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The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War | [Michael Shaara]

The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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.

What the Critics Say

  • Pulitzer Prize winner, Fiction 1975

"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)

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    sparhawk6 SLC, UT 08-25-11
    sparhawk6 SLC, UT 08-25-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Doesn't live up to the hype"

    I could not get into this book. I did not connect with the commanders, and I did not feel much of what Shaara was trying to convey with the dialogue. I did like some of the battle descriptions, particularly those involving Chamberlain. But overall, I feel this book did not live up to the hype.

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    Dan WINDSOR, CALIFORNIA, United States 07-26-11
    Dan WINDSOR, CALIFORNIA, United States 07-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Book is great. Reader not so much."

    I really struggled to get to the end of this book. The reader is inconsistent with the voices he uses for different characters. He also spends a good portion of his reading in a wavering, far off, remorseful southern accent. It just gets irritating and slows down the pace of the book considerably. Plus reading Robert E. Lee with a sleepy Scarlet O'Hara voice should be some sort of crime. Great writing. Get a new narrator.

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    shane GRAND RAPIDS, MI, United States 07-10-11
    shane GRAND RAPIDS, MI, United States 07-10-11
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    "Killer Angles"

    The book is decent. Fells slow to begin with epically if you know the history of the civil war. The book is very detailed and enjoyable. The narrator takes a bit to get used to though.

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    James clearfield, UT, United States 06-09-11
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    "Best book I've listened to"

    I have listened to several books, this is the best I've heard. The articulation in the narrators voice, and the use of different voices for each character was amazing. I even shed a tear at one point. It really put a human touch on 150 yr old history. Loved it.

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    Don Beeville, TX, United States 05-28-11
    Don Beeville, TX, United States 05-28-11
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    "Put yourself in the boots of true heroes."

    Exceptional rendering of the men who valiantly served for both the union and the confederacy at Gettysburg. An interpersonal depiction of the character of certain individuals - high and low in rank - in their hopes, fears and gut-wrenching service in the face of death. I felt it was like being along side of each of them in battle. A Pulitzer prize winner that touched my heart and awakened my awareness of a time when men were defined by their the strength of their word and love of their countrymen .

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    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-27-11
    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-27-11 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".

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    "I loved it"

    I never imagined history could be not only educational but also exciting and enjoyable to absorb. Thank you Michael Shaara for making Civil War history come to life for me!

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    Lowell Wilson Cincinnati, OH United States 04-04-11
    Lowell Wilson Cincinnati, OH United States 04-04-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Absolutely Excellent!!"

    I have read the book, and know the history, but this rendition brings the story to life. The book is a classic, and the narrator is fantastic. This is a must listen!!

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    Vikon USA 01-17-11
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    The most interesting part of this audiobook is the first 5 minutes, in which the author's son tells the story of his father's quest to write and publish this book. Unfortunately, the narrator of the actual book made it a classic bore. After the first hour or two, I finally gave up. It just failed to capture my imagination the way an audiobook usually does. Too bad there are no used audiobook shops. I would trade this one in immediately.

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    Annie Schneider TULSA, OK, US 11-30-10
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    "Well Worth The Time and Credit"

    A very enjoyable look inside the minds of the commanders of the armies that fought at Gettysburg. Excellent narration.

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    Bruce J. Wertz Sierra Vista, AZ 10-11-10
    Bruce J. Wertz Sierra Vista, AZ 10-11-10 Member Since 2009
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    ILiked it so much I lessened to it more than once. It was so descriptive. It seemed that you could get right inside the characters

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