James Madison

  • by Lynne Cheney
  • Narrated by Eliza Foss
  • 18 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A major new biography of the fourth president of the United States by New York Times best-selling author Lynne Cheney.
This majestic new biography of James Madison explores the astonishing story of a man of vaunted modesty who audaciously changed the world. Among the Founding Fathers, Madison was a true genius of the early republic.
Outwardly reserved, Madison was the intellectual driving force behind the Constitution and crucial to its ratification. His visionary political philosophy and rationale for the union of states - so eloquently presented in The Federalist papers - helped shape the country Americans live in today.
Along with Thomas Jefferson, Madison would found the first political party in the country’s history - the Democratic Republicans. As Jefferson’s secretary of state, he managed the Louisiana Purchase, doubling the size of the United States. As president, Madison led the country in its first war under the Constitution, the War of 1812. Without precedent to guide him, he would demonstrate that a republic could defend its honor and independence - and remain a republic still.

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Nice history of the early national period

I was expecting something more like Ron Chernow's biographies of Washington and Hamilton. This book seems more like a history of the early national period. Madison was certainly a major part of that period but in this book he just seems like a character in the larger story rather than the center of attention. It's fine, but I wish I had picked one of the older Madison biographies on audible.
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- Teresa

Terrible narrator

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I love biographies of Presidents. This was very uninteresting, felt the author was just reciting Madison's accomplishments. Never got to know him personally, which is what a great biography should do.I don't think this book is a listen, at all!


Has James Madison turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, maybe this author and narrator


How did the narrator detract from the book?

She was terrible. Her narration did not jibe with the story. It's like someone told her to vary her voice which she does, but at completely inappropriate times. Like her voice will go up when it should go down. It made it very boring and irritating to listen to. I actually stopped mid-book which is a pity!


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from James Madison?

Don't know.


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- Julie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-06-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio