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  • Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Alan Taylor
    • Narrated By Andrew Garman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor tells the riveting story of a war that redefined North America. In a world of double identities, slippery allegiances, and porous borders, the leaders of the American Republic and the British Empire struggled to control their own diverse peoples. Taylor’s vivid narrative of an often brutal—sometimes farcical—war reveals much about the tangled origins of the United States and Canada.

    margot says: "A proper history of an obscure epoch"
    "If you like David Mccullough you won't like this.."
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    Would you try another book from Alan Taylor and/or Andrew Garman?

    Maybe but he'd have to change his writing style.


    Has Civil War of 1812 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What three words best describe Andrew Garman’s performance?

    good not great


    Any additional comments?

    Really disappointed with the writing style of this author. I listen to a lot of historical audio books and my favorite is where the author turns it into an easy to follow story. This was not that book. The author is all over the place with writings from so many different people that you loose interest. The first 1/3 of the book could of been summarized in a short chapter or 2. This is more for someone who is more of a serious historian and not for the people who like history but also want to be entertained. It's too confusing and there wasn't enough of a steady story line. The narrative seemed schizophrenic. He made this war uninteresting and I stopped the book after getting about half way through. I would say dump this book and look for other books like 1776, The Coldest Winter, Genghis Kahn and the making of the modern world, John Adams and Undaunted Courage.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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