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The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume II, Fredericksburg to Meridian Audiobook
The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume II, Fredericksburg to Meridian
Written by: 
Shelby Foote
Narrated by: 
Grover Gardner, Ken Burns
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The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume II, Fredericksburg to Meridian Audiobook

The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume II, Fredericksburg to Meridian

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This volume is dominated by the almost continual confrontation of great armies. For the fourth time, the Army of the Potomac (now under the control of Burnside) attempts to take Richmond, resulting in the bloodbath at Fredericksburg. Then Joe Hooker tries again, only to be repulsed at Chancellorsville as Stonewall Jackson turns his flank, a bitter victory for the South, paid for by the death of Lee's foremost lieutenant.

In the West, during the six-month standoff that followed the shock of Murfreesboro in the central theater, one of the most complex and determined sieges of the war has begun. Here, Grant's seven relentless efforts against Vicksburg show Lincoln that he has at last found his killer-general, the man who can "face the arithmetic".

With Vicksburg finally under siege, Lee again invades the North. The three-day conflict at Gettysburg receives book-length attention in a masterly treatment of a key great battle, not as legend has it but as it really was, before it became distorted by controversy and overblown by remembered glory.

Don't miss the other volumes in Shelby Foote's Civil War: A Narrative series.

Bonus: In partnership with Audible and Playtone, the television and film producer behind the award-winning series Band of Brothers, John Adams, and The Pacific, this audiobook includes an original introduction, written and read by acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns. For more from Audible and Playtone, click here.

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    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 04-21-12
    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 04-21-12 Member Since 2015

    54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.

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    "A TRANSCENDENT LISTENING EXPERIENCE"

    This trilogy by shelby foote is the most remarkable reading/listening experience Ive ever had!. Foote's writing is jaw dropping, stunning and unforgettable. I could go on forever about this series and it wouldn't , couldn't do it justice. THIS TRILOGY IS A MUST READ>

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    Cheryl Pittsburg, CA, USA 07-10-09
    Cheryl Pittsburg, CA, USA 07-10-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Fantastic!"

    This book is great! Superb narration by Grover Gardner. The details by Shelby Foote are amazing. Was interested mostly in Gettysburg Battles as we had visited the area.

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    alexander 07-07-16
    alexander 07-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Its immense"

    It is an immense work of literature! I will not even discuss the volume of information that you get about the civil war inthe most interesting and captivating way. What you get is a new understanding of war itself , and the enormity of it, how complicated it is and how human characters determine the outcome. I am starting the third one right away!

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    Dennis D. Mcdonald 04-30-16
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    "One of the best histories ever written"

    One of the people I would like to meet in heaven and have a beer with is author Shelby Foote.

    The second of his three volumes about the Civil War focuses mostly on 1863 and early 1964. Major battles are discussed and as in volume 1 Foote skillfully interweave’s military with social and political events.

    As with volume 1 I’m again in awe of this writer’s power and skill. The mental energy that went into creating this narrative out of the vast array of available sources that had to be reviewed and distilled must of been enormous. The manner in which words and sentences flow through both the momentous and mundane is nothing short of miraculous and extends far beyond the mere recitation of facts. This i some of the clearest writing I have ever experienced.

    Whenever I read about the Civil War my general reaction is one of gloom. So many deaths and disasters. So many mistakes and wandering about due to poor communication. Battlefield horror and panic on both sides are displayed against the emerging reality that, through sheer weight of numbers, the South cannot win its desperate struggle to, among other things, preserve its “right” to enslave other human beings.

    As the alien says to Ellie Arroway at the end of the movie Contact, “You’re an interesting species. An interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares.” In this book, a long nightmare predominates but is real.

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    Meliannos 03-16-15
    Meliannos 03-16-15 Member Since 2011

    Audible junkie, history buff, esp. wars through Korea, scifi/fantasy fan, lover of *most* things new & interesting.

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    "Still the best Civil War narrative history"

    Excellent in every aspect: perspective from the broad view of history, detail from everyday life, character sketches, action scenarios, atmospherics. Shelby Foote can't be improved upon for a solid, listenable narrative.

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    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 08-08-12
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 08-08-12 Member Since 2008

    My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.

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    "The best comprehensive Civil War book"

    If you're only going to read one book on the Civil War, this should be it. It's comprehensive, balanced, and readable. It's extremely long, but worth every minute of it.

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    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 08-02-12
    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 08-02-12

    An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

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    "Masterfull telling of America's War"
    If you could sum up The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume II, Fredericksburg to Meridian in three words, what would they be?

    God help us!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    US Grant because he wasn't brilliant and he had to keep going even though people said he was a drunk and not a leader. He persevered until by the end of the book Congress wanted to give him an honor that only Washington and Winfield Scott had recieved. The book made him very human.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a wonderful narrator that hits the right nuances at all the right times.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No way. Long book that is perfect for listening to a chapter or two at a time. Savor it!


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed that despite the blurb saying Gettysburg was given book length treatment, it didn't feel like enough to me. However, the entire book was wonderful and I learned so much on this time during the Civil War.

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    Jonathan Nahalal, Israel 11-25-08
    Jonathan Nahalal, Israel 11-25-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, though long, but worth it"

    you will not get any better description of the war and what was arround it. strongly recomended, though technicaly speaking narating is not perfect (but nighther the war...)

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    JudieBee 07-26-16
    JudieBee 07-26-16
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    "THE book on the Civil War"
    If you could sum up The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume II, Fredericksburg to Meridian in three words, what would they be?

    Get-tys-burg


    What did you like best about this story?

    The personal elements Mr. Foote included. I don't really care much nor do I understand much about warfare, so Mr. Foote's tomes keep me interested other elements of the war.


    What about Grover Gardner and Ken Burns (introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    All of it...


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful listen/read.

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    Elizabeth 05-28-16
    Elizabeth 05-28-16
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    "Poor audio recording"

    The audio recording was very distracting. The reader's intonation and clarity changed from sentence to sentence. I found that I had to raise the volume and lower it so often that I became frustrated. However, Shelby Foote presented a view of the civil war that was refreshing. I highly recommend this book - maybe there is another recording that is easier on the ears.

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