54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
This trilogy by shelby foote is the most remarkable reading/listening experience Ive ever had!. Foote's writing is jaw dropping, stunning and unforgettable. I could go on forever about this series and it wouldn't , couldn't do it justice. THIS TRILOGY IS A MUST READ>
This book is great! Superb narration by Grover Gardner. The details by Shelby Foote are amazing. Was interested mostly in Gettysburg Battles as we had visited the area.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
If you're only going to read one book on the Civil War, this should be it. It's comprehensive, balanced, and readable. It's extremely long, but worth every minute of it.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
God help us!
US Grant because he wasn't brilliant and he had to keep going even though people said he was a drunk and not a leader. He persevered until by the end of the book Congress wanted to give him an honor that only Washington and Winfield Scott had recieved. The book made him very human.
He is a wonderful narrator that hits the right nuances at all the right times.
No way. Long book that is perfect for listening to a chapter or two at a time. Savor it!
I was disappointed that despite the blurb saying Gettysburg was given book length treatment, it didn't feel like enough to me. However, the entire book was wonderful and I learned so much on this time during the Civil War.
you will not get any better description of the war and what was arround it. strongly recomended, though technicaly speaking narating is not perfect (but nighther the war...)
Not in the least. I commute a lot and audiobooks are a blessing to me. But nothing beats being able to reread a line without using some sort of machine to go back over and over again. And the smell of actual print books are a cerebral aphrodisiac to me.
The only ones that come to mind are Volumes I and III. Shelby Foote's writing style and hard earned research are unique to me in the world of history books. I find most history books to be one of three styles:
1. Heady tomes filled with data and a complete lack of personality that read like a list of dates and events which I find to have nothing to do with life or understanding a time or events.
2. Re-hashes and books that capitalize on the popularity of a subject where mediocre authors get book deals to say nothing new at an infantile reading level that lack insight and contain less data than a 30 minute television show with 8 minutes of commercials.
3. Books like this which immerse one in the times and the characters from first to last page. A writer like this on a subject like this can broaden one's horizons, teach one about a time and people from the past, and introduce one to a subject so broad and allow one to understand deeply and sincerely what really could have gone on before you and I walked this planet.
Ken Burns's documentary is legendary. His introductions are completely skippable. I believe anyone with eyes and ears knows how integral Shelby Foote was to his Civil War documentary. Although it was nice to hear that Foote enjoyed Grover Gardner's reading of this fine work.
There certainly was. It happens from after Ken Burns's introduction and stops right before audible thanks the listener for listening.
Because of this three volume series I understand and sympathize with both sides and do not hold the grudge against the south that this New England man used to when I had such a poor understanding of the conflict and the characters involved. Shelby Foote was an amazing writer, an amazing historian, and, from what I see and hear from interviews and his role in the documentary, an amazing man. Thank you for reading.
Excellent review of the middle war years. Bring previous forgotten facts to listener. Puts facts to the major players on both sides....good listen!
I like to read but listening is better.
After reading the first volume you'll be used to Shelby Foote's style by now, and you'll reach that most enjoyable stage of books on tape when listening to the book starts to feel like a part of your normal routine.
If McClelland and Jackson were the stars of the first volume, Lee and Grant are the stars of Volume II. Gettysburg and the different assaults on Vicksburg are the highlights of this book.
There are a couple of things I have noticed about Foote's books. He covers all of the action during the war, regardless of the size and scope. Therefore there are many engagements and stories in this book that listeners most likely haven't read about before. More importantly, I feel like Foote's descriptions of major battles are so different it's as if I've never read about any of them before.
Grover Gardner is the best.
Audible junkie, history buff, esp. wars through Korea, scifi/fantasy fan, lover of *most* things new & interesting.
Excellent in every aspect: perspective from the broad view of history, detail from everyday life, character sketches, action scenarios, atmospherics. Shelby Foote can't be improved upon for a solid, listenable narrative.
a life's work. the three volumes are consistently engaging. reads like a exceptional novel. edge of your seat story that turns out to be actual history.