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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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    Vikon USA 01-17-11
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    "Unfortunate"

    The most interesting part of this audiobook is the first 5 minutes, in which the author's son tells the story of his father's quest to write and publish this book. Unfortunately, the narrator of the actual book made it a classic bore. After the first hour or two, I finally gave up. It just failed to capture my imagination the way an audiobook usually does. Too bad there are no used audiobook shops. I would trade this one in immediately.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Annie Schneider TULSA, OK, US 11-30-10
    Annie Schneider TULSA, OK, US 11-30-10 Member Since 2009
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    A very enjoyable look inside the minds of the commanders of the armies that fought at Gettysburg. Excellent narration.

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    Amazon Customer Sierra Vista, AZ 10-11-10
    Amazon Customer Sierra Vista, AZ 10-11-10 Member Since 2009
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    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

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    Paul Oak Ridge, TN, United States 09-20-10
    Paul Oak Ridge, TN, United States 09-20-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent book"

    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.

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    Jerry Starr 03-19-08
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    "Readng would be better"

    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.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew mORRINSVILLENew Zealand 10-06-07
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    "A magnificent audio experience."

    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.

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    mary j aboughadareh 05-21-08
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    "Didn't pass muster"

    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.

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    Richard los angeles, CA, USA 03-25-10
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    "Another great book misread"

    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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    "Best Civil War Novel"

    This is the best fictional account of the battle at Gettysburg I have read. It depicts the character of the officers of the Army of Virginia and the Army of the Potomac. The book delves into the personal trials, strengths and weaknesses of the officers that influenced the outcome of this key battle.

    The narration is outstanding. I suggest that anyone planning a visit the Gettysburg read this book.

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    David Arlington, VA, United States 11-02-06
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    "One of the Best Books I've ever read"

    If you have any interest in history or the Civil War you MUST listen to this book. It is the best book I have purchased on Audible so far. After reading this book I can't wait to go visit the Gettysburg battle field. The narration is terrific, and the characters are very well developed. After reading this book you feel as if you were at the battle yourself.

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