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Hamilton

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: April 2016

Duration: 6 hours 3 minutes

Summary:

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 our country's origins for a diverse new generation.

HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION gives listeners an unprecedented insight into 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 perfor¬mance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Emmy and Gold Globe winning actor Mariska Hargitay lends her voice to the audiobook and Miranda reads more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is included on the PDF with this audiobook.

The audiobook does more than tell the surprising story of how a Broadway musical became a national 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 shot.

"Mariska, in addition to being the #1 fan of the show, represents, to me, much of Hamilton is about--tough, smart, and New York. She's an essential part of this city; it feels only right for her to narrate the story." --Lin-Manuel Miranda

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  • Allison Ondovcik

    This is a wonderful account of the creative process involved in the making of Hamilton (the musical). Some people seem to have gotten this book mixed up with the book the musical was inspired by.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Kathryn Hack

    If you are a fan of Hamilton, and want to know all the work and collaboration that went into making this the phenomenon it is, you will love this. For me the best part was the end when Lin Manuel Miranda read his annotations. It's like a verbal behind the scenes, you get to be in All the rooms where it happens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Paul Walter

    I want to listen to the book. Not a monument to how wonderful the creators of the play are

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Donnajill G

    Listening was like revisiting the musical.

  • Barbara Brigham

    Great book.

  • Joan Morabito

    Excellent book as I come from a family of big Hamilton fans! Loved the background story of how it all came together. Best part was when Miranda read his notes at the end.

  • Gonzalo Marcillo

    Total waste of time. I should have listen to that other guy who give them a one star rate.