I would advise anyone interested in US history and freedom, as an ideal, to read listen to this entire series. Shelby Foote has done all of us a great service in making this huge, complex, sad and sanguinary period of history come to life and take on a coherence not found in many other books covering this material. I would recommend a good Civil war atlas to keep handy for reference so the geography doesn't overcome you. After you recover, I'd recommend The Republic of Suffering, by Drew Gilpin Faust, to understand the profound effect that the Civil War has had on this nation.
"fabric artist and quilter"
For those that have a little knowledge of the American Civil War this book is the ultimate in understanding the background from a political point of view on both sides and also the background to each of the battles and campaigns from a military point of view, again for both North and South.
This book is a tour de force. The author has gleaned information that is both pertinent but more importantly is also interesting. At times it is actually amusing, at other times it is very moving.
Grover Gardner does a wonderful job of narrating this book - for such a long book you need a voice that is comfortable to listen to, but authoritative and learned without being pompous, Grover fits this bill very well. I am so looking forward to the next volume.
Absolutely! I'm sure that the nuance of emotions could not rise off the printed page as well.
As a West Point graduate, I was educated deeply in the strategy and tactics involved in the war. What was not taught were the aspects of the personal idiosyncracies of the major personnel; the impacts on the civilian population nor the political interactions. This history filled in all the cracks.
Every moment was a garden of delight.
As this is a huge file, be prepared to sacrifice shelf space.
Shelby Foote's history of the Civil War is an interesting read (or listen) though it is not without its critics, most of whom appear to take him to task for accuracy. He is not, in their view, a real "historian," and in this they may be correct. Those considerations aside, I enjoyed volume 1, though the audio version suffers from two weaknesses. First, I did not like the narrator's voice. Indeed, the audio book would have been far better if narrated by Foote himself, whose voice is perfectly suited to the material. Second, there is an annoying audio artifact - best described as a faint echo - on the version I downloaded. Whether an artifact of recording or downloading, it is real and, once noted, irritating.
yes, the book opens a window to the past
the entire volume is a joy
Mr Foote understands the period like no one else i've read.
This is a very long book and I have listened to it in short segments. It is very well written and magnificently researched but not easy to read. I needed to have a more thorough acquaintance with the names of the many minor generals to keep up with which army was prevailing. I am glad I persevered.
I have recently read Rise to Rebellion by Jeff Shaara and Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly by Jennifer Fleischner which did not display as meticulous research but whose good research revealed a very personal touch.
There was a greater problem with the audio production than the narrator. The audio was harsh.
My favorite narrator is Barbara Rosenblat, but her talents would not be fully utilized in this narration.
It's written in story form.
no, it's much too long for that. It is very interesting and entertaining, though.
Fantastic content by Shelby Foote who himself has a fantastic and appropriate voice to have narrated this book (see Ken Burns' documentary)
The content and scholarship
The narrator needs to leave the building
Yes, extreme reaction to the adenoidal tones of the narrator.
Please re-record. This is a fantastic product ruined by its narration. Cannot bring myself to purchase the later volumes.
I love reading a variety of genres and authors - audiobooks are my new best friend as I knit or travel.
I really enjoyed the anecdotes that Foote incorporated into what otherwise might be a dry history. The narration was horrible, though. Gardner's voice is fairly monotone, the audio quality jumps around pretty wildly to my ears, and there are incredibly obvious and distracting mispronunciations (especially in the first third of the book.) When I can't sleep, I go back to this book in the Audible app and set it on a fifteen-minute sleep timer. I have yet to make it more than two minutes into the book after doing so.
I would compare it to The Nine by Jeffrey Toobin - it's the same mix of history, background information necessary to understand the subtleties of what happened when and why, and anecdotes and trivia.
Just about anyone. Wil Wheaton or Karen White would have done excellent work with this text.
I've watched Ken Burns's The Civil War three times, so I suppose I'd say yes.
This is the most complete and detailed account of the Civil War I have ever heard. The amount of time it must have taken to accumulate the data from all of the different sources must be huge. It keeps you wanting to listen more and more. Also gives you a new prospective on what you learned in US history class. The reader is great and does an awesome job .