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Gettysburg | [Stephen Sears]

Gettysburg

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.
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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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    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...

    3 of 3 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Nahalal, Israel 01-04-12
    Jonathan Nahalal, Israel 01-04-12 Member Since 2007
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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


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    Edward Duanesburg, NY, United States 12-24-11
    Edward Duanesburg, NY, United States 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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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