This collection gathers 93 letters and speeches spanning the life of the president who led the nation through the Civil War. Some letters are routine, but others offer a glimpse of President Lincoln's personality and character, especially the letters from the Civil War period, which deal with slavery and issues of equality. The Lincoln we see is melancholy and pessimistic but firm in his principles. One letter, in which Lincoln says he'd rather be assassinated than give up his ideals, eerily foreshadows his death at Ford's Theater. George Vafiadis brings an appropriately presidential voice to Lincoln's words.
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George Vafiadis spent over a year narrating the Bible. He would usually get up at three in the morning, check pronunciations and score the text for inflection, then spend three or four hours in the studio. This effort has made the Golden Words Bible one of the best ever. His career as an actor and director of Shakespeare and Greek Classics spans over three decades.
"The actor's Shakespeare technique ideally lends itself to the splendid cadences of the King James text. He has full command of every line, matchless vocal variety and the energy behind the words to give them grace and shape as an audio performance rather than a simple reading." Moira Shepard
"…[W]ell orated by reader George Vafiadis. …[I]t definitely feels patriotic to hear again the fundamentals of America's beginnings." —Kliatt Magazine
First published in January of 1776, "Common Sense" fanned the flames of independence already sparking among the thirteen colonies. George Washington found the pamphlet so important that he had it read aloud to his troops. He later commented, "I find that 'Common Sense' is working a powerful change…in the minds of many men." Highly influential, this landmark persuasive document which Paine wrote to incite the colonists to action is as relevant today as when it was first printed.