This is the best history I've ever read. Foote has a real talent as a story teller.
The Narration is also top notch.
I'm not a professional historian, so I cannot judge the quality of this work from that viewpoint. But if you are a casual reader who wants to know more about the Civil War, this is probably as good as it gets.
I couldn't follow the time line because there were no dates, or states mentioned. Battles were blurred by politics and I lost focus. DISAPPOINTED.
Don't know, lost interest.
A very ponderous book that is too difficult to follow for those of us not born in the USA.
A great story still needs a voice- he keeps you engaged throughout- which is an impressive feat for a 40 hour listen.
Not that kind of book
Grover Gardener does a fantastic job with taking on Shelby Foote's unequaled three volume work on the civil war. I had been intimidated by the shear volume of Foote's narrative and took a chance with this one- I was not disappointed. This truly is a narrative and is perfectly suited to the audio-book medium.While not for the casual reader, if you want to know who was who, who they really were, and what really happened, I don't think there is another book out there to match this one.I highly recommend it to anyone interested in US history.
The narrator seemed to have a Southern accent which added to it since the author is from Memphis, Tennessee as I recall.
My brother-in-law has read this 3-book-set at least 5 times as a book. Now I understand why. The writing is great and keeps me interested as I try to keep the time-line of the battles straight in my brain! The narrator has a clear voice and is enjoyable to listen to (even if he pronounces the cities in Missouri unusually) :D
No. Too long.
Jackson: brilliant loon.
Determined diction. Dialogue judiciously performed.
Thank you for connecting to Kindle whispersync. It's brilliant. Some syncing issues, but nevermind. Great idea.
Foote's Civil War trilogy is excellent reading. His style is comfortable, he loops back to remind us of details we may have forgotten, he balances the personal and intimate with the grand and the sweeping and he balances the dynamics of north and south cultures with frankness. The only complaint I have is that the recording of the first two books is marred somewhat by changes in volume and tone occasionally. (It sounds as if the recordings were corrected and the volume and bass treble settings were not identical.) These caveats are minimal, however, given the overall quality of the writing and the scope of these histories. Bravo!
The frustrating encounters of the northern cavalry against Nathan Forrest, a mean and rough man who knew how to strike hard and win battles.
Grover has a great voice, one of my very favorites in audio books. Excellent inflection and flow (even though he does mispronounce Cape Girardeau.)
Amazement at the sacrifice of lives and bloodshed for such a ennobling cause.
I love history.
What I liked about Shelby Foote is his the detailed description of military tactics, the political background and the political intrigue. But the problem with this version of the history is it is slightly biased toward the South, also because it was written before the Civil Right Movement, he could get away with dismissing Massachusetts 54 Regiment using 2 sentences.
I don't think I like his style of history, but yhere is still a volume 3.
Non-fiction, fiction--I read widely. Except bodice rippers. I'd rather pull my own eyelashes out than read romance. Avid, happy reader.
I have enjoyed this as much as the first installment--Foote really brings the civil war to life with many personal stories and behind the scenes details. I noticed another review that refered to this book as progaganda, as apparently, it didn't make sense to the reviewer that the North won the war while losing so many battles. I truly have no bias in this matter, and must say that I was a bit surprised to read that review, given that these are factual accounts, all of which can be easily researched for their validity. Far from propaganda, I think this book really highlights the role of luck, folly, and the tendencies for the best laid plans to run amok, and, to me, Foote does an admirable job of showing this on both sides of the conflict.
I think the tendency is to view the war as about ending slavery--and to view it in very black and white terms (pardon the bad pun) with the North against slavery, and fighting to end it. This really wasn't the case, and Foote does a good job of showing the political tightrope act Lincoln had to engage in regarding slavery to avoid losing Northern support for the war--and for his presidency.
I'm no civil war scholar, but I really enjoy historical books generally, and if you do, too, I would imagine you'll enjoy this one. I like a good, long listen if it's engaging, and this definitely fits the bill.
I like the narrator's voice, and would have given him a full rating if not for the sometimes distracting number of words he mispronounces. There are fewer such instances in this volume, though. The first volume is almost comical at times, particularly with respect to the names of towns, which were mangled almost beyond recognition at times (towns in Missouri seemed particularly likely to be mispronounced to the point where those battles and troop movements were tough to even listen to due to the frustration that it wasn't corrected or coached ahead of time).
Nobody could listen to this book in one sitting without a new Guiness book entry : ) --But you'll look forward to getting back to it.