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Daniel

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  • Richmond Must Fall: The Richmond-Petersburg Campaign, October 1864 (Civil War Soldiers and Strategies)

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hampton Newsome
    • Narrated By Claton Butcher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In the fall of 1864, the Civil War's outcome rested largely on Abraham Lincoln's success in the upcoming presidential election. As the contest approached, cautious optimism buoyed the President's supporters in the wake of Union victories at Atlanta and in the Shenandoah Valley. With all eyes on the upcoming election, Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant conducted a series of large-scale military operations outside Richmond and Petersburg, which have, until now, received little attention.

    Daniel says: "Dryer then the timber in the Wilderness"
    "Dryer then the timber in the Wilderness"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The author needed to insert color, anecdotes and reminiscences.


    Has Richmond Must Fall turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I have read dozens of books in this genre. This one is at the bottom of the list.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Claton Butcher’s performances?

    Never ever would I want to listen to this speaker. He over annunciates, over emotes and detracts from the content.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    This book had no redeeming qualities. The author seemed to have only a superficial knowledge of his subject and never went to what was happening on the ground.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glorious War: The Civil War Adventures of George Armstrong Custer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Thom Hatch
    • Narrated By James C. Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Glorious War, the thrilling and definitive biography of George Armstrong Custer's Civil War years, is nothing short of a heart-pounding cavalry charge through the battlefield heroics that thrust the gallant young officer into the national spotlight in the midst of the country's darkest hours. From West Point to the daring actions that propelled him to the rank of general at age twenty-three to his unlikely romance with Libbie Bacon, Custer's exploits are the stuff of legend.

    Daniel says: "Worst Civil War History"
    "Worst Civil War History"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think an 11 year old who knows nothing about the Civil War might enjoy this book.


    What was most disappointing about Thom Hatch’s story?

    He is a poor story teller. His prose uses cliche phrases and words that weren't used in the 1860's. His book also includes major historical inaccuracies. He states that Winfield Scott was offered command of all Southern forces...duh! He is obviously not a student of the era.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James C. Lewis?

    The narrator mispronounces the names of rivers, generals and battlefields.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read over 100 books on Civil War history and this comes in dead last.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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