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Great Speeches in History


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Great Speeches in History is a podcast devoted to the great thinkers, statesman and other public orators that have graced us throughout history with their words. Each week will offer up a new speech in audio format. Please visit for more educational audio and video.

Customer Reviews


Listening to MLK share his dream was moving beyond belief and yet in stark contrast the narrator for the other speeches is not the right person for the job. The complete lack of emotion and pacing left these speeches dry and uninspiring. I'd bet you could get some "A" level actors to do these readings and hit a home run with it.

Excellent idea, adequate delivery

Although these speeches are delivered in clear, rich voices, they often sound a bit recited -- lacking the natural feeling or passion that must have ignited the originals. Also, the translation of Catiline ‘s address seems too formal for the occasion. Was he trying to rouse a mob of English professors? The rest of us, then or now, would be too busy looking up words to know when to cheer. Contrast this with the style of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered by King himelf, possibly one of the most gifted political orators since Lincoln.

Some are definitely better than others

The original recording of "I have a Dream" has to be one of the most powerful speeches ever given. I was very moved by it.