The book drew me unto the battle field
The personalities of the characters
Very well done better than most
Chamberlin. He was not a polished officer.
I can read the book in about 1/2 the time but when i listen I am drawn more deeply into the whole story.
Wikipedia says of this book: "The Killer Angels (1974) is a historical novel by Michael Shaara that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1975. The book tells the story of the three days of the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War: June 30, 1863, as the troops of both the Union and the Confederacy move into battle around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and July 1, July 2, and July 3, when the battle was fought. The story is character driven and told from the perspective of various protagonists. "
My take is this ...
Shaara's novel is a masterpiece American of literature. His prose is absolutely beautiful and he breathes body and soul into long forgotten heroes of the Civil War, both Union and Confederate. This book cannot be read and forgotten. It becomes part of your own living memory, as the War Between the States is part of our collective American memory.
What can I say about Stephen Hoye's performance here? He hits the perfect tone throughout. Like a singer with Perfect Pitch, Hoye matches note-to-note the personhood of the characters and the intent of the author. This is tragic tale of brother-against-brother, and the pathos in Hoye's narrative is heart-wrenching.
This will become a well-loved companion that one returns to again and again.
I have never been much into the Civil War, but someone told me to give this one a shot and I'm glad I did! The story is constantly moving and you don't have to memorize all the players to keep up. The narrator does a really fantastic job bringing this book to life and you find yourself wanting to keep listening. Although it's historical fiction, you really learn a lot about what took place with the battle of Gettysburg.
Great story, fabulous narration - so very well read as Stephen Hoye depicts the people and battle.
I loved this book from the get go...the narrator did a great job....very engaging. Thru the narrators reading skills it was so easy to identify with the characters....and understand the morbid consequences of such a sad time in our history.
I like that the human/emotional/moral side of the soldiers fighting the war was communicated so much thru out the book. The author captured that so well in his book and the narrator did an excellent job of getting that across.
They all were excellent...a very small minor thing- but, I did at certain times, later in the book, feel that the southern drawl of Lee was almost too much...too pronounced/drawn out....but that is just my perception...Stephen Hoye did a great job overall with all of the characters.
This has always been a favorite book of mine. I have probably read it 5 or 6 times. I always come across a passage that I didn't absorb before. The story is compelling, and the characters truly come alive, and all are likable, honorable, seen through the prisms of their time, and generally even ours. It is a pleasure now to be able to hear it read to me.
I would absolutely recommend this book to a friend!
It was such a well researched and written book that
was flawlessly narrated with passion and complete understanding
of the story.
All of the characters were so well done it is almost impossible to choose a
favorite, but if forced to make a choice it would have
to be Armistead. When he speaks to Longstreet the night
before Pickett's Charge about his feelings and friendship with
Hancock it is so very moving and heartfelt.
Don't hesitate to purchase this book. It is one of
those rare stories that you just don't want to end.
I read this book many years ago as an introduction to the civil war and my family's place in it. I bought the audio book this summer because I didn't have time to read the book again before my family travelled to Gettysburg for the first time. I was enthralled with the story and the performance by Stephen Hoye. He simply and perfectly brought the book to life. After our tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield, I sat on Little Round Top, listened again to the story of the second day at Gettysburg and wept. What more could I have asked for?
Very underrated book!
"A Bridge Too Far"
He captured the essence of life during the civil war.
Robert E. Lee's greatest gamble.
Too bad Michael Shaara didn't live to see the success of his book.
Michael Shaara puts a human touch on the cold facts of history. He tells the story evenly from both sides of the conflict from the perspective of those involved in the story. It is a much more interesting and understandable way to learn Civil War history.