We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
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.
Regular Price:$27.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (1776 )
5 star
 (1114)
4 star
 (435)
3 star
 (148)
2 star
 (51)
1 star
 (28)
Overall
4.6 (1150 )
5 star
 (797)
4 star
 (237)
3 star
 (85)
2 star
 (20)
1 star
 (11)
Story
4.5 (1135 )
5 star
 (710)
4 star
 (313)
3 star
 (74)
2 star
 (19)
1 star
 (19)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Duff United States 01-19-14
    Duff United States 01-19-14 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Best war book I have ever read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    amazing !!!! M Shaara made you feel like you were in the thick of the battle. clearly it is better to read this book. however i just love hearing it also.


    What other book might you compare The Killer Angels to and why?

    none


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    George Boras ASHBURN, VA, US 12-05-13
    George Boras ASHBURN, VA, US 12-05-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Narration ruins this book!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No! The narrator, Stephen Hoye is awful! Read the book or find an audio book read by someone else.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Replace the narrator. His reading was droll. His voice depictions of southern generals sounded nothing like I've ever heard in the south in my 48 years.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    J. Stafford FL 11-28-13
    J. Stafford FL 11-28-13

    safe in FL

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    27
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great historical insights"
    If you could sum up The Killer Angels in three words, what would they be?

    Human interest history.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development made the actions come alive as you realized these men were just that, real men.


    What does Stephen Hoye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The characters as seen through dialect


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The story behind the history


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Roger 11-25-13
    Roger 11-25-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    42
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Outstanding Book on the Battle of Gettysburg"
    Where does The Killer Angels rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Killer Angels?

    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.


    What does Stephen Hoye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you could rename The Killer Angels, what would you call it?

    The Battle of Gettysburg


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    CmH - HB, CA 11-09-13 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    50
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    128
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Maybe the best I've ever heard."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ed Peoria, IL, United States 10-13-13
    Ed Peoria, IL, United States 10-13-13 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Listened to it on the way to Gettysburg."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    AngelGirlrn 10-01-13
    AngelGirlrn 10-01-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Both Enjoyable and Thought Provoking"
    What did you love best about The Killer Angels?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Hoye – was your favorite?

    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.


    If you could rename The Killer Angels, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it. I think the title embodies the tone and meaning of the novel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    cdesq8 Oil City, PA 08-06-13
    cdesq8 Oil City, PA 08-06-13 Member Since 2015

    Added Audible to my 2 hour commute, consuming books at rapid pace, and rating books based on keeping me engaged and making time fly!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    17
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    6
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent for a taste of Civil War history"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Donn W. McGinnis DENVER, NC, US 03-11-13
    Donn W. McGinnis DENVER, NC, US 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Exellent"

    I read this book years ago, but the story never gets old. Enjoyed listening to the book this time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    03-10-13
    03-10-13 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    55
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wonderful History"
    What did you love best about The Killer Angels?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Killer Angels?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Hoye – was your favorite?

    They are all very well done. I have no idea how a narrator can keep consistency with so many varied charaters


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It was all very well done, but as in the movie version the gallant charge by union forces from Maine is very moving.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.