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)
I could envision each character and the challenges they were faced with. Amazing personal look at a battle I knew very little about.
Of the many books about the American Civil War, Killer Angels is clearly one of the best. Michael Shaara has written an epic, sweeping novel about the battle of Gettysburg. Make no mistake, this is a work of fiction, based on fact, where all the major characters were real people and here they come to life. Sahara delves into their personalities, thoughts, conversations, decisions, and doubts about the coming battle. He does a magnificent job on the interactions between all the major players and how it leads up to the tragic decisions that were made. You don't have to be a history buff to enjoy this book. An absolute must read.
I didn't know who Stephen Hoye was, but his reading was excellent. I rate him as one of the better narrators at Audible. I'm now looking for more books that he narrates.
Loved it! Hoye does an awesome job, and has a great range of voices for the characters, and is epic when the battles are raging. I wanted him to keep going through the rest of the war, not just the book!
Not only a well written novel, but the voice acting makes it come alive in a way that exceeded my expectation. If you're interested in the material, do yourself a service and get this audiobook.
I have listened to many books written on the Civil War, this is truly my favorite! Though fiction, it reads the human spirit of conflict like a diary. Would give it more stars if I could!
I tried and tried to get into this book but found it to be too slow for my liking. I'm interested in history, and the civil war, but the book drags without a clear plot. I gave up after about half the book.
Too slow for my taste and no clear plot or story.
The author draws the reader into the story and the setting. I swear I could see the men, their exhaustion, and their worries. That's the kind of book I like: one that makes me feel I've lived the story.
"really enjoyed the book and performance"
Great novel but hard to follow who is on whose side at times. The performance and story is very interesting and well told.
"A legend of American Civil War"
If you have any interest in the American Civil War do not miss this book. Michael Shaara & Stephen Hoye make you almost feel as if you where there.
"Historical fiction at its absolute best"
I read this book a while ago, twice in fact so I was very familiar with the story. It was really great fun to listen to the Killer Angels, the narrator is superb, in particular when portraying the southern officers, what a compelling, moving and amazing story, that is also true. Amazing.
"civil war history"
It ranks with the best, a great historical novel
the details, the research that has gone into it.
he adds the narrative to the history and characters
its long but has you listening and contains some amazing facts
one of the best civil war books I have ever heard
"Great historical fiction"
This is the one of the best novels I have read about war. The book won the Pulitzer in the 1970's but the subject matter was unfashionable then and it went rather unnoticed, but over time it's popularity has increased. It's a gripping account of the battle of Gettysburg. Seen mostly from the view of the Confederate generals, it brings out the agonies of command as they know they are fighting a lost cause. The whole course of the battle is described and the fighting is vividly told. High class fiction and a must for anyone interested in the American Civil war.
I often wondered what was in the minds of those at Gettysburg, what ever it was it came from the heart. I am a Scot ,caught up in another countries history,but courage spans generations and nations. They went forward even though they were afraid, Shaara takes you along with them. You are with Gen.Buford on day one trying to stop the grey tide, cavalry fighting as infantry and making it work. You see in the book the mistakes that were made and the things left undone like not seizing 'Little Round Top' by the Confederates early on. You are on the flank of the Union Army with Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine. It is a book about ordinary men having history thrust upon them.
Having walked Pickets Charge and seeing the gaping cannon mouths,Shaara's description has you in tears for the sacrifice of life. The dawning on Lee that his army could not do miracles and Longstreet's realization that they should be out of there to better ground. Shaara has the passage of the advance and death of General Armistead so moving. These were heroes in one way and ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances....that government of the people,by the people for the people shall not perish from the earth.
With a talking book I normally do something else while listening,with this all I could do was listen, the word pictures forming in the mind from what was being read were vivid enough to keep you riveted.A superb book
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