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This isn't a bad examination of the songs in Hamilton and there are lots of interesting insights. In particular, as someone who doesn't know much about hip hop, I was interested to learn about all the call outs and references to hip styles and artists that appear throughout the show.
The audiobook is accompanied by a PDF annotated Hamilton script, featuring all the songs and Lin Manuel Miranda's footnotes about them. In the second part of the audiobook, Lin narrates these footnotes, though I think most people would need to have the PDF open in front of them to see what he is talking about in each footnote, as no context is given. The PDF looks nice and features photographs of the show in performance.
I definitely don't regret buying it and would recommend it to other Hamilton fans. Unfortunately these types of books can sometimes become a bit fawning (Look what Lin did there, isn't he a genius?) which can be a bit irritating after a while (even if you do agree that he is a genius).
Paradoxically, as a Hamilton fan I also wished that the book could have been ten times as long, as I will never be able to get enough of this amazing show! Also, at 6 hours it's maybe a little short to spend an audible credit on, though I wouldn't want to spend £17 on it either.
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Even though I am rather new to audiobooks, I'll have to say that this book is the best so far.
The interesting story of this phenomenal musical is told beautifully by Mariska Hargitay, but I do feel that readers were misled. I was led to believe that Lin would narrate most of the book, but it turned out it's only the notes at the end. While it was still enjoyable, it took away a bit of the performance in my opinion.
In review, I would recommend this book to any fan of the Hamilton musical, or just a history hungry listener that wants to hear how the treasury agent came to the stage several years later.
This is a poorly edited version of a great book. In the print version the story is accompanied chronologically by the lyrics and Miranda's notations. Here it's all split up and no lyrics so the notations make no sense unless you're following along on the book or soundtrack.
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