Collection Development, Video The Book that Inspired the Hottest Ticket in Town: HAMILTON Celebrates the Power of Hearing History

“The whole thing started cuz I picked up a book and fell in love…so I’m just going to read you the first five paragraphs of this book.” On opening night of Hamilton on Broadway, the show’s composer, author, and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, read aloud from the book that sparked an idea, that is now a bona fide Broadway sensation. The book? ALEXANDER HAMILTON by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow, who was also a historical consultant for Hamilton the show. And while most of us were not there to hear Miranda read aloud outside of the Richard Rodgers theatre (although you can check out a fan’s video below), it goes to show that even without music and costumes; even without an orchestra pit and lighting; the power of simply hearing a story—a good story—can prevail. It can make us stop and listen. And it should.

Fans who have listened to the soundtrack on repeat hundreds of times can add a new Hamilton-related listen to their mix. We are re-releasing the unabridged audiobook on CD on March 22nd.

Read by Scott Brick

“Scott Brick delivers a highly professional, straightforward narration…His voice and evident interest are fresh throughout.”—AudioFile

“Brick is an ideal reader: he is sufficiently dramatic and engages listeners when speaking of historical events…Brick projects a deep sympathy with Chernow’s impassioned, partisan, and admiring prose. For both high-school students and history buffs.”—Booklist

Another fun treat for Hamilton on Broadway fans—

Leslie Odom Jr. (who plays Aaron Burr on Broadway in Hamilton) stepped into the audiobook studio last year to record Like No Other by Una LaMarche, a book that came out last year to rave reviews and that we thought needed to be heard on audio. And thanks to both Odom Jr. and Phoebe Strole’s beautiful and heartfelt narration, we think you’ll agree.
Listen to a clip of Leslie Odom Jr. below:
Hear more about the role Leslie Odom Jr. plays in
FALLEN FOUNDER, The Life of Aaron Burr by Nancy Isenberg, also read by Scott Brick
“Making a strong case for revising received wisdom about Burr, Isenberg significantly contributes to the history of the early republic.”—Booklist
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