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This collection focuses on the lives of eight familiar figures: Davy Crockett, Clara Barton, Sitting Bull, Theodore Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Henry Ford, George Gershwin, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Narrators Lorelei King and Kerry Shale make an interesting group of people even more so with their enthusiastic narrations. Shale goes the extra mile by mimicking voices when narrating quotes, and his performances of the essays about Davy Crockett and Henry Ford are standouts. Music is used, with mixed results, at the beginning and end of each essay. While music adds to a sense of time and place for figures like Henry Ford and George Gershwin, it doesn't work as well for some of the others. Still, this is a lively and interesting production.
Here are the life stories of eight remarkable people who were born and grew up in America and who made their mark upon American history. They represent the remarkable individuality and sense of enterprise and courage that has marked the American hero. Their personalities were very different, from the frontier spirit of Davy Crockett and inventive, entrepreneurial qualities of Henry Ford, to the quieter, but no less impressive courage of Clara Barton and Helen Keller. And then there was the unique story of Martin Luther King.
(P)2005 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.; ©2005 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.