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
I favor history, non-fiction, lectures, and the occasional purely fictitious work. I also listen to many children's books with my family.
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.
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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.
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.
The readers casual style made combined with Mr. Sears style of prose made for an enjoyable listening experience.
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.
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
I enjoyed the historical accuracy of the read.
I have listened to several other books read by Ed Sala and enjoy all of them. This one is good also.
See the actual events as they happened during the Gettysburg battle!
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.
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...
Would probably rate right up there. I do not like the narrator's rather young voice. Incongruous with material.
Foote's books, which are more factual, less dramatic.
I did not notice much characterization.
Closely parallels the movie, which I have seen and which is also why I returned this book. I had not realized the identical content.
I would recommend this audio. I suspect it is very good.
This was a good overview of the battle, but I felt like it could have been better with more personal experiences. There are of bunch of individual views mentioned, but they generally lack impact.
at times it was really hard to keep track of all the names of the generals and various units involved. having watched the movie Gettysburg I had some idea about how the battle went but from a distinctly union side(20th maine). I liked how this book went into the thoughts over both sides. I really wish it had ended with the Gettysburg address by Lincoln. it would have fit well.
I am not a military reader nor do I hope to be. Yet the intensive research and incredible presentation that is displayed in this book makes it well worth becoming a classroom text.
It's only lack is illustration.
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