When They Go Low, We Go High: Speeches that Shape the World—and Why We Need Them Audiobook, by Philip Collins Play Audiobook Sample

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Read By: Philip Collins, Ben Onwukwe, Eric Meyers, Helen Keeley, various narrators Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 11.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 8.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: July 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780062851604

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

20

Longest Chapter Length:

77:21 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

14 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

49:15 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

2

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Publisher Description

When First Lady Michelle Obama approached the podium at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, nobody could have predicted that her rousing and emotional “When they go low, we go high” speech would go on to become the motto for the political left and an anthem for opponents of oppression worldwide. It was a speech with the kind of emotional pull rarely heard these days, joining a long list of addresses that have made history. But what about Obama’s speech made it so great?

When They Go Low, We Go High explores the most notable speeches in history, analyzing the rhetorical tricks to uncover how the right speech at the right time can profoundly shape the world. Traveling across continents and centuries, political speechwriter Philip Collins reveals what Thomas Jefferson owes to Cicero and Pericles, who really gave the Gettysburg Address, and what Elizabeth I shares with Winston Churchill.

In telling the story of great and sometimes infamous speeches—including those from Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, JFK, Martin Luther King, Jr., Disraeli, Hitler, Elie Wiesel, Margaret Thatcher, and Barack and Michelle Obama—Collins breathes new life into words you thought you knew well, telling the story of democracy. Whether it’s the inaugural addresses of presidents or the revolutionary writings of Castro, Pankhurst, and Mandela, Collins illuminates and contextualizes these moments with sensitivity and humor.

When They Go Low, We Go High is a strong defense of the power of public speaking to propagate and protect democracy and an urgent reminder that when great men and women speak to us, their words can change the world.

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About Philip Collins

Philip Collins is a columnist for the Times and an Associate Editor of Prospect magazine. He was Chief Speech Writer to Prime Minister Tony Blair between 2004 and 2007 and has subsequently written keynote speeches for a range of senior politicians, leaders of charities and NGOs, and Chief Executive Officers. The author of The Art of Speeches and Presentations, Collins pioneered the analysis of major speeches in the Times.

About the Narrators

Ben Onwukwe is a British film, radio, television, theater, and voice actor.

Eric Meyers, an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator, is a well-known character actor and voice artist. His film credits include Entrapment, Snatch, and 1408. He has created many voices for animation, including Henry the Lizard on the hit television series Amazing Animals. He is often heard narrating documentary films on the Discovery Channel and National Geographic.

Penny Parkes lives in the Cotswolds. She has appeared at literary festivals around the country and has written for The Telegraph as well as extensively in her local media. She is very active on social media.

Leon Nixon is a professional actor, playwright, and filmmaker. A Los Angeles native, he has performed in short films, web series, and on stage in dramatic and comedic roles. He is also an improviser and part of the group that appears in the Guinness Book of World Records for Longest Continuous Improv Show.