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.
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I live in Columbia Maryland not Columbia Moldova! I haven't turned into a Groucho Marx character yet.
Considering having only 15 minutes, I believe the idea that the Civil War produced two essential products was enunciated--the democratic experiment of a continent sized Country could remain indivisible and second all people are created equal.
Nice wrap up to the entire story and a pleasant gift to Audible subscribers! Gives the heart of the battle a nice finish.
Sadly, my hithertofore retained knowledge of the "history of the Civil War" is pretty much from Gone With the Wind.There was a battle of Gettysburg? Really? I didn't remember Rhett or Scarlett being there.
My exposure to the Gettysburg Address consisted of school days memorizing of the first part of the speech - "Four score and seven years ago..." and wondering what the heck a score was (yup, got it, thanks!).
This short presentation was fascinating, and even though I listened to it with only half an ear, it was a real eye opener to what I've turned a blind eye to all my life. This audio production was short enough and lively enough to engage my attention and get that I really should learn more about the political climate and the course of the war between the states, to have a better concept of what the heck is going on these days in politics.
I will be re-listening to this several times I expect.
I'm not that deep into history, so it was something of a stretch to think I'd like this one. However, Gettysburg was a pretty big deal and the book was free, so I thought I'd give it a try.
The story and narration were okay I guess, but I just couldn't get myself to stay with it.
Bottom line, if you're not into history you probably won't enjoy this book. If you're into history, it might be a good one and it's probably worth your time to try it.
The history behind it and the Gettysburg Address reading at the end.
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.
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.
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.
I flip-flop between business and fiction books to keep me grounded in reality while still keeping my childhood love of fantasy firmly intact.
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!
Not real indepth Just skims over what happened
Make it more in depth
I don't know
I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.
A lot has been written about the Battle of Gettysburg, and I would like to think that most American children have heard the story and know why the battle was important. Because of this, I didn't think that this book was really necessary. It was written and released because of the 150th anniversary of the battle; however, there is nothing new or interesting in this book. Instead, it seems to simply be a reminder of why the Battle of Gettysburg mattered. I might be someone overly sensitive to this topic because I live in Pennsylvania about 45 minutes away from Gettysburg. As such, I am frequently reminded of the importance of the Battle of Gettysburg and didn't need a book to remind me. Even so, I can't imagine why anyone would really need to read this book.
The saving grace in the book is the inclusion of the Gettysburg Address. This is probably the most important speech in American history, and it is always a joy to read. The performance that was done in the Audible.Com edition of the book was great. Unlike the dull description of the importance of the Battle of Gettysburg, I could listen to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address over and over.
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