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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Running out this type Audible-so on2 lighter romance/mystery :-(
Probably not. I'm not a reader of historical opinion.
No spoilers! Any student of history knows the ending.
Perhaps, it was not outstanding nor terrible.
A nice gift from Audible-thanks!
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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