I don’t generally enjoy listening to super long audiobooks. Since I listen to audiobooks almost exclusively in the car, I only get through a certain number of hours a week, and if a book takes me longer than a week or two, I tend to start getting impatient. I have listened to a few longer novels (i.e. A Game of Thrones), but I generally stick with books that are around ten to fifteen hours long. So it’s kind of a big deal that I made an exception for this book. And it was totally worth it.
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Read by: Scott Brick
36 hours and 2 minutes
I decided to listen to Alexander Hamilton because I really wanted to read it, and just wasn’t getting around to it. So, even though it was a full day and a half long, I decided to start the audiobook. I fully expected to switch between the audio and the paperback, but I actually never picked up my physical copy for any purpose other than to see how many pages I’d gotten through. I unexpectedly loved the audiobook. The few times I did try to read a bit of the physical book, I just wasn’t as into it. Which, in my mind, means this is a particularly great audiobook.
It’s definitely a long book, but I did speed it up a bit (just one of the many benefits of listening to audiobooks), and that did help. Still, it took me nearly two months to complete. And, while I took breaks – many of which were to listen to the Hamilton soundtrack, because I’d gotten to a part of the book that matched up with a song and couldn’t get it out of my head – I never actually got bored.
More importantly, I learned a ton from this book! Despite a degree in history (and a minor in American studies), I had never actually studied Hamilton, and I just find him fascinating. But I also learned a lot about how the US government was set up and why. Which was actually pretty relevant to what’s going on today. There were so many times I’d read a news article and think, “hey, that’s not why that law was written in the first place.” Which made me really happy, because I am a huge nerd.
Overall, I thought the audiobook was such a great way to ingest this story. I loved listening to it, and I am so happy that I did, because it turned out to be one of my all-time favorite biographies. And not just because I love Hamilton. If you’re into biographies, or history, or Hamilton, I HIGHLY recommend reading (or listening to this book). It’s worth it, I promise.
If you’re interested in this audiobook, you can use this link to sign up for a free trial of Audible, and choose Alexander Hamilton as one of your free books! (You get to keep them even if you cancel, so you don’t really have anything to lose.)
I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have a favorite audiobook, share it in the comments – I’m always looking for good audiobook recommendations.