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Why Gettysburg Mattered: 150 Years Later (Bonus Material: The Gettysburg Address) | [Allen C. Guelzo]

Why Gettysburg Mattered: 150 Years Later (Bonus Material: The Gettysburg Address)

The Battle of Gettysburg – the turning point of the American Civil War – would, in the words of one staff officer, stand “like Waterloo, conspicuous in the history of all ages."
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Publisher's Summary

The Battle of Gettysburg - the turning point of the American Civil War - would, in the words of one staff officer, stand "like Waterloo, conspicuous in the history of all ages." In this stirring production, adapted from the New York Times’ award-winning online journal and Audible audiobook Disunion, we revisit the meaning and importance of the battle that forever changed US history. Timed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the battle which took place over several days starting July 1st, 1863, Why Gettysburg Mattered concludes with an inspiring performance of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

©2013 The New York Times (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 07-18-13
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Historical Snapshot"

    This was a very short download and was a freebie from Audible for the 4th of July. The intro was interesting, but I wish it had bit a bit longer and given more detail. I did enjoy listening to The Gettysburg Address, as this was the first time that I remember ever listening to the entire speech.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    HIII 07-05-13
    HIII 07-05-13 Member Since 2010
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    "applications"

    This short listen takes information we already have and applies it to the question Why Gettysburg Mattered. Very interesting. I was disappointed in the reading of Lincoln's beautiful Gettysburg Address but even so it was wonderful to hear in again. Thank you Audibles for this nice gift.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 07-02-13
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

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    "great perspective"

    A short snipit on the meaning of Gettysburg, reiforcing that it was the turning point in the Civil War. It showed that a democratic government, never before tried in the world, where the government was of the people, for the people, and by the people, could survive and thrive. Lincoln's Gettysburg Adresss sums it all up quite nicely.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    paul Williamsport, PA, United States 07-02-13
    paul Williamsport, PA, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A different prospective"

    A different prospective of the importance of the Battle of Gettysburg from a political standpoint rather than a military standpoint. A short review that ends with the reading of the Gettysburg Address will inspire all true Americans outlook on this world's greatest country.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Portland, OR, United States 07-06-13
    Emily Portland, OR, United States 07-06-13 Member Since 2014

    Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.

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    "Enjoyable preview for book of vignettes"

    I read some of these essays when they ran in the NY Times, and appreciated getting this preview before buying the whole book. My teenage history-loving son enjoyed this preview, and it made us decide to get the whole book soon.

    Of course the whole significance of Gettysburg can't be covered in 14 minutes. But if you are looking for something episodic to listen to the car, or for short time before bed, as we are, this was a great length.

    The narrator was good and engaging as well.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    DK 07-11-13
    DK 07-11-13 Member Since 2013

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Running out this type Audible-so on2 lighter romance/mystery :-(

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    "An interesting reminder into this historical event"
    Would you try another book from Allen C. Guelzo and/or Mark Boyett and Kevin Pariseau ?

    Probably not. I'm not a reader of historical opinion.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    No spoilers! Any student of history knows the ending.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mark Boyett and Kevin Pariseau ?

    Perhaps, it was not outstanding nor terrible.


    Could you see Why Gettysburg Mattered: 150 Years Later (Bonus Material: The Gettysburg Address) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    A nice gift from Audible-thanks!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Meagan 01-14-15
    Meagan 01-14-15 Member Since 2014

    Loving books :)

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    What did you like best about this story?

    It was free. It was okay but slow and not what I expected. Provided a great perspective.


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    Alice 01-07-15
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    What made the experience of listening to Why Gettysburg Mattered: 150 Years Later (Bonus Material: The Gettysburg Address) the most enjoyable?

    The history behind it and the Gettysburg Address reading at the end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This was a reading and a lesson in history, so there was not really per say a character. This was more of a telling of the characters who played a part in history, and the shaping of our country.


    Any additional comments?

    Brother against brother, the civil war was one of the bloodiest wars fought. With the loss of life on both sides, the war was a personal one. For it was a war fought on our own lands against our own neighbors. The audiobook touches on Gettysburg, and why after all of these years, it still holds meaning, its importance and significance, and of course the Gettysburg Address. The narrators, Mark Boyett and Kevin Pariseau did a fantastic job. The audiobook is an interesting and telling listen.

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    Carroll Alexandria, VA, United States 12-04-13
    Carroll Alexandria, VA, United States 12-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "An insightful short history"

    Like so many "larger than life" events, Gettysburg is misunderstood to anyone who only had to memorize the address in grade school!!!! A well written, short summary of the critical aspects ends with that speech that defines why the public awes soldier's ability to sacrifice.

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    Marc Centerville, UT, United States 07-05-13
    Marc Centerville, UT, United States 07-05-13 Member Since 2012

    I flip-flop between business and fiction books to keep me grounded in reality while still keeping my childhood love of fantasy firmly intact.

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    "And then..."

    I feel bad rating this so low because I love history and historical books, but this never got going. It wasn't a proper short story, and even as a NYT article, it didn't go anywhere. A few impressive quotes does not a story make!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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