In this missive, Ambrose Bierce recounts two days -April 6, and April 7, 1862 - perhaps the two most significant days of his life. He and over 100,000 other combatants have gathered about a small church near the town of Corinth, "a wretched place - the capital of a swamp, two days' march west of the Tennessee River". The church is Shiloh, and it will lend its name to the great battle that is to take place there.
Public Domain (P)2012 Audio Books by Mike Vendetti
red badge of courage
yes,when young soulder asks officer if he may kill a badly wounded man to relive his suffering.
narration is excelent
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Very interesting description of what its like to be in the thick of battle. In a word, horrific.
Interesting book, I recommend this to anyone who loves to be transported to a different era.
This book is written in the style of the times. As that is the case, it can be difficult for modern readers to follow. It has a cadence that is foreign and the descriptions are beautifully composed.
That said, Ambrose crafts a story that is more colorful than educational. I enjoyed hearing his very personal experiences told in his own way. However, it lacks real content.
John Michaels performance detracts from the experience. It sounds as though Duke Nukem is reading. Slow and breathy, designed to be what I don't know. I couldn't take that style for any book, but it seems more suited for a spy novel.
As a positive, he doesn't mispronounce words.
Michaels style also misses the rhythm that Ambrose created. He seems to be trying so hard to be intense that he forgets what hrs reading.
I've read this book in print and it takes on a much more real appearance on the page. 19th century writing, such as we have here, is all about local color, grand descriptions, personal impressions and inner emotion. I believe Ambrose was heavily influenced in his writing style by Edgar Allan Poe, but with less intensity.
This book needed a more folksy narration. The cadence should have flowed smoothly and the pacing faster. Instead I found myself struggling with the meaning of descriptions that should have been simple. Fortunately, I own the hard cover.
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