A very engaging immersive experience that conveys the hardships, era, events and the personalities of the main and minor characters of the period as no book has ever done for me before. It's very hard to put down. I had no understanding of the ordeal the common soldier endured. I had no idea what gave Thomas Paine his inspiration, who is actually one of the two main characters of at least the first half I've listened to. Now I do. Highly recommended.
I'm very happy that I was able to take the time to listen to this book. It was simply well done. Well written, well read and very interesting while being educational and enjoyable.
Well researched & written to shine a light on the rough state of Washington's army to cross the Delaware, attack Trenton & defeat a large Hessian force….. a great means to personalize the volunteers who stuck by the revolution.
I have read several of the books by Gingrich. His trilogy on the Civil War was excellent in its first two books, then became so PC in the third that it hurt the series.
It is common in war books to jump from one character's vantage point to another, but in this book, they not only do that but change the time frame by several weeks many times. Plus the wording became so repetitious that it became laughable. I was very disappointed with this whole effort. Also, the tremendous amount of cursing in this book seemed totally out of order for the time period.
If this were my first read of Gingrich/Forstchen, it would be my last. However, their other books were much better.
If I am to be totally honest, this is a book that I have put off reading, no matter how badly I wanted to read it because of the politics of one of the authors. And it is not my intention to open a political debate in this forum — but this book is a great representation of not so much judging a book by its cover, but rather judging a book by its author. So going in I was prepared to dislike this book from the beginning. However, I came away greatly surprised. Choosing the appropriate story, of course, is half the battle in any book. And in this one, the authors met with success. There are few books that are in story format that tell about the American Revolution — and yet it is a time that simply invites stories because of how amazing the entire war really was! But after choosing the appropriate story, it comes down to how gifted is the author in the story telling. And, without identifying where all the gifts may lie — this book is well worth the read.
The book was very good, but the narration left something to be desired. I quit after only about 15 minutes the first try, but decided to give it a second try and I am glad I did. The narrator sounded condescending to the characters, and the female voice just did not fit at all. Fortunately the book is very good and makes up for the narration.
I have truly enjoyed the civil war books and the WWII books. So I was really looking forward to this book. But I was disappointed. The story plodded along. It didn't have any of the energy the other books had.
The march from Valley Forge to Trenton and subsiquent events are excellently portrayed in Jeff Shaara's "A Glorious Cause" read by Grover Gardner. Newt's book caused me to suffer along with the reader and Washington's men and became an account of the inadvisability of being outside in the wintertime without your shoes on.