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Publisher's Summary

From Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist-star Lin-Manuel Miranda comes a backstage pass to his groundbreaking hit musical, Hamilton.
Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical, Hamilton, is as revolutionary as its subject: the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States.
Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap and claims the origins of the United States for a diverse new generation.
Hamilton: The Revolution gives listeners an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages - 'since before this was even a show', according to Miranda - traces its development from an improbable performance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later.
In addition Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, all of which are included here. Their account features exclusive looks into notebooks and emails; interviews with Questlove, Stephen Sondheim, leading political commentators, and more than 50 people involved with the production; and multiple appearances by President Obama himself.
The audiobook does more than tell the surprising story of how a Broadway musical became an international phenomenon: it demonstrates that America has always been renewed by the brash upstarts and brilliant outsiders, the men and women who don't throw away their shots.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2016 Lin-Manuel Miranda (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK
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3 out of 5 stars
By Rosie on 02-01-17

I will never be Satisfied...with this

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Kristoffer on 01-05-18

Dont throw away your shot!...of listening to this

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.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Leith on 02-24-17

Buy the book instead

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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