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The Killer Angels Audiobook

The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War [Audiobook]

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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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    Sherry Y. Artemenko Southport, CT 10-16-15
    Sherry Y. Artemenko Southport, CT 10-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not a Novel, but a play!"

    This amazing book was more fabulously acted out, than just excellently read. Why I am a fan of AUDIBLE!

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    Myra Martin 10-13-15
    Myra Martin 10-13-15
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    "Outstanding book and narrator"

    The narrator's performance enhanced the book. I might need to listen to it again to really follow the names and sequence of events. I looked forward to listening to this every chance I had.

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    Alexis C. Martinez 10-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Boring"
    What disappointed you about The Killer Angels?

    Too slow. It's sits in one persons head too long about stuff they're pondering. Not enough action for me. I thought this was about the guys in the civil war not what they're thinking at every small scene.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Shaara’s story?

    I lost interest half way through. Not much of a story when they keep going into peoples thoughts.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen Hoye’s performances?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Some parts were funny.


    Any additional comments?

    Not really a war book. More of the authors guess of what might have went through these guys heads.

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    Amazon Customer TIGARD, OR, United States 09-30-15
    Amazon Customer TIGARD, OR, United States 09-30-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Five stars all the way"

    Great story. and great performance; perhaps the best Civil war I've read. I highly recommend it.

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    James heartwell, NE, United States 09-30-15
    James heartwell, NE, United States 09-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "fantastic"

    I may have to listen to it again. i never listen to books twice. so you see it was that good.

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    R. E. Murphy 08-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Stormy"

    A must read for anyone interested in our country.
    Should be a required read in high school.

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    Rodrigo Spinelli Roswell, GA 08-20-15
    Rodrigo Spinelli Roswell, GA 08-20-15

    thanks audible for making my commute not only tolerable but borderline enjoyable! ;)

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    "Superb voice acting"
    What would have made The Killer Angels better?

    I can't quite put my finger on what would have made it better. I think the story (even though real and profound) just didn't captivated me enough to keep me interested. Granted, I am a foreigner in the glorious USA and have not studied the civil war back in school. So I guess that in a certain way it is my own fault that I didn't have sufficient context/color/backdrop to properly fill in the gaps that this book is not intended to do. So, if that's your case as well, you're probably better off getting some other book on the war first to have a firm understanding of the events and then step into this book that has a very unique perspective.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was mostly disappointed in not being able to separate who was who. There are many names mentioned all the time and it was difficult to keep tabs on each one.


    Any additional comments?

    Make sure you have a good understanding of the civil was and its main events/main people involved. This might enable you to better appreciate this book. Maybe one day I'll read a different book on the war and revisit this one. I confess I am not feeling very compelled to do so at the moment.

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    t w 08-11-15
    t w 08-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "This book put you on the battlefield! "

    This book does justice to both sides of the conflict putting you within ear shot of pivotal characters in the middle of the action.

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    Walt Worley 08-03-15
    Walt Worley 08-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the most enjoyable audio books I have experienced."

    Really enjoyed this book. Felt like you were there it was so descriptive. The voices and accents brought the characters to life.

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    ROBERT R FLORES Austin, TX USA 07-31-15
    ROBERT R FLORES Austin, TX USA 07-31-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent book and performance"
    Would you listen to The Killer Angels again? Why?

    Possibly to understand every detail of the historic battle


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

    Pickett telling Lee " General Lee, I have no division"


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

    Joshua Chamberlain


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