The abridgment (like most I find) cuts out all but the central plot line removing all the detial and nuance that make this book like The Da Vinci Code thrilling and interesting.
Hold out and maybe they will give us an unabridged version.
This is just one of my favorite listens to date. I have read many novels set during the Civil War and this taunt and evocative novel is one of the best of its kind. The Battle of Franklin, though little has been written about it, was one of the bloodiest of the war. Imagine five Confederate generals lined up dead on the porch of a house after the battle, and the owner of this house, Carrie McGavock's story is the subject of the book. Aside from her story during and after the battle there is a wealth of minor characters that bring the period to life. In short this is so much more than an novel for Civil War enthusiasts, but like "Cold Mountain" (though in many ways much better) a book for everyone.
The book is narrated by muliple characters and this recording uses different readers for each separate character. I am pretty picky when it comes to narrators, and all to a wonderful job. You can't go wrong here. My only recommendation is that you get the Unabridged version, because it is more of a great thing.
Don't waste you time on the abridgement of this excellent book. Hold out for an Unabridged or just put this on your reading list.
The beauty of this book is in the detail like "Club Dumas" or "DaVinci Code," and that's lost in this abridgment.
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