I read this book every year and this is the first time hearing it as an audio book. Very well done performance on the various characters, including great accents.
Actually takes you into the mind of the officers on both sides of the conflict. How different the attitudes of the Generals. Eye opening revelation of why the south lost the war.
there is something so much better when a book is read to you. I have a tendency to skim, but narration, especilaly good narration, draws you in and keeps you in to the very end.
i sobbed for the last ten minutes, just unbelieveable. truly moving experience.
The end of the battle of Day One, when the Union soldiers drove downhill with just bayonets is something I will never forget, I need to go to Gettysburg just to see where it happened, to see the scale of the battlefield.
on the ground at gettysburg...
Dont miss this one!
The personal nature of the story-telling, the author's ability to recount (accurately, I think) the impressions of key leaders on each side of the battle.
Spoiler alert: Lt Col Joshua Chamberlain of the 20th Maine.
Stephen Hoye's voice characterizations were uniformly superb, whether Yankee, Virginian, or British.
I have recommended it, personally, to anyone who will listen to me. Reading this has enhanced my reading of The Education of Henry Adams and will inform my re-reading of Team of Rivals. In the same way that Melville is able to instill the reader with sympathy for the whale (and THE Whale), Shaara is able to instill sympathy for all the characters - making the battle, itself, therefore, the human tragedy that it was and to this day remains.
One of those books that you wish was a never-ending story.
I have read this book 4 times however this was the first audio experience. The power of this novel was completely undermined by a voice that tried to stretch its range, force stereotypic accents, and over dramatize the excitement and tension of battle. The voice carries no "experience" and generates an atmosphere that seems to be broadcast from an American suburban development- not a 19th century battlefield.
Great book, bad theater.
It is the best book in capturing the atmosphere of the unfolding drama of Gettysburg.
Yes. Completely. As described above
It moved me to read it. Annoyed me to listen to it.
I really can't recommend the audible effort of what might otherwise be a commendable historical novel. The performance is very bad and in my mind continually attempts to assert itself over the content of the novel with regrettable consequences. Buy the written version.
The story just didn't seem to flow and was very difficult to listen too.
No, it has not turned me off to Civil War history and other stories, but it was like making my way through a swamp. Too hard to slog through, I lost interest very early on.
No, I gave up early on.
This is a great book, but the reader, while for the most part okay, makes Robert E. Lee sound like a caricature of an affected, elderly southern decorator. Accents are not required for the characters in this book and it was an almost fatal mistake to have used them. I had tu quit list'nen 'bout thu tam ole Roburt E. Lee started talkin'... It was painful.... and so un necessary.
I hated history at school. This book has sparked an interested in me that I never knew existed. I look forward to listening to more about different times in history and I hope the authors had some form of influence from Shaara's style and dedication to detail.
I read this book in preparation for a guided tour at the Gettysburg National Park and I have to say that it really enhanced my understanding of the tour and of what transpired there.
It's truly difficult for us today to imagine what life was like back then, and what war and hand-to-hand combat was like during the Civil War. The book did a very good job of giving us both a battlefield perspective, as well as the overall strategic perspective of why certain things happened that day and why others did not, and how it all came together to determine the outcome of the battle.
I didn't care much for the overly theatrical reading of the book (complete with different voices for the characters, with accents), but the content of the book remained untarnished by the reading, and I enjoyed it very much, especially when it was followed up by the tour at Gettysburg.