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Pamkf

Pam

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  • They Called Him Stonewall: A Life of Lieutenant General T. J. Jackson, C.S.A.

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Burke Davis
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (48)

    Stonewall Jackson was a military genius, at once peculiar and perfect, a fearless soldier in battle but a God-fearing man who hesitated to kill on Sunday. He broke the rules of war to win, and yet his tactics are studied in military academies the world over. Burke Davis brings the color, vivid characterization, and immediacy of the best fiction to this fascinating biography.

    Pamkf says: "A Great General"
    "A Great General"
    Overall

    This was an excellent audiobook. I learned many new details about Jackson's life, which I never knew before. The story was riveting and I also really enjoyed learning much more about Jackson's life as a young man, and about his marriages and family. This was a completely new side to him from my perspective. I also thought that the narrator did a very nice job with the reading. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in biographies, military history or the American Civil War.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Fox: Robert E. Lee and the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Burke Davis
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Robert E. Lee, a Christian and a gentleman, was the most remarkable man to emerge from the Civil War and is one of the greatest tragic figures of American history. Reserved and unflappable, savvy and fearless, shrewd and tenacious, fatherly and kind are but a few of the adjectives commonly used to describe this noble hero.

    Charles says: "Unsatisfied."
    "Riveting"
    Overall

    This is a terrific book. The level of detail about Lee is amazing. It is not a dry historical read, but the narrative actually comes alive and we learn much about Lee the man. It's a must read for Civil War buffs. I especially enjoyed the part of the book focusing on Appomattox. The author wrote it in a way that the reader feels that she is in the room watching as the events unfold. Great narration as well. Highly recommend it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James L. Swanson
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (995)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (331)

    The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history, the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild 12-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.

    Elizabeth says: "Fascinating!"
    "Fast Paced"
    Overall

    This was a great audiobook. I was riveted by the story of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and by the military's hunt for the band of assasins. John Wilkes Booth was an unbelieveable narcissist, and it is amazing to listen to the description of this unstable man, and how he brought down such a great president. The author provides lots of historical details and does a great job of setting up the various scenes. The listener almost can see a picture of what the narrator is describing in the mind's eye. The story of Lincoln's assassin reads like fiction, and it is amazing that it is all true. Sometimes life is stranger than fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Hampton Sides
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (155)

    In the fall of 1846, the venerable Navajo warrior Narbona, greatest of his people's chieftains, looked down upon the small town of Santa Fe, the stronghold of the Mexican settlers he had been fighting his whole long life. He had come to see if the rumors were true, if an army of blue-suited soldiers had swept in from the East and utterly defeated his ancestral enemies.

    russell says: "Unforgettable"
    "The West"
    Overall

    This is a terrific audiobook. The narrator held my interest the entire time, and I liked his voice, which fit in very well with this tale of the West. I also enjoyed learning many details about the life of Kit Carson, and how men like Carson and Fremont lived on the frontier. The battle scenes were excellently described, and it was a very exciting listen. I would highly recommend it to those who like history books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin Franklin: The Original American [Portable Professor]

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By H.W. Brands
    • Narrated By H.W. Brands
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    As the individual perhaps most widely respected by the generation that founded the United States, Benjamin Franklin can fairly be described as the "Founding Godfather" of America. A gifted writer, businessman, diplomat, political mover, scientist, and inventor (not to mention a famous wit and incorrigible womanizer), Franklin towers among historical figures, but his warm humanism and intelligence cast his amazing life into undeniably human relief.

    Marc says: "Great Course taken in my car!"
    "Knowing Ben"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this lecture on the life of Ben Franklin. The professor shared very interesting facts about Mr. Franklin and the narrative moved fast. The lecture also provided insights into the times that Ben Franklin lived in, and his contribution to our American revolution. I was saddened to hear that he refused to reconcile with his son after the conclusion of the Revolutionary War. I would have thought better of such a great man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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