As the first book in a large series, 'Manassas' really disappointed. While some of the character development was interesting and necessary (if predic..Show More »table), the description of the battle and the dialogue between the men fighting it smacked of a B- John Wayne movie. I will give the 2nd book a try but am not optimistic. For better character development, more historical accuracy and more intense battle scenes, I would recommned the Starbuck series by Bernard Cornwell.
In this the 3rd book in the series -- clearly the best so far. The author has placed different Brannon family members in with different parts of the ..Show More »Southern armies and you get a much fuller sense of the Civil War. While the title is Antietam, I felt the real story is in the excellent job of telling the good and bad of the 7 Day's battle in front of Richmond. I will definitely continue the series
If you have gotten this far into the series you are as bitten by the Civil War Battle series as I am and it keeps getting better. The host of characte..Show More »rs are well rounded and by now like friends and I find myself caring about their welfare both while suffering lack of supplies and particularly in the battle scenes which are particularly well written. This is good stuff and Lloyd James is going a great job of narration with each character having his own voice. It brings it all very much alive.
As I thought would be the case if you have gotten this far in the series you will care about the different members of the Brannon family and how the w..Show More »ar is effecting them, but what I wasn't prepared for was the incredible word painting by James Reasoner of the Battle of Gettysburg - it was some of the most vivid I've heard or read. It was brilliantly portrayed and excellently narrated by Lloyd James. I was moved to tears as I heard the valiant Pickett's Charge and its aftermath.
While this series is glorifying the south's efforts in the civil war, in this book the futility of war was very apparent and given personal meaning to the Brannon's family and the listener. I can't wait to start the next book
This may be the 7th in the series, but I enjoyed it the most. Great sets of characters coming together to resolve some story lines of the different B..Show More »rannon family members and start new ones. Good description of the battle of Chickamauga. A bonus is that there is also a good description of aspects of the battle of Missionary Ridge and Lookout Mountain. A very touching part near the end and the last four sentences are Great! The narrator does his usual very good job.
This is now the 8th book of the series I have listened to and the author continues to produce a very good series with some unpredictable surprises!
..Show More »r />But in this book - it really is in two parts.
Part One of the download I rated a "3" because it is really a mystery (I'll leave it at that)that takes place with the Brannons - told in civil war times but not having anything really to do with the war.
Part Two is a "5"! Wonderful description of the battles of the Wilderness and other aspects of the 40 Days battles between Grant and Lee, ending in this case with Cold Harbor.
And a very interesting section with one brother at the end, riding with Mosby's rangers - and some discussion of this very controversial southern officer.
Once again the author does a nice job of weaving several character threads together to make a good story -- some in Texas and others in South Dakota w..Show More »ith the union army in 1964/1865 as the climax to the war takes place. There is description of the fall of Atlant as well as Savannah. One aspect of this series that I enjoy is that the author details battles in the war that are not necessarily as well known. A good example in this story is the battle of Nashville/Frankiln which crushed Hood's army.
For over 100 hrs I have listened to the story of the Brannon family living and fighting through the Civil War. At times its been a bit cheesy but over..Show More » all it has been a cracking good read (or rather listen!).
For me the highlights have been Lloyd James' narration, James Reasoner's battle descriptions, the characterisation of the Brannon boys, the explanation of the historical context and the effect of the Civil War on the ordinary civilians.
Lloyd James has been a joy to listen to. He has a lovely tone to his voice that you can listen to for ages but his real ability is to give a character an accent and use it only for that character and come back to the very same accent maybe books later and sound just right. That is a true skill. I hope that Lloyd's skill has been recognised and that he does considerably more narrating in the future.
James Reasoner has the ability to paint a picture with just words and in particular has the ability to describe a battle or even a fist fight so well that you can see it in your minds eye. There are times when is normal storytelling is a little flat and his female characters are somewhat two dimensional but give him a battle scene and you see it in full cinemascope in your mind.
I am going to miss listening to Lloyd telling us about the Brannons and I was right there is a hole in my life that I haven't found a way of filling as yet. But I know I will but I shall look back at this saga with pleasure.
The series is one I would recommend but only if you mean to see it through to the end and in quick succession. Its true that the pace does slacken off but so did the events in the Civil War and its here that the Brannon family history moves up a notch. I've thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope that you do too.