1865

Publisher:
Airship, Wondery

1865

5.0/5

Critic Rating

April 15, 1865. President Lincoln is dead and the country in turmoil.Secretary of War Edwin Stanton takes control, determined to bring the assassin to justice—but the hunt for John Wilkes Booth isn’t all that grips Stanton.Lincoln’s successor, Vice President Andrew Johnson, is likely to bend to southern interests and undo the very progress for which Lincoln died. Edwin Stanton must employ every bit of political wile he can muster to secure the future of the freed slaves, and the nation.Consumed by his conviction, Stanton will betray his friends, his honor, and the very constitution he is sworn...


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Sam McDonald • The Audiophile Nov 22, 2021

"(Season 2) Ulysses S. Grant is played by James Black. He portrays Grant as personable and friendly, but also capable of being firm when he needs to be. He also portrays Grant as a bit reserved and soft-spoken. You get the impression that Grant is still haunted by his experience during the war. He's far less bombastic than Jeremy Schwartz was with his depiction of Edwin Stanton. This does help underscore how Grant is going to be a very different protagonist than Stanton was. Erik and Steve took a very warts and all approach when it came to writing Ulysses S. Grant. They do acknowledge that Grant did a lot of good things that he doesn't get nearly enough praise for. However, Erik and Steve don't gloss over Grant's flaws and shortcomings either. …"

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Score: 5

Clint Smith • The Atlantic Oct 1, 2021

"1865, whose first fantastic season has actors taking on the lives of those at the center of American politics following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, is completely riveting. It’s like a prestige limited series on television, but for your ears. I can’t say enough good things about it."

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Score: 5

Sam McDonald • The Audiophile Mar 2, 2020

"It is a truly epic series, and a true labor of love. 1865 is impeccably researched. 1865 is a standout production. It is earned several awards in the audio drama and podcasting world, and with good reason."

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