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.
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.
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