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Charles

Indiana, PA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Witness to Gettysburg: Inside the Battle That Changed the Course of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Wheeler
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Witness to Gettysburg brings the bloodiest, most crucial battle of the Civil War to life through on-the-spot eyewitness accounts. From the courageous fighting men and officers to the civilians watching as the conflict raged through their towns, from the reporters riding with the regiments to the children excited or terrified by the titanic drama unfolding before them, each account stems from personal experience and blends with the whole to create a startlingly vivid tapestry of war. In their own words, and through the eyes of their closest aides, such commanders as Robert E. Lee, Jeb Stuart, and George Meade.

    George says: "Incredible"
    "So Well Read...A lesson to the Overly Dramatic"
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    Where does Witness to Gettysburg rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The content is unique to the Gettysburg books and well organized. Having read a dozen plus works on the battle, this one offers new texture, tone, and imagery...not easy to do.
    The voices are carefully crafted and weighted correctly to fit the witness.....very few stereotypic cliched voices here - refreshing given what others have done to works like The Killer Angels etc. clearly expands one's visions of Gettysburg.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    Varied, intelligently studied with an awareness of the usual traps in affecting Southern, female, and the anxious voices of combat. He has many interpretations and uses them very well.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Shaara
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1158)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (595)

    After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

    Gene says: "Almost a Perfect Audiobook"
    "Great book....but badly read"
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    Would you listen to The Killer Angels again? Why?

    I have read this book 4 times however this was the first audio experience. The power of this novel was completely undermined by a voice that tried to stretch its range, force stereotypic accents, and over dramatize the excitement and tension of battle. The voice carries no "experience" and generates an atmosphere that seems to be broadcast from an American suburban development- not a 19th century battlefield.
    Great book, bad theater.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Killer Angels?

    It is the best book in capturing the atmosphere of the unfolding drama of Gettysburg.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes. Completely. As described above


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It moved me to read it. Annoyed me to listen to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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