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Author: William J. Bennett Narrator: William J. Bennett, Faith Prince, Tom Selleck, Michael York, Fritz Weaver, Harriet Walter, Tonya Pinkins, Joe Morton, Charlton Heston, Elayne Bennett, Kate Nelligan, Dana Ivey, Barbara Bush, various narrators Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Book of Virtues Series Release Date: May 1994 ISBN: 9780743542142
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A special audio presentation of the magnificent #1 New York Times bestseller


Featuring William J. Bennett, Elayne Bennett, Charlton Heston, Dana Ivey, Joe Morton, Tonya Pinkins, Faith Prince, Tom Selleck, Harriet Walter, Fritz Weaver, and Michael York

An audio program for the whole family

Responsibility. Courage. Compassion. Loyalty. Honesty. Friendship. Persistence. Hard Work. Self-Discipline. Faith. Everyone recognizes these traits as essentials of good character. In order for our children to develop such traits, we have to offer them examples of good and bad, right and wrong. And the best place to find them is in great works of literature and in exemplary stories from history.

In this special audio presentation of The Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett presents a selection from his bestselling anthology of stories that has inspired and instructed readers of all ages from coast to coast. From the Bible to fables to Greek myths, from ancient philosophy to American history to unforgettable words of our nation's leaders, here are the timeless works that will help children understand and develop character -- and help adults teach them.

A rich mine of moral literacy and a reliable moral reference point, these stories will help anchor our children and ourselves in our culture, our history and our traditions -- presented in a unique audio program that the whole family can enjoy, and learn from, together.

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Quotes & Awards

  • [The Book of Virtues] ought to be distributed, like an owner’s manual, to new parents leaving the hospital.”

    Time

  • “Maybe it’s just what the country needs.”

    Newsweek

  • “This anthology will prove popular with some readers.” 

    Library Journal

  • “[The Book of Virtues] truly is a treasury, with some tales so brief they can be read at the dinner table. Perfect bedtime, anytime family reading.” 

    Booklist 

  • New York Times bestseller

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About the Author

Author William J. Bennett

William J. Bennett, bestselling author, educator, and speaker, is a conservative pundit, politician, and political theorist. He served as Secretary of Education from 1985 to 1988 under President Ronald Reagan. A former senior editor of the National Review, he writes for the National Review Online, National Review, and Commentary.

About the Narrators

Michael York is a successful screen and stage actor. Among his screen credits are Romeo and Juliet, Cabaret, The Three Musketeers, Logan’s Run, and Austin Powers. Stage appearances include Britain’s National Theatre and Broadway. His television work has garnered Emmy nominations and his audio recordings Grammy nominations, as well as five AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has been awarded Britain’s OBE, France’s Arts et Lettres, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Harriet Walter was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1989 for Best Actress in a Revival for her performances in Twelfth Night, A Question Of, and Three Sisters. In 1999 she was named a Commander of the Order of British Empire by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.

Joe Morton is a winner of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards for audiobook narration. A graduate of Hofstra University’s drama program, he has an extensive list of film and television credits, including Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Speed, Smallville, and Eureka. He made his Broadway debut in Hair and was nominated for a Tony Award for the musical Raisin. In 2014 he received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his work on Scandal.

Charlton Heston (1923–2008) was among America’s most respected actors. Best known for his roles in historical films, Mr. Heston sensitively and clearly explains history’s greatest philosophical insights.

Kate Nelligan has had a successful acting career in her native Canada, in Britain and in the United States. Nelligan studied at Toronto’s Glendon College, but left to attend the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She quickly established herself in the UK on stage and on television. As a member of the National Theatre, she gave a much lauded performance in Tales from the Vienna Woods and was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for David Hare’s Plenty. She moved to Manhattan in the early ‘80s, dropped the English accent, and won stardom on the Broadway boards, racking up four Tony Award nominations for best actress. On the screen, both big and small, she established herself as a top-notch and in-demand supporting player and character actress. Nelligan was Oscar-nominated as Best Supporting Actress for The Prince of Tides, and her performances in movies and television in her native Canada have brought her five Gemini Award nominations.

Dana Ivey was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her undergraduate degree at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and then received a Fulbright grant to study drama at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She was a member of the Phi Mu sorority at Rollins College. She received an Honorary Doctorate (Humane Letters) from Rollins College in February 2008. She made her Broadway debut playing two small roles in a 1981 production of Macbeth. She has appeared in many film and television roles. Recently Ivey was in the Broadway production of The Importance of Being Earnest as Lady Bracknell.

Barbara Bush (1925–2018), born Barbara Pierce, was born in Rye, New York, and married George H. W. Bush in 1945. She was First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993. She had five children, including President George W. Bush and Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and was the founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

Dan Woren is an American voice actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has worked extensively in animation, video games, and feature films. He is best known for his many roles in anime productions such as Bleach and as the voice of Sub-Zero in the video game Mortal Kombat.