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.
It is an immense work of literature! I will not even discuss the volume of information that you get about the civil war inthe most interesting and captivating way. What you get is a new understanding of war itself , and the enormity of it, how complicated it is and how human characters determine the outcome. I am starting the third one right away!
One of the people I would like to meet in heaven and have a beer with is author Shelby Foote.
The second of his three volumes about the Civil War focuses mostly on 1863 and early 1964. Major battles are discussed and as in volume 1 Foote skillfully interweave’s military with social and political events.
As with volume 1 I’m again in awe of this writer’s power and skill. The mental energy that went into creating this narrative out of the vast array of available sources that had to be reviewed and distilled must of been enormous. The manner in which words and sentences flow through both the momentous and mundane is nothing short of miraculous and extends far beyond the mere recitation of facts. This i some of the clearest writing I have ever experienced.
Whenever I read about the Civil War my general reaction is one of gloom. So many deaths and disasters. So many mistakes and wandering about due to poor communication. Battlefield horror and panic on both sides are displayed against the emerging reality that, through sheer weight of numbers, the South cannot win its desperate struggle to, among other things, preserve its “right” to enslave other human beings.
As the alien says to Ellie Arroway at the end of the movie Contact, “You’re an interesting species. An interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares.” In this book, a long nightmare predominates but is real.
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.
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...)
These are great books, full of great, interesting, details on the Civil War if you are a Civil War buff. Saying that, if you are able to visualize the map details, then this is for you. I had to get a Original Map of the Civil War battles to know what/where the author was referring too. If you don't know the geography, you better have a map to follow along
The amount of horses that were killed at Chickamauga
Sort of both
I have been to every major battlefield, studied the Civil War for 40 years and I still learned and enjoyed these books. They are fascinating because I find it hard to believe that the generals were highly articulate yet embodied with a lust for glory.