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...)
The audio recording was very distracting. The reader's intonation and clarity changed from sentence to sentence. I found that I had to raise the volume and lower it so often that I became frustrated. However, Shelby Foote presented a view of the civil war that was refreshing. I highly recommend this book - maybe there is another recording that is easier on the ears.
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.
Foote has a in-depth knowledge of the civil war. he offers it in a laid back, comfortable, good read. humanity's struggle is offered in these pages, not just statistics and a map.
My respect and awe for this book knows no boundaries. Although as a narrative it is not footnoted (as I wish it were) to me it is the authoritative work on the civil war. I particularly like his focus on the personalities of this great conflict. I now feel personally acquainted with Davis, Lincoln, Grant, Lee, Jackson, McClellan, Stanton and countless others. I am going to immediately plunge into volume 3. Can't wait.