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Gettysburg Audiobook
Gettysburg
Written by: 
Stephen Sears
Narrated by: 
Ed Sala
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Gettysburg Audiobook

Gettysburg

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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author and acclaimed Civil War expert Stephen W. Sears, hailed by The New York Times Book Review as “arguably the preeminent living historian of the war’s eastern theater,” crafts what will stand the test of time as the definitive history of the greatest battle ever fought on American soil. Drawing on years of research, Sears focuses on the big picture, capturing the entire essence of the momentous three day struggle while offering fresh insights that will surprise even the best versed Civil War buffs.

©2003 Stephen W. Sears (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

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    W. Morgan Tennesse 09-24-13
    W. Morgan Tennesse 09-24-13 Member Since 2005

    I favor history, non-fiction, lectures, and the occasional purely fictitious work. I also listen to many children's books with my family.

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    "I loved this detailed account of the battle"

    I've seen some complaints about the author's perspective or personal feelings about various leaders in the battle and campaign, but find them basically uninteresting. This was a superb and detailed account of the battle and it's consequences and aftermath. It's astonishing how many mistakes, miscues and missed opportunities there were in this battle - inlcuding the somewhat accidental initiation of general battle at a site not to Lee's liking.

    Keeping it brief - I give it 4 stars as a book I would listen to again, but may not find the time for. It did keep me listening and I did not want to turn the book off - but it didn't drive me mad with the desire to continue the way some books do. I don't fault the book for this - it's tougher to pull off that kind of engagement with historical non-fiction (even though I love the genre).

    Highly recommended - especially for those with interest in the battle and it's main leaders or those with a general notion of the battle looking for details.

    Thanks - hope this review helps!
    Will

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Don United States 10-29-12
    Don United States 10-29-12

    Don

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    "Well read and presented"
    Where does Gettysburg rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This one is on par with what I have listened to so far. The reader added just the right amount of character to the reading.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there were more Civil War related Audible books. I enjoy them very much and they pass the time while driving back and forth to work.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    oboy 12-24-11
    oboy 12-24-11 Member Since 2007
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    "One of the best books I've read on Gettysburg"
    What made the experience of listening to Gettysburg the most enjoyable?

    The readers casual style made combined with Mr. Sears style of prose made for an enjoyable listening experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The battle of Gettysburg was the greatest battle ever fought in the Western Hemisphere., and one of the most studied. The author puts together regimental histories peronal memoirs and other historical data and turns it into a beautifully written narrative which even a novice student of the american civil war will enjoy. The book encompasses the entire gettysburg campaign and is a must read for anyone who wants more than a rudimentary history of the civil war.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    John REDWOOD CITY, CA, United States 10-21-11
    John REDWOOD CITY, CA, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "a couple of grating mispronunciations"

    Great treatment of the battle with lots of detail, the book itself is fantastic. However, the narrator constantly mispronounces the last names of Harry Heth and Carl Shurz, (as "heth" and "shurz", rather than the correct "heath" and "shirts"). This doesn't detract from the work of the original author, but it is grating when heard over and over again...

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Nahalal, Israel 01-04-12
    Jonathan Nahalal, Israel 01-04-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent book"
    What made the experience of listening to Gettysburg the most enjoyable?

    very good description on the battle, from both human and military aspects
    i have listen to it five or six years ago, and remember it as very interesting book, that i should listen to again, when i have deeper understanding of the civil war


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Sidell Mesa, AZ 08-13-12
    Sarah Sidell Mesa, AZ 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Gettysburg."
    What did you love best about Gettysburg?

    I enjoyed the historical accuracy of the read.


    Have you listened to any of Ed Sala’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to several other books read by Ed Sala and enjoy all of them. This one is good also.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    See the actual events as they happened during the Gettysburg battle!


    Any additional comments?

    The only negative thing is that it is a little difficult at times to keep track of all the facts about North and South and all the names of the generals involved. It is a lot to keep track of mentally.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    JudieBee 07-26-16
    JudieBee 07-26-16
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    "blow by blow of the battle"
    Would you listen to Gettysburg again? Why?

    Yes -- because I'm a new Civil War buff.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical details. I wonder how Mr. Sears finds out all this stuff...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No favorite.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want a blow-by-blow account of the three days of Gettysburg, this is the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    STEPHEN 07-23-16
    STEPHEN 07-23-16
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    "Moment by moment narrative"
    What did you like best about Gettysburg? What did you like least?

    Descriptions of events in great detail as though we were there.
    Some personal details excessive


    Would you recommend Gettysburg to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you really want to know it as though you were there


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ed Sala?

    Yes


    Do you think Gettysburg needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne 07-18-16
    Dianne 07-18-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Best book on Gettysburg I have listened to."

    I have been to Gettysburg twice with tours, and read or listened to several books. I really felt like I got the most from this book. I want to order the book itself in hopes of seeing maps. Only disappointment was the lack of Grant's reabouts during this time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Lee's Underestimation of Meade Loses Him The War."

    There is much in Gettysburg that I didn't know and many things that have been reported by later historians then passed on by even later historians .....that are either untrue or half truths that do not portray the whole picture.One thing I didn't know was that General Meade had only been made Head of the army of the Potomac 4 or 5 days before he was forced to confront Lee at Gettysburg.Another was that Meade was an excellent General whose organizational skills ,determination and ability to put the right man where needed are directly responsible for the Gettysburg Victory.This is why Meade was selected and kept on by Grant[another good judge of Military ability] as his right hand man.
    One Great "Half Truth" was that Meade did not pursue Lee's army after the battle of Gettysburg.....He did.....Lincoln felt that the war could have been essentially ended right there had he done so.Possibly,but it might not have been a good gamble.Sears points out that Lincoln wasn't there,the union army was almost as exhausted as the confederate army who ,having retreated,were entrenched behind formidable fortifications that would have required a Union attack with potentially similar results as Picket"s Charge.
    Gettysburg is well documented and detailed with many tidbits and insights I didn't know or had forgotten.It is a rich trove of unbiased reporting and lost opportunities on both sides that brings you through one of the most important events in our nations history.
    It is one of those books that I will listen to many times.
    This is not a Jeff Shaara novel[which I thorougly enjoyed ].
    Sears' Gettysburg is what happened in detail giving credit where due and taking away some which may have received more emphasis historically than others that were equally deserving.
    If you don't want to hear everything, skip to the battle scene, but you will be missing a lot.
    If you like real history full of bravery,courage and sacrifice that makes you proud to be an American [North or South].............Gettysburg by Sears is for you.
    If you want the abbreviated short version listen to The Killer Angels.
    Better yet,listen to both.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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