Growing up outside of Atlanta and going to college in Northwest Georgia, of course I had heard about the Great Locomotive Chase and had even seen the General on school field trips to Kennesaw, but I knew very little about the chase itself and, as I found out, what I did know was largely false or inflated by myth. This was a very thorough and entertaining story about a very small chapter in Civil War history. Russell Bonds's research was meticulous and Bronson Pinchot's narration was gripping. I have to take a moment here to apologize to Mr. Pinchot because, while I knew I wasn't going to be listening to Balki or Serge narrate this book, I was a good 10 minutes in before I realized "Hey, this is actually Bronson Pinchot!" He did a fantastic job bringing the story to life and finding the subtle humor in some of the text with timely pregnant pauses and more ironic moments pointed out with conspiratorial undertones.
As I said before, I knew very little of this story even though it happened practically right in my backyard in Georgia. As the story unfolded and the General plowed up through NW Georgia I could imagine my own drives up I-75 and thinking about all the landmarks that the General was passing and my own experiences going through that countryside. After the chase was over, I also felt the Union soldiers' pain as they were held prisoner and their anguish at losing their friends and not knowing what was going to happen to them next. Bonds' description of the Yankees eventual escape was so engrossing, I continued to listen to the book even once I got home as I do almost all of my audio book listening in the car going to and from work.
In the early part of the book, Bonds points out significant landmarks in Atlanta and Marietta which pertain to the Great Locomotive Chase. I plan to buy a copy of this book so that I have it handy on my next trip home to Atlanta so I can visit these landmarks and hopefully pick up a little bit more knowledge of this intriguing moment of Civil War history.
Written as if the author was there
The Main character; Had the gumption to attempt to steal the engine
I love to learn and I love to listen to true stories, biographies, history and real life adventures.
This was an amazing story of adventure and the fact that it is based off of real life factual events makes it all the better. ☺
Very interesting and educational book - I knew little about the civil war and nothing about this part of it. The book had humor and intrigue even though you know from early on how it ends. I would highly recommend this "listen".
American patriot, veteran, historical researcher and writer.
This is not one of those "more of the same" old Civil War stories. This was an exciting adventure, that was daring, complex, and told in a masterful way. Mr. Bonds did a fabulous job in researching the historic train theft, and carefully extracting truths from so much bravado and Hollywood fiction that has become attached to this event thorough time. Bronson Pinchot delivered a superb performance in his reading. The story and performance kept me involved through the whole listening experience. I believe this book spans more than just an historical account of the great train theft. It was a thrilling listen and would be even a better movie, if they would stick to story as the author has presented it to us.
Enjoyed this of historical journey through a small but important part of the Civil War. Also learned about the beginning of the Medal of Honor.
The story itself is interesting.
All of them, especially the officer that led the expedition.
All were presented well.
That the Confederates executed some but not the others.
J. Davis executed some of the Yankees. Rather harsh it seems to me.
Love to get lost in a book, love to read and love to be read to...
A good listen, there were some flat spots. I wasn't sure if the story was slow or the narration dry, forced. It was worth finishing. Certainly a different civil war tale.