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Denis

Annapolis, MD, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Donovan
    • Narrated By James Boles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    In June 1876, on a desolate hill above a winding river called "the Little Bighorn", George Armstrong Custer and all 210 men under his direct command were annihilated by almost 2,000 Sioux and Cheyenne. The news of this devastating loss caused a public uproar, and those in positions of power promptly began to point fingers in order to avoid responsibility.

    Hika says: "Very well done"
    "a fantastic read"
    Overall

    Best book this year for me! It captured my attention from the very beginning and held it to the end. Well researched and richly detailed portrayal of the post-Civil War period - cities, outposts and on the frontier. All of the characters, soldiers and Indians, come to life in vivid detail. Totally recast my knowledge of Custer, and painted a completely different picture of him and his role in pacifying the Souix, from the superficial one we all got in high school. Covers his life from the close of the Civil War to the tragedy at Little Big Horn, to the aftermath that occured at Wounded Knee. This one will be tough to beat.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee: As Recorded by His Son, Captain Robert E. Lee

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert E. Lee
    • Narrated By Bill Wallace
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    This book fleshes out the man and reveals the workings of a great military mind and a warm, understanding, and generous human being. It shows all the facets of the general during the war; at the conclusion, when he was an outspoken proponent of a reasonable peace which would allow the South to rejoin the Union; and after the war, when he served as president of Washington College.

    Sarah Sidell says: "A very good read."
    "a little disappointed"
    Overall

    The Civil War ended at hour #3 of this 12 hour audiobook, and focused almost entirely on Lee's life after the War, particularly his letters to his wife and children. Letter after letter to his wife and children... Shed no light on his thoughts and reflections on his role in the war, or the generals that he commanded. My takeaway was an appreciation for Lee's skills as a man of letters. It's a lost art in our times, but I was looking for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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