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)
Human interest history.
The character development made the actions come alive as you realized these men were just that, real men.
The characters as seen through dialect
The story behind the history
This is by far the best book that I have listened to from Audible. The performance is spot on and perhaps even adds to the overall experience. I felt that the characters really came alive through Stephen Hoye's performance.
The story was really compelling and I found myself torn between wanting to listen and not wanting it to end. (Amazing when you consider that I knew how the novel would turn out)
The Novel is solid all the way through. I just loved the way that Michael Shaara discribed Joshua Chamberlain's defense of Little Round Top during the 2nd day of the battle of Gettysburg. He instantly became a man I wanted to know more about.
I doubt that if I had just read the book myself that I would have enjoyed the novel more. He must have done much preperation for this reading because his performance was masterful. I will seek out other books by this narrator.
The Battle of Gettysburg
This is a story everyone knows. Yet the author was able to get me to seen in a new way - to put me in the middle of the battle. I was able to understand the thoughts and feelings of the combatants as if I was there. This is an amazing book.
It was great background information for our visit. It had a few historical differences from what we learned at the National Park. Overall it was great.
The story is very well written and gives spectacular insight into one of the darkest periods in this nations history. It is thought provoking and gives great insight into the human condition and the motivations of those involved in the battle.
John Buford embodies the spirit of a pragmatic and intelligent soldier, dedicated to his cause, but disgusted by the politics and backbiting going on around him. He is a realist who does what he can to protect his men and his mission.
Home did an excellent job portraying Longstreet and his struggles. His narration evoked sympathy for a man who knew he was fighting a losing battle and that what was being done was wrong, but carrying out orders anyway.
I wouldn't rename it. I think the title embodies the tone and meaning of the novel.
Added Audible to my 2 hour commute, consuming books at rapid pace, and rating books based on keeping me engaged and making time fly!
With the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg last month, and my relatively close proximity to the battlegrounds, I was interested in knowing more about that battle in particular, but the Civil War in general. Having recently read more novelized versions of historical events, I went in search of fiction rather than textbook. The Killer Angels delivered, preserving fact and context, but presenting it in a story-like way that made the events feel much more personal, as it should. Narration was very adept, especially given the various perspectives that are presented in this book.
I really appreciated how the author filled in the gaps in dialog and story. I felt right and presented the narrative from a neither Southern or Northern Point of view, but rather a human one. In the end you coming out of the book feeling the weight of human drama.
The whole book was very well done, but I am always taken in by a good introduction. This one was especially colorful to me as you begin to picture for yourself the scenery and the charterers.
They are all very well done. I have no idea how a narrator can keep consistency with so many varied charaters
It was all very well done, but as in the movie version the gallant charge by union forces from Maine is very moving.
I am a from Denmark and my interests are wide spread. Scary stories, Crime stories, Sci-fi, and more, you name it. One of my greater interests is historical fiction, and my favorite author are Jeff Shaara.
This book opened my eyes to the world of historical fiction. It is a splendid work. The authors engagement in this book is clearly seen. It tells the story of Gettysburg in an exiting way, by telling through the voices of generals on both rides. You get a sence of their personality, their doubts, fears and determination. It is easey to see the battle in front of you, raging on the field. Only problem, it is to short. Sadly this audiobook does not show the maps the books contain, so I bought the book as well. A good buy if you like history.
Such an amazing story that is so well-written and incredibly well-performed. It was a crucible. Cornelius Ryan's, The Longest Day, is similar, but not as much of a feat since the vets were around for Ryan to talk with. Buy, Listen, Learn, Enjoy.
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