In our long audiobook history (yes, all the way back to cassettes), this is the only book my wife and I have finished and immediately begun again. It is that good.
We would love to have audiobook access to ALL his works. The research is of extremely high quality, and Fischer has a true gift for bringing the people and events about which he writes into vivid focus.
Nelson Runger's narrations are always superb, even when his source material is not.
I read this book for Strategy and War class and surprised. I usually read science fiction or technical books.
Fischer is my favorite writer of history, though this book held fewer surprises (events unknown to me) than my all-time favorite non-fiction work, _Albion's Seed_, also by Fischer.
Using untold journals and diaries, plus pensioner's narratives housed in the National Archives, Fischer brings to life events and people that shaped the war, and without too great an exaggeration, our lives today. I will be a bit political here, and add that, in my opinion, Washington and the Continental Congress would be appalled and ashamed of American conduct in the Iraq war.
Although Nelson Runger did a much better job in narrating this book than he did in _The Path Between the Seas_ by David McCullough, there must be a better history reader available. Only once during this long book did I feel like he was speaking through a mouth full of saliva. Don't audio books use directors?
Pursuing my MBA.
the (militia) riflemen: these men were absolutely free and would die before seeing liberty taken from them
mouth noise aaaarrrggggg
I was anticipating the next battle, the next feud, the next crisis. Beyond that I grew frustrated at the narrators use of the dramatic pause for (seemingly) every mark of punctuation. Also, there was a tremendous amount of "mouth noises" i.e. loud sighing, smacking lips.
Despite my frustration with the narrator, the writing quality coupled with the attention to detail made the book well worth the inconveniences. I commend the authors research and accuracy.
If you like the Revolutionary War, this covers a time period rarely written about:
from the Battle of Long Island to the Surprise attack on Trenton.
However, the writing style is very poor with lots of repetition.
The author writes a good basic narrative but then sidetracks from time to time into discussions of aspects of the war that are dry and boring.
He repeats quotes from various characters.
Not one of his better efforts
The reader was o.k.. It was not the reader but the writing that I disliked.
I love history. This book reads like a history text book which is interesting but mostly facts/data. However, I was hoping for a book that gave personal insight into Washington, his life, who he was and the reasons behind his decisions. Thus said, I was fascinated by the history of the painting and the stories behind each countries involvement. I had no idea about the past history of English invasions world wide prior to 1776, very interesting.
Enormously detailed, yet completely gripping, this work brings to life an incredibly important, yet often overlooked, chapter in our nation's history
The history of washington's life almost defies belief -that a man could be so level headed and constant in his service and his convictions. There is a reason for why so many landmarks are named in his honor.
One of my very favorite audio books (and I've listened to over 200), this is an amazingly vivid portrayal of a very critical time in our nation's history. The hardships endured by those early soldiers were truly extraordinary. It was very hard to ever turn off the car on this one. I could easily listen to it in one sitting. You simply must listen to this one if you have any interest at all in the Revolutionary War.
'Washington's Crossing' is an enjoyable, accessible history. Fischer is thorough and detailed, but rarely boring. Although the author clearly admires George Washington and some of the other founders very much (and seems to have low regard for others), the book never devolves into hagiography. As with any military history on an audibook, this suffers somewhat from a lack of maps, but I found many visual resources available on the web.
One of Fischer's great strengths is his ability to put myriad tiny developments into a coherent whole, showing that sometimes small decisions have tremendous consequences.
The narrator is very good, and well-suited to the material. Some material at the end of the book seems unnecessary, but the interview with the author is a definite plus.