After enjoying the civil war and WWII series I was anxious to listen to this one. While the detail is great, the flash back device is over used and becomes distracting. The female character voice, done by Ms. Gingrich makes a good attempt, but is outshined by the male reader.
Extraordinary recap of a misunderstood and underappreciated snippet of time. Yes, the story plodded along in detail, but that helps listeners understand how bad these men suffered (for our future) in breadth and depth. Overall a surprisingly fantastic read for me in reflecting upon what it really took to create our nation against the odds. The narrator worked hard at distinguising many characters, and should have tried the limited female character instead of the poorly done woman who was distractingly used.
This whole book surrounds the mighty battle at Trenton. However, the authors skillfully laid out the battle with flashbacks to previous battles as well as Thomas Paine's contributions. Absolutley worth it. Very much as gripping as 1776 (McCullough)
This book is amazing. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in the revolutionary war. I have listened to approximately 20 books and this is by far the best. I think I finished this book in about two days because I could not stop listening. This book is historical fiction and the authors do a great job of developing the characters, as well as giving an accurate account of the historic river crossing.
It's a great mix of history and fiction. Living our comfy 21st century lives, we have no idea what it was truly like to fight in the Revolution. It portrays George Washington, Thomas Paine and other historical figures with a personal touch.
Gingrich and Forstchen had a great idea when they came up with what they called "Active History": examining how history would have changed by altering a single pivotal event. What would have happened if Robert E. Lee had won at Gettysburg? What would have happened if the Japanese had pressed their immediate advantage at Pearl Harbor and wiped out the Naval Base's ship repair facilities? It's a wonderful concept, and made for many hours of fascinating reading.
This book is just a history story. Nothing is changed. They have just taken the bare facts of Washington's assault on Trenton and puts words in the mouths of the characters, some historical and some fictional. They tell us how cold it was, how ill-equipped the troops were, and generally they try to add verisimilitude. They let us listen in as Thomas Paine, sitting by a camp fire, hears some soldier talk about how trying the times were, trying his very soul ("Catchy phrase - maybe I can use it!")
The narration was way over the top. I kept getting flashbacks of Jon Lovitz on Saturday Night Live in his role as "Master Thespian", flinging out his arm and declaring "Acting!" Dufris narrates as if he were auditioning for some stage production, playing each character and scene as larger than life.
A mighty big disappointment to me. I won't be reading the rest in this series. Maybe G&F will come up with some more "active history" and win me back.
I have enjoyed all of Gingrich's and Forstchen's history novels very much but Gingrich's daughter is a horrible reader and can only barely be tolerated. Durfris is not very good but becomes more acceptable as you progress through the novels. Callista is horrible and never changes regardless of which character she reads.
This was my first non-fiction selection and I was skeptical at first, because I hated history in school. However, this book was very well written and way more entertaining then any old history school book. It's inspiring to hear the situations that were before our American army of that time in comparison or contrast to the struggles we face as a country in this time. I'll recommend this book to anyone and everyone!