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)
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 .
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
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!
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!!
A very enjoyable look inside the minds of the commanders of the armies that fought at Gettysburg. Excellent narration.
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
This is a marvelous book that brings to life this momentous and tragic event in our nation's history. Anyone who has visited that battlefield will benefit from reading this book, and anyone reading it who has not been to see that hallowed ground will want to go there. The book gives fascinating insights into the lives and views of the key historic figures involved, and the short summary at the end of what happened to those people after the battle was of great interest to me.
My wife and I both have graduate degrees in science and medicine. Perhaps if we already knew the historical figures and geography we could have followed the speaker. But we could not remember from day to day which names were Union and which were Confederate warriors. The battle in which the Union army attacked from the south was especially confusing. We both tried several times, but we found that the book worked best for us as a sedative to induce sleep.
My previous audio download was “Lonesome Dove” , an audio experience so rewarding that it was difficult to contemplate another story while the echoes of the this narrative tour de force still resounded within my imagination. However, with a long journey coming up, and out of audio credits, I knew I would require something to fill the time. I desperately searched through the smallish audio section at my local library and came up with “Arthur and George” by Julian Barnes. Its always a difficult process entering a new story, especially after such an emotionally and intellectually complete experience like “Lonesome Dove”, yet slowly, inch by inch, “Arthur and George” seduced me and by its end I was in thrall to Julian Barnes and his incredible feat of imagining as he bought this obscure historical episode to life. By this stage my audio credits had come due, and in the mood for something epic I purchased “Killer Angels”. Michael Shaara, like Julian Barnes, has deeply immersed himself in an historical event and bravely entered the minds of the main characters imaging their thoughts, feelings and moods as one of the great dramas of the American story is played out. The result is as astonishing and real as a literary journey can be. Beyond the breathtaking descriptions of battle we examine the motivations of the men as they contemplate god, mortality, patriotism and the larger meaning of this war. How thoroughly Shaara has placed himself within the context of the time. At once absorbing and draining, this daring and emotionally textured story is a magnificent audio experience. It is only enhanced by the lyrical style of the narrator who brings the time and place to life and puts an authentic breath into the hearts of long gone players.
I know this one got rave reviews from most readers, but I couldn't even finish part 1. The reader sounded like he could fall asleep at any time and read so sloooow. It made me doze of from time to time, which really didn't matter. It was not entertaining.
I was really looking forward to listening to this book years after reading it.... However Mr Hoye's reading made it too painful to finish. His overacted, sentimental, sing song and breathy interpretation made it a chore at first and then impossible ...
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