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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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    Rune Esbjerg, Denmark 03-04-13
    Rune Esbjerg, Denmark 03-04-13 Member Since 2006

    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.

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    "Book that teaches history, at its best"

    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.

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    TravisD 02-28-13
    TravisD 02-28-13 Member Since 2007

    Travis

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    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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    Amazon Customer 02-22-13 Member Since 2015
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    "The Civil War in the eyes of the solider!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really love General Longstreet, this book shows his struggles of knowing what is going to happen during the battle and yet still having to follow orders from his superior officer, Robert E Lee!


    If you could take any character from The Killer Angels out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Col. Joshua Chamberlain, he seems like a normal man thrust into a military role, that he was very good at because he was a smart man and could adapt to whatever the situation was on the battlefield!


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    Scott Supply, NC, United States 01-31-13
    Scott Supply, NC, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Such a waste of lives"
    What did you love best about The Killer Angels?

    The book drew me unto the battle field


    What did you like best about this story?

    The personalities of the characters


    What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

    Very well done better than most


    Who was the most memorable character of The Killer Angels and why?

    Chamberlin. He was not a polished officer.


    Any additional comments?

    I can read the book in about 1/2 the time but when i listen I am drawn more deeply into the whole story.

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    Elizabeth Blue Springs, MO, United States 01-26-13
    Elizabeth Blue Springs, MO, United States 01-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "An American Literary Classic"

    Wikipedia says of this book: "The Killer Angels (1974) is a historical novel by Michael Shaara that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1975. The book tells the story of the three days of the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War: June 30, 1863, as the troops of both the Union and the Confederacy move into battle around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and July 1, July 2, and July 3, when the battle was fought. The story is character driven and told from the perspective of various protagonists. "

    My take is this ...

    Shaara's novel is a masterpiece American of literature. His prose is absolutely beautiful and he breathes body and soul into long forgotten heroes of the Civil War, both Union and Confederate. This book cannot be read and forgotten. It becomes part of your own living memory, as the War Between the States is part of our collective American memory.

    What can I say about Stephen Hoye's performance here? He hits the perfect tone throughout. Like a singer with Perfect Pitch, Hoye matches note-to-note the personhood of the characters and the intent of the author. This is tragic tale of brother-against-brother, and the pathos in Hoye's narrative is heart-wrenching.

    This will become a well-loved companion that one returns to again and again.

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    Kelly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 01-22-13
    Kelly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 01-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Fascinating book about the Civil War"
    Would you listen to The Killer Angels again? Why?

    I have never been much into the Civil War, but someone told me to give this one a shot and I'm glad I did! The story is constantly moving and you don't have to memorize all the players to keep up. The narrator does a really fantastic job bringing this book to life and you find yourself wanting to keep listening. Although it's historical fiction, you really learn a lot about what took place with the battle of Gettysburg.


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    "Read it, now listened to it."
    What made the experience of listening to The Killer Angels the most enjoyable?

    Great story, fabulous narration - so very well read as Stephen Hoye depicts the people and battle.


    Any additional comments?

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    Bj 11-15-12
    Bj 11-15-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A GREAT BOOK"
    Would you listen to The Killer Angels again? Why?

    I loved this book from the get go...the narrator did a great job....very engaging. Thru the narrators reading skills it was so easy to identify with the characters....and understand the morbid consequences of such a sad time in our history.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that the human/emotional/moral side of the soldiers fighting the war was communicated so much thru out the book. The author captured that so well in his book and the narrator did an excellent job of getting that across.


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

    They all were excellent...a very small minor thing- but, I did at certain times, later in the book, feel that the southern drawl of Lee was almost too much...too pronounced/drawn out....but that is just my perception...Stephen Hoye did a great job overall with all of the characters.


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    margo j. mccormick ALBUQUERQUE, NM, US 11-05-12
    margo j. mccormick ALBUQUERQUE, NM, US 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "An all-time favorite book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Killer Angels the most enjoyable?

    This has always been a favorite book of mine. I have probably read it 5 or 6 times. I always come across a passage that I didn't absorb before. The story is compelling, and the characters truly come alive, and all are likable, honorable, seen through the prisms of their time, and generally even ours. It is a pleasure now to be able to hear it read to me.


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    Janice P. Fonthill, Ontario Canada 11-05-12
    Janice P. Fonthill, Ontario Canada 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "WONDERFUL!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this book to a friend!
    It was such a well researched and written book that
    was flawlessly narrated with passion and complete understanding
    of the story.


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

    All of the characters were so well done it is almost impossible to choose a
    favorite, but if forced to make a choice it would have
    to be Armistead. When he speaks to Longstreet the night
    before Pickett's Charge about his feelings and friendship with
    Hancock it is so very moving and heartfelt.


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

    Simply, "Gettysburg".


    Any additional comments?

    Don't hesitate to purchase this book. It is one of
    those rare stories that you just don't want to end.

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