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Stephen

Newton, MA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Manassas: The Civil War Battle Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Reasoner
    • Narrated By LLoyd James
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Storm clouds are approaching Culpeper County, Virginia, in early January 1861. The troublesome Fogarty brothers have been raising havoc across the countryside, and when the local lawman, Will Brannon, returns from another futile attempt to track them down, he finds the townspeople abuzz. South Carolina has seceded from the Union, and rumor has it more states will follow, perhaps even Virginia.

    Stephen says: "Disappointed in 1st book"
    "Disappointed in 1st book"
    Overall

    As the first book in a large series, 'Manassas' really disappointed. While some of the character development was interesting and necessary (if predictable), the description of the battle and the dialogue between the men fighting it smacked of a B- John Wayne movie. I will give the 2nd book a try but am not optimistic. For better character development, more historical accuracy and more intense battle scenes, I would recommned the Starbuck series by Bernard Cornwell.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • John Ransom's Diary: Andersonville

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Ransom
    • Narrated By David Thorn
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    This book is an extraordinary day-to-day documentary of the Civil War's most infamous Confederate prison, Camp Sumter, better known as Andersonville.

    John says: "John Ransom's Diary - A Great Listen"
    "Civil War"
    Overall

    An incredibly moving piece of nonfiction that takes the glory and swashbuckling out of war and underscores Sherman's 'war is hell' view. Like the monument at Andersonville, a tribute to all POWs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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