Thomas Jefferson and His Time, Volume 1 : Thomas Jefferson and His Time

  • by Dumas Malone
  • Narrated by Anna Fields
  • Series: Thomas Jefferson and His Time
  • 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the first volume of distinguished historian Dumas Malone's Pulitzer Prize-winning six-volume work on the life and times of Thomas Jefferson. Based on a myriad of sources, it covers Jefferson's ancestry, youth, education, and legal career; his marriage and the building of Monticello; the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and the Notes on Virginia; his rich, fruitful legislative career; his highly controversial governorship; and his early services to the development of the West.

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What the Critics Say

"This is going to be the Jefferson...it will endure as one of the imperishable monuments of biography - and take note that I don't say 'American biography', I say biography period." (Gerald W. Johnson)

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thoroughly satisfying

I downloaded this volume not with little trepidation having read the negative reviews. THANK YOU to the one reviewer who gave it five stars encouraging me to make the purchase. This work is a masterpiece. Of course it contains mountains of information which to some listeners may seem a little dry,at times but this is a six volume project afterall. I found all the information pertinent to the story of who this man was. I never knew he had a quite compassisonate view regarding the crime of beastiality. (I never knew he even had a view regarding that) but it comes out in the review of his legislative work for Virginia. And the description of the special status and treatment of several captured war enemies ties in with the present situation of special status criminal in our present war.
The narrator is excellent! It's true that she tends to swallow the end of some of her sentences, but never to the degree that I couldn't undertstand the words. Her cadence, intonation and pronunciation I found to be right on target.
This is a very thorough biography which I found thoroughly enjoyable. I'm tempted to not wait until my next monthly credit and go ahead and purchase the next volume now.
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- Robert

A good listen - Narrator and story fine for most

I like others almost did not purchase this book due to comments about the narrator and storyline. A good lesson not to listen to others. Having consumed around 40 historical audiobooks this year alone, I found the narrator very able and in about the top 1/3 of the narrators to whom I have listened. I don't know how others perceive the comments left here but the argument appears to stem from scholarly disagreement. I learned long ago not to embroil myself with the pedantic battles of academia. The information is detailed but in no way boring if you are a fan of history. Highly recommended.
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- Mark

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-09-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.