16/2014

    " Based on the Audio book version: the topic is interesting, but the book rambles and was just plain difficult to keep one engaged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Murray | 2/6/2014

    " Very informative and very well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 1/3/2014

    " Another history topic rarely touched on in school history classes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S | 12/30/2013

    " Not for the faint of heart: this is a day by day, blow by blow account of the wrangling that occurred prior to, and during, the process of the ratification of the US Constitution. Very thoroughly researched "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 12/22/2013

    " Well researched, but the voluminous detail does not make for a compelling read-- I truncated my reading of the book and skipped to the final chapters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loren | 11/30/2013

    " Good research, wasn't written in a way to really get you interested in it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 11/24/2013

    " Interesting insight into the creation of the Bill of Rights. We take this for granted today and assumed that is was passed with little effort. Recommended for anyone interested in the history of the US. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 2/21/2013

    " Wasn't what I was looking for. I wanted to find out more about the man and his accomplishments. This focuses too much detail on the documents he influenced. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brittany | 1/11/2013

    " While informative, I'm afraid reading all about James Madison's diarrhea issues is not my idea of enlightening political information. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 12/28/2012

    " What a disappointment! After Chernow's Hamilton book, I thought reading about his contemporary would be interesting. I think it would have been if Chernow wrote it. Unfortunately, Labunski isn't as good a writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carl | 6/6/2012

    " Learned alot from the book but felt like reading a history textbook. Very dry in parts and a lot of repeating of facts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Wagner | 1/1/2012

    " A little dry, but a good slice of early U.S. history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany | 11/11/2011

    " This is a great book about the fight to get the Constitution ratified and the Bill of Rights adopted... It is VERY detailed. So you have to be REALLY into it. But if so, it's fantastic! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Taylor | 7/4/2011

    " An adequate retelling of the story of James Madison moving a reluctant Congress to adopt a Bill of Rights to the Constitution. There isn't much new in here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Del Simmons | 6/14/2011

    " A fascinating look at the history of the first 10 Amendments and how James Madison was instrumental in bring them into existence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 5/20/2011

    " Interesting insight into the creation of the Bill of Rights. We take this for granted today and assumed that is was passed with little effort. Recommended for anyone interested in the history of the US. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S | 4/17/2011

    " Not for the faint of heart: this is a day by day, blow by blow account of the wrangling that occurred prior to, and during, the process of the ratification of the US Constitution. Very thoroughly researched "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 10/21/2010

    " Very interesting and well documented book. Goes through the known details about the work and years put in to get the bill of rights passed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brittany | 4/12/2010

    " While informative, I'm afraid reading all about James Madison's diarrhea issues is not my idea of enlightening political information. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 12/26/2009

    " Audio Book. Not a ?page turner? but very informative about a crucial event in American history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 12/2/2009

    " Too much repetition. I think that Madison was one of the greatest men this country has ever seen, but this book did not do him justice. Currently looking for a better one to read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany | 9/24/2009

    " This is a great book about the fight to get the Constitution ratified and the Bill of Rights adopted... It is VERY detailed. So you have to be REALLY into it. But if so, it's fantastic! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 11/28/2008

    " This is about the drafting of the Constitution, getting it ratified among the States, heading off a new Constitutional Convention to draft Amendments to the Constitution, and the ultimate drafting and acceptance of the Bill of Rights as we know them. The book is a little long and repetitive. "

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About the Narrator

Richard Poe has worked extensively in movies, television, and on Broadway. He is best known for his portrayal of Gul Evek in three different Star Trek series: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager. He is a well-known and prolific audiobook narration who has won twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards.