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)
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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.
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.
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.
Really enjoyed this book. Felt like you were there it was so descriptive. The voices and accents brought the characters to life.
Possibly to understand every detail of the historic battle
Pickett telling Lee " General Lee, I have no division"
This heartbreaking work is on my long list of essential reading for Americans who want to understand how the Civil War affects American life and politics to this day. That's a heavy burden, and I don't put it on a single work of history or of fiction. But fiction, even if historical fiction, can convey a depth of emotion that is buried in verbiage by histories.
I can't say the narration was top tier, but I appreciated the voice of Robert E. Lee. I am NOT a southerner, but they were among my forebears, and they left indelible marks on me. I am NOT a Yankee, either, but they were also among my forebears, and they, too, left their marks. The battles kept me awake. I cried when I needed to. One officer's exultation from being in battle is not new to me. I have contemporaries who fought in VietNam who described the same response. All in all, The Killer Angels has the ring of truth.
Not the only truth, but one version of it. And I recommend it highly.
I am sure I will listen to The Killer Angels again and again. It was fantastic.
The Killer Angels is a book that never gets old. The excellent historical accuracy matched with the perspective of the participants is wonderful.
Mr. Hoye's voice lends itself to all the voices and accents. The Maine accents, the Irish brogue, the various Southern dialects are all believable. He conveys emotion and mood very well.
I would have listened in one sitting if I could have.
Excellent audio book. I highly recommend The Killer Angels. I will be looking for another book narrated by Mr. Hoye.
In this novel. The Gettysburg disaster is felt in the real dialogue. Gettysburg is the hardest battle for me to understand, as the southern troops lost so many, I questioned why the war continued. Shaara's novel is a classic that will keep Americans mindful of what a civil war is.
I could envision each character and the challenges they were faced with. Amazing personal look at a battle I knew very little about.
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