July 1863. The Confederate Army of Northern Virginia is invading the North. General Robert E. Lee has made this daring and massive move with 70,000 men in a determined effort to draw out the Union Army of the Potomac and mortally wound it. His right hand is General James Longstreet, a brooding man who is loyal to Lee but stubbornly argues against his plan. Opposing them is an unknown factor: General George Meade, who has taken command of the Army only two days before what will be perhaps the crucial battle of the Civil War.
In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation's history, two armies fight for two conflicting dreams. One dreams of freedom, the other of a way of life. More than rifles and bullets are carried into battle. The soldiers carry memories. Promises. Love. And more than men fall on those Pennsylvania fields. Bright futures, untested innocence, and pristine beauty are also the casualties of war.
The Killer Angels is unique, sweeping, unforgettable, a dramatic re-creation of the battleground for America's destiny.
©1974 Michael Shaara, copyright renewed 2002 Jeffrey M. Shaara & Lila E. Shaara; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"Shaara carries [the reader] swiftly and dramatically to a climax as exciting as if it were being heard for the first time." (The Seattle Times)
"The best and most realistic historical novel about war I have ever read." (General H. Norman Schwarzkopf)
Loved it! Hoye does an awesome job, and has a great range of voices for the characters, and is epic when the battles are raging. I wanted him to keep going through the rest of the war, not just the book!
Not only a well written novel, but the voice acting makes it come alive in a way that exceeded my expectation. If you're interested in the material, do yourself a service and get this audiobook.
I have listened to many books written on the Civil War, this is truly my favorite! Though fiction, it reads the human spirit of conflict like a diary. Would give it more stars if I could!
I tried and tried to get into this book but found it to be too slow for my liking. I'm interested in history, and the civil war, but the book drags without a clear plot. I gave up after about half the book.
Too slow for my taste and no clear plot or story.
The author draws the reader into the story and the setting. I swear I could see the men, their exhaustion, and their worries. That's the kind of book I like: one that makes me feel I've lived the story.
I am an avid reader and listener of books, both fiction non-fiction. This historical fiction novel of the battle of Gettysburg was so realistic and so moving that I felt transported to the field of battle as an observer. The author superbly expresses the many different views of both the north and the south regarding their individual motivation to be involved in the war. I did not want this book to end!
This is an excellent read and a great way to get engaged into history. My only regret, through no fault of both the author and the performance… I wish there was a synopsis that delineated between the fact and the fiction in this account of the battle of Gettysburg
I love to sew and read. Now I can do both at the same time!
I read The Killer Angels years ago and was so glad to find it on Audible. I've wanted to read it again, but never found the time. Now, I thought, I could listen on my daily commute.
Imagine my shock and horror after listening for 30 minutes to discover that the narrator must have believed himself to be reading a Shakespearean play. HIs voice is so overly dramatic that it is totally distracting. I'm going to keep with it. I can only hope that he'll get tired of overacting the part and his voice will settle down to a sensible rhythm.
The subject matter is dramatic enough. Mr Shaara did such a fabulous job writing this book. I just wish Audible had done a better job of choosing a narrator.
I live in Northern Virginia and listen to audio books every day during my commute and during walks.
This is not just a book about war but a book about humanity. Shaara transcends the story of the Battle of Gettysburg to talk about his vision of how warriors feel about battle and why they fight. A deep discussion of slavery as well. I listened to the book twice back-to-back.
Fix bayonets on the second day of the battle.
He is a bid dramatic but his drama was a perfect fit for this book. I wouldn't like his narration on a lighter book.
I am not someone who reads much on the civil war but this was one of the best books that I have read in some time. A true American classic!
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