For nearly a century this book has been a "must read" for anyone interested in naval history. Unfortunately the narrator's technique of ending almost every sentence on a rising note, as if a question was being asked made listening impossible. It broke my heart but I had to put the tape away after an hour of teeth-gritting struggle.
This book covers primarily Grant's later military career, i.e.,the period of his 1864 Overland Campaign to the end of the Civil War. It shows all the marks of a book published in 1897 in that the language is a bit stilted for modern readers to completely enjoy. It also suffers from having been written by a hero-worshiping member of Grant's staff who tends to smooth over any weaknesses or failures that a modern historian would point out. Porter's coverage of Grant's performance at Cold Harbor is especially suspect.
The reader, Noah Waterman does a nice job for the most part with a good, flat Midwestern accent but does have some understandable difficulty with certain southern river names such as Totopotomoy and Mattaponi.
Additionally, he read the work rather rapidly for my tastes.
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