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Stephen

Newton, MA, USA
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  • John Ransom's Diary

  • Andersonville
  • By: John Ransom
  • Narrated by: David Thorn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

This book is an extraordinary day-to-day documentary of the Civil War's most infamous Confederate prison, Camp Sumter, better known as Andersonville.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • John Ransom's Diary - A Great Listen

  • By John on 12-22-04

Civil War

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-06

An incredibly moving piece of nonfiction that takes the glory and swashbuckling out of war and underscores Sherman's 'war is hell' view. Like the monument at Andersonville, a tribute to all POWs.

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  • Manassas

  • The Civil War Battle Series, Book 1
  • By: James Reasoner
  • Narrated by: LLoyd James
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Storm clouds are approaching Culpeper County, Virginia, in early January 1861. The troublesome Fogarty brothers have been raising havoc across the countryside, and when the local lawman, Will Brannon, returns from another futile attempt to track them down, he finds the townspeople abuzz. South Carolina has seceded from the Union, and rumor has it more states will follow, perhaps even Virginia.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed in 1st book

  • By Stephen on 11-09-06

Disappointed in 1st book

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-06

As the first book in a large series, 'Manassas' really disappointed. While some of the character development was interesting and necessary (if predictable), 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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful