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The Rivalry

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Released in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birthday, The Rivalry recreates the fiery face-off between the rising Illinois legislator Abraham Lincoln and incumbent Senator Stephen A. Douglas. The play features Academy Awards nominees Paul Giamatti in the role of Stephen A. Douglas and David Straithairn as Abraham Lincoln. Two Presidential candidates - o...more
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Published February 1st 2009 by LA Theatre Works (first published January 15th 2009)
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May 29, 2010 Jake rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: drama
As I prepped for my Memorial Day-weekend road trip, I felt the familiar urge to pick out an audio book for the drive. The Rivalry sat waiting for me on a display shelf at the public library. And facing a 5-hour drive, this 2-hour/2 disc presentation was a perfect choice.

The Rivalry is a staged play, with the actual stage actors lending their talent to this audio recording. Yet, for all the trappings of a live audience and intermission, this is more of a history lesson than a play. There isn't mu...more
Good acting. Though some of the speeches had me nodding. But considering it is drawn on the actual debates, that isn't really surprising.

Wonderful timing between the cast.
It's been awhile since I've read a book on the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. This audio presentation of the play "The Rivalry," which only takes about 1Hr and 40 mins of your time, brings the protagonists to life and, although there are many things in their political arena that will remind us of our own era, particularly the negative ones, where today they have increase 0ne Hundred fold, there are some that make us wish that some of those old fashioned values had continued on until today. Particularl...more
Karla (Mossy Love Grotto)
A great dramatization of the famous debates. The one weak point was Lily Rabe as Douglas' wife. I didn't much care for how she read her lines.

Hearing this vintage political discourse only highlights how scripted and faux "civilized" political campaigns have become. There are still monumental issues at stake today, yet they're hidden under a veneer of everyone being in on the scamming of the public. With Lincoln-Douglas, there seemed to be a sharper divide and sense of urgency - along with a ton...more

“That argument’s as thin as a soup made from boiling the shadow of a starving pigeon.” –Abe Lincoln

L. A. Theatre Works absolutely rocks. Paul Giamatti, as Stephen A. Douglas and David Strathain, as Abraham Lincoln, are captivating in this audio production of Norman Corwin’s stage play, ‘The Rivalry.’ I’ve listened to this audiobook twice—in the less than one day since I downloaded it—and i'm looking forward to hearing it through again, at least once more, before returning it...more
D Carr
Having read only the first 400 pages of "A Team of Rivals" (a start which resulted in me actually purchasing my own copy and committing to start from the beginning) I thought this a good supplement. Still, I was surprised by the effect of this enactment upon me.

Although reluctant initially, I found the performances to be wonderfully moving - easily evoking a relationship between two competitors who (in the end) held some respect for one another.

This is a performance worthy of thoughtful listen...more
Brian Eshleman
Pound for pound, or rather, page for page, this is really high quality stuff. It is a short little play, and yet by its faithfulness to the words of Lincoln and Douglas, the reader or audience will learn much about them and their times. Fans of The West Wing will appreciate that the dynamics of political power and the insecurity of people who seek it has not changed that much since the 1850s.

I think it was particularly effective to have Stephen Douglas's wife play such a prominent role. By narra...more
Don Weidinger
books-aesop fables, MacBeth, robinson crusoe, pilgrims progress, lessons in education, from Carwardine book. Jefferson and Lincoln no slavery in new territory, leave slavery to extinction vs agitation, a man keeps his own bread, demeaning mexico by douglas, imperialist views of mexico and cuba, enslave people to govt is equally demeaning as done today, douglas against dissolution yet agitation of issue accelerated dissolution via southern democrats, Douglas helped keep IL in union and against so...more
Andy Klein
Spectacular. This is not to be missed by any lover of history or Lincoln.
Keith Bell
I don't give too many reviews 5 stars but this dramatization of the Lincoln-Douglas debates is stellar. Well written and portrayed. Regardless of the topics of debate (Slavery, the constitution and the concern of secession)the use of logic is richly portrayed. Brilliant communicators with quick minds. Will gladly listen to this one again.
Synopsis: Lincoln takes Douglass apart in the debates. Honestly, I'm not sure how any reasonable person could have voted for Douglass. This was good for a theatre production, but not terribly interesting.

This was my first audio book after The Help. Unsatisfactory, but almost any book would be.
Mar 13, 2013 Keith added it
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Lincoln is very funny.
Douglas is hard to sympathize with... by design.
I think he would not have been elected if he were this much of a cad.
Adele Douglas is interesting.

Need an intro to the Douglas-Lincoln debates? this is fun.
Need history? not so sure yet.
Basically, I've had this on repeat in my car for a week. So well done.
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“The playwright's rendition of Abraham Lincoln remembers a pitiful little paddlewheel he saw that he could only generate steam to EITHER blow the ship's whistle OR move the wheel. Just as the little ship could not do both, Lincoln fears that very few can actually think and speak at the same time.” 1 likes
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