Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
I read this book in college as required reading in a Civil War history class. Twenty years later it is just as good. It is amazing to think that the outcome of the Civil War could have been different based on a few different decisions. Actually Robert E Lee comes off as reckless and foolish in his decision to fight at Gettysburg even though he was outnumber and the Union forces had the better ground. Longstreet, realizing that he confederate army was between the Union army and Washington, wanted to march of Washington DC. They could have then forced the Union army to attack when the Confederates had better ground.
After listening to the book I watched the Turner miniseries. You can find it on youtube.
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.
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.
Even though I have an ancestor who was wounded at Gettysburg, I really didn't know much about the battle. This novel was written back in the 60's but has re-issued partly because Josh Whedon says it was the inspiration for Firefly/ Serenity. At least that is why I read it.
First if was a compelling account of the battle told in the form of an historical novel, through the eyes of men on both sides. After reading it I feel an interest in the Civil War that I never had before.
The narrator is wonderful. He captures accents as varied as those of Maine and Virginia. During the battle he uses emotion in his voice to capture the horror of the scene.
All in all, I highly recommend this recording.
The Killer Angels is a great book for any civil war buff. The leading figures are humanized in this work, you get the feeling you share their pain and loss as you are drawn into the story. A great yarn that leaves you wanting to hear the rest of the story
To make Robert E. Lee sound like a sissy is a rare and unhappy ability. The effect of the reader's voice reaches for pathos only to succeed in being pathetic.
If you read this book yourself, you may actually appreciate it.