Don’t Know Much About the American Presidents

Kenneth C. Davis, read by the author, Arthur Morey, Kirby Heyborne, and Mark Bramhall. Random House Audio, unabridged, 19 CDs, 24 hrs., $50 ISBN 978-0-30-787728-4
Davis’s latest historical reference explores the presidency as an institution and the individual lives of the men who have served as America’s commander in chief. The book’s shifts between narrative and encyclopedic elements would likely have presented a solo reader with a serious challenge in maintaining fluid narration. Luckily, the collaboration between Arthur Morey, Kirby Heyborne, and Mark Bramhall does just that. In performing the book’s main narrative, Morey adopts the tone of a kindly professor, balancing the seriousness of the subject with the need to engage with his audience. When pronouncing the historical judgments of Davis, Morey lets his voice rise and fall to convey the heights of successes and the depths of failures. Heyborne and Bramhall also turn in solid performances—among the highlights are the “Fast Facts” and “Presidential Voices” segments. A Hyperion hardcover. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 11/26/2012
Release date: 09/01/2012
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