I have a hard time reading/listening to true fiction books. I think this is because my main reason for reading is to learn and not necessarily just for enjoyment, although I do read many historical fiction books. Favorites history/biography books and science/tech info books.
Great book. Lots of good interesting facts and a great overall history of the war from an unbiased perspective. Should engage anyone looking for a good history of the civil war.
I enjoyed all the different perspectives in this book. Listening to Northern and Southern soldiers both and their observations (sometimes on the same battles).
Not sure if I had a favorite but U.S. Grant was prolific in his writings.
I enjoyed most of the readers and their inflections, there was one reader I didn't really enjoy the voice or cadence of, but overall it was good.
Nothing outstanding to sway me either way in particular. I was moved by the scenes of the surrender at Appomattox though.
I am a non-fiction kind of guy - focus is on military history and politics. Prefer apolitical tomes that hone in on facts not ideology.
I would listen to this again because it is enlightening and entertaining. As a history buff I enjoy minute facts, and this has so very many of those.
It is written along the lines of works of other historians, such as Ambrose and Goodwin.
He kept me listening, and is a precise narrator.
Undoubtedly the definitive work on the civil war. The reader does a good job holding the listeners attention. I have read this volume once and I do not tire of listening to it again.
I read the book and was not disappointed in the audio as I've listened to it, or at least large sections of it, over and over. If you want a solid overview of a mind-boggling period of American history this is it.
Writing brought the details of people, events to life. Narration went well and gave emotion this story.
Book is detailed, but it covers social, historical, political and geopolitical aspects not covered elsewhere.
Provides accurate insights into the differences between the South and the rest of the country which are as cogent today as they were in the 1850's and 60's. We should have let the South secede. It would have saved us a great deal of social and political conflict that continues to hamper us today. It was also refreshing to read and listen to a book without the errors of grammar and syntax that are so common in many books published currently.
Want to understand the underpinnings of the Tea Party and other right wing organizations in the United States? You can't go wrong starting with this book.