More than a powerful portrait of the people and purpose of the Revolution, Rise to Rebellion is a vivid account of history's most pivotal events. The Boston Tea Party, the battles of Concord and Bunker Hill - all are recreated with the kind of breathtaking detail only a master like Jeff Shaara can muster. His most impressive achievement, Rise to Rebellion reveals with new immediacy how philosophers became fighters with ideas as ammunition, and how a scattered group of colonies became the United States of America.
©2001 Jeffrey M. Shaara; (P)2001 Random House, Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing Group, a Division of Random House, Inc.
This is a great book which introduces you to historical characters and events in a new way and depth. Unfortuatly the abridged version can only tell of the events without letting you get to know the people behind the events, or the depth of the issues that drove them. If they ever release the unabridged version, I will gladly buy it and recommend it.
Being a new immigrant into the USA, I embarked on learning more about its history. Although i was afraid that this book might be dry and documentary like, i was delighted to find out that historical facts were told as a story. I listened in awe and finally could string together all the historical figures and events that i had heard so much about. I truly can recommend this book, and only hope that i can find some more books like this narrating the rest of America's history!
Never a better story. We know how it comes out but the devil is in the details. One of the best books I have listened to or read. The reader makes the words live.
The story was well done and the performance was excellent. It did a great job of capturing the important characters and events that lead to the Declaration of Independence. Thirteen very different colonies joined together to declare their freedom from the most powerful nation and military on earth. Now I understand why and how it happened. Being a Jeff Shaara fan, however, I was left wanting more. This is the first abridged title I have purchased, and I have no idea what I missed from the original work. I think I'll stick with unabridged performances from now on.
My only complaint about this book is the author's annoying stylistic tic of omitting the conjunction "and" wherever possible. Thus: "Washington climbed the hill, regarded his men." It sounds like a quibble, and maybe it is, but when it's done constantly, it becomes positively distracting [and] then annoying.
Too bad because the book's otherwise well done. The narrative moves along and the narrator does a fine job on adding life to the characters and dialogues. It's a nice companion to McCullough's "John Adams" (abridged), covering the same period.
Well-written and narrated. Writer / historian has intimate details of the events around the colonial era, particularly the Boston, Lexington and Concord events. There is awkwardness and confusion when events seem to abruptly move from one to another, as is frequently the case when a 25 hour book is cut down to 6-8 hours. It would be terrific to have this available in unabridged format in the Audible library.
This seemed more like a high school history refresher than anything else. There were some good tidbits mixed in, but nothing really riveting here.
It was quite boring at times, but wrapped up nicely.
The reader did an excellent job here!
I bought this because I saw a positive review of it from a guy in my hometown (greenville, S.C.), and it looked like a good book.
I was amazed at what I got for my money. This was a full accounting of how our key leaders formed together quickly and sparked an incredibaly unlikely victory based on intestinal fortitude over the overwhelming strength of our invaders.
The book shows that; like the armies of Vietanm (especially Vietnam), Isreal, and Iraq, The colonials used the homefield advantage (half the battle), an unflinching willingness to fight smart and possibly die eficiently for our homeland despite the fact that the odds were stacked against us by foriegn invaders, and wound up carrying the day.
We had simply took just 1 too many degregations from england and put up our lives and property to secure our independence. This book brings to life the guys who made the impromptu decisions that come about in a time of crisis.
I was really impressed with the amount of new info about the british role and methods of the start of the war.
Not the most indepth detail of all the key players, but just enough to let you get to know them without boring you.
This is one that you'll listen to twice.
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