Gore Vidal – Burr


For listeners who cant get enough of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, Gore Vidals stunning novel about Aaron Burr, the man who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel – and who served as a successful, if often feared, statesman of our fledgling nation.

Here is an extraordinary portrait of one of the most complicated – and misunderstood – figures among the Founding Fathers. In 1804, while serving as vice president, Aaron Burr fought a duel with his political nemesis, Alexander Hamilton, and killed him. In 1807, he was arrested, tried, and acquitted of treason. In 1833, Burr is newly married, an aging statesman considered a monster by many. But he is determined to tell his own story, and he chooses to confide in a young New York City journalist named Charles Schermerhorn Schuyler. Together, they explore both Burr’s past – and the continuing civic drama of their young nation.

Burr is the first novel in Gore Vidal’s Narratives of Empire series, which spans the history of the United States from the Revolution to post-World War II. With their broad canvas and sprawling cast of fictional and historical characters, these novels present a panorama of American politics and imperialism, as interpreted by one of our most incisive and ironic observers.

Author: Gore Vidal
Narrator: Grover Gardner
Duration: 21 hours 20 minutes
Released: 19 Nov 2006
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Language: English

User Review:

might methodical

It was very difficult to listen to this reader. He had a very unpleasant voice and should find a different career.

The basic story is, of course, great. The question is whether historical fiction is a viable concept. My conclusion is that it is not not. While it has some entertainment value, it doesnt contribute to ones understanding of the issues