As a relatively new resident of Texas, I learned immediately that the people here take their state's history seriously. I consider myself a history buff and have dabbled in Texas History, but I must say that the most comprehensive book I have seen to date is this one. It is not simply filled with arcane facts, but the narrator brings the period to life. An enjoyable read.
Character development was excellent and continues throughout the series.
"Killer McCoy" perhaps because he was the first and possibly the best developed character in the series.
I have listened to the entire series and enjoyed them immensely.
I will not rate each book, but have read each and give very high marks. Griffin has had my attention since the Brotherhood of War series. If he puts it out, I read/listen to it.
While I have enjoyed many of the author's books in the past, this was not one of his best efforts. The crucial element in any fiction of this sort is the suspension of disbelief. This implausible scenario did not pass the logic test.
Mr. Foote Brings the Civil War to life. This is without question the best History of any sort I have "read" in a very long time. The only possible criticism is that without the maps and illustrations a printed copy would provide, the text can be hard to follow at times. A fact of life with audio books.
Having listen to and read Dr. Edell in the past it is clear that this abridged version left much to be desired. Points were often made and opinions given without backup or explanation. This is all too common with abridged books. Whenever possible I believe both versions of a book ought to be offered.
All most of us see (or hear) are the reports of Journalists. I found this book most interesting because of the behind the scenes, day to day challenges that Anne had to face. Challenges that most of us would never consider. This book made me wish I had listened a little more to NPR during the war and watched Fox a lot less. An excellent read!
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