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.
Being a Civil War history buff, I love the way Mr. Foote works in all the anecdotes of military and civilian life throughout the telling of the story. The extra details about a person's habits as well as what was happening in other theatres of the war at the same time tie the story of the war together in a way that I have not seen before. The story surrounding the loss of Stonewall Jackson, as well as J.E.B. Stuart's problematic quest for glory and how those two missing commanders allowed Lee to blunder into the Federals at Gettyburg (in a fight over some shoes!) is so well told that I have listened to it a number of times. Highly recommended!
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...)
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.
Runner, Commuter, Dietitian with a passion for U.S. History.
The second superb volume of Shelby Foote's trilogy comprehensively describes events that receive short shrift in the history books, media and popular imagination - the Western Theater of the Civil War. While Gettysburg and Chancellorsville are presented in detail, it was fascinating to learn about the ironclads, tinclads and gunboats lumbering up the bayous and moss strewn tributaries of the Mississippi River, searching in vain for a route around the murderous batteries at Vicksburg; Grant's bender during the boredom, futility and frustration of the struggle for the Mississippi; the heroism of both the Union's Black regiments and the Confederate general at Port Hudson, Louisiana; and how hapless, frustrated blue-blood Philadelphia native and CSA general Pemberton begs in vain for assistance from the Confederate leadership in breaking Grant's unrelenting siege of Vicksburg.
As with the other volumes, basic understanding of Civil War battle chronology, geography, tactics, and the political as well as cultural landscape is a prerequisite to add necessary depth and context to the volumes. Unless you have an extensive background in Civil War history, these aren't stand-alone volumes. The level of detail can easily become overwhelming. Part of the enrichment is exploring other Civil War history resources - websites, documentaries, battlefields, museums, and other published materials - that enable the reader to place Foote's magnificent writing into context.
The finest praise I have for a book is that I'm not the same person I was after having read it. I discovered this standing in front of the public library in Erie, PA. To my surprise, as I had no idea where he was from, there stood a statue of Strong Vincent, defender of the Union Flank at Little Round Top. Having died of his wounds five days after the battle, he's one of the soldiers that you don't hear much about. His is a sad story; tears welled up as I offered a prayer of thanksgiving that his country had deep enough meaning for him to sacrifice his life. There are numerous examples like his on both Union and Confederate sides. The war was bloody and the tactics were brutal, delivering a tragic, almost unimaginable and horrific loss of life. Perhaps most frustrating was the lack of progress for the rights of African Americans, coming to halt after passage of the 15th amendment. However, when you tour the battlefields, the long and almost forgotten dead seem to speak to you from an era when Americans acted upon deeply felt ideals. The ideals were often flawed, but the sentiment and the actions that resulted were profound and resonate to the present day.
Foote's prose is simply elegant. Perhaps a shame that he himself did not do the reading although his doing so would merely been an enhancement to an otherwise fine job.
This book is a must read for any true student of the American Civil War. It will take you places you've never heard of that yet are integral to understanding how this immensely complex story unfolds.