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  • The American Civil War

  • By: Gary W. Gallagher, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Gary W. Gallagher
  • Length: 24 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,900
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,889

Between 1861 and 1865, the clash of the greatest armies the Western hemisphere had ever seen turned small towns, little-known streams, and obscure meadows in the American countryside into names we will always remember. In those great battles, those streams ran red with blood-and the United States was truly born.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Series

  • By Rodney on 07-09-13

I wish my college history classes were this good!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Loved everything about this lecture series. It was extremely well organized and held my interest throughout. I was sad when it finished.

  • Bust Hell Wide Open

  • The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest
  • By: Samuel W. Mitcham Jr.
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

The legacy of General Nathan Bedford Forrest is deeply divisive. Best known for being accused of war crimes at the Battle of Fort Pillow and for his role as first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan - an organization he later denounced - Forrest has often been studied as a military figure, but never before studied as a fascinating individual who wrestled with the complex issues of his violent times. Bust Hell Wide Open is a comprehensive portrait of Nathan Bedford Forrest as a man: his achievements, failings, reflections, and regrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By B. Wood on 02-23-17

Best Forrest biography

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-18

This is the best and most well written biography of Forrest. Unfortunately most people who don’t study history only know and spout the falsehoods about this extraordinary man.

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  • Grant Takes Command

  • By: Bruce Catton
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 25 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 93

This conclusion of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Bruce Catton's acclaimed Civil War history of General Ulysses S. Grant begins in the summer of 1863. After Grant's bold and decisive triumph over the Confederate Army at Vicksburg - a victory that wrested control of the Mississippi River from Southern hands - President Abraham Lincoln promoted Grant to the head of the Army of the Potomac.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Writing, Poor Narration

  • By Derek on 06-29-16

Great retelling of Grants assuming command

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-18

Great story and narration. My favorite Bruce Catton. I would highly recommend this excellent listen.

  • The Smoke at Dawn

  • A Novel of the Civil War
  • By: Jeff Shaara
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 19 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355

Summer, 1863: The Federal triumph at Vicksburg has secured complete control of the Mississippi River from the Confederacy, cementing the reputation of Ulysses S. Grant. Farther east, the Federal army under the command of William Rosecrans captures the crucial rail hub at Chattanooga. But Rosecrans is careless, and while pursuing the Confederates, the Federal forces are routed in north Georgia at Chickamauga Creek. Retreating in a panic back to Chattanooga, Rosecrans is pursued by the Confederate forces under General Braxton Bragg.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best one yet

  • By Alexander on 03-15-17

Totally gets you immersed in history. Fantastic storytelling!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-18

This was my 6th book by Jeff Shaara and all I can say is wow. I love history and have very much enjoyed the great historical works of Foote and Catton among others. Shaara’s historical novels on audible, however, are far and away the most entertaining. His words spoken by a great narrator brings the history to life. The Smoke at Dawn is a great example of this. After I write this review I will immediately start the Fateful Lightning. I hope we soon see an unabridged Gods and Generals.

  • Grant

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 48 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,795
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,309
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,279

Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow reveals in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book (BUT WHERE IS THE PDF FILES)????

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-17

The greatest president that 99% of Americans no nothing about

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-17

I read Chernow’s Grant biography about 2 months after American Ulysses. I enjoyed both very much. The Chernow biography was more detailed about Grant’s struggles with alcohol and his relationship with Rollins. Both, however, presented a man with faults and insecurities who emerged from obscurity to become one of the greatest heroes of our Republic and a President, although flawed, who would not reverse the gains of the civil war victory. A great book with wonderful narration.

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  • American Ulysses

  • A Life of Ulysses S. Grant
  • By: Ronald C. White
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 27 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,169
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,009
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,994

A major new biography of the Civil War general and American president, by the author of the New York Times bestseller A. Lincoln. The dramatic story of one of America's greatest and most misunderstood military leaders and presidents, this is a major new interpretation of Ulysses S. Grant. Based on seven years of research with primary documents, some of them never tapped before, this is destined to become the Grant biography of our times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Absolutely Superb Work

  • By Michael J. Nardotti, Jr. on 11-05-16

Why isn’t Grant on Mt Rushmore?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-17

The quintessential American hero, Grant transcended politics and was humble in not taking credit for success but owned up to failures. He should be a civil rights icon for today’s generation but has largely been overlooked until now. American Ulysses is a wonderfully written and narrated book. One of the best, if not the best, I have read.

  • Clouds of Glory

  • The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee
  • By: Michael Korda
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 32 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520

In Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee, Michael Korda, the New York Times best-selling biographer of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ulysses S. Grant, and T. E. Lawrence, has written the first major biography of Lee in nearly 20 years, bringing to life America's greatest and most iconic hero. Korda paints a vivid and admiring portrait of Lee as a general and a devoted family man

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good But Not Great

  • By David Wardell on 05-12-15

A must read for everyone

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-17

What did you love best about Clouds of Glory?

It was a wonderfully written and performed book. Though he had flaws, the book described the life of a great American who really had no other path to take than to follow his home state of Virginia into this conflict. He was a man who needs to be judged in his own time and not ours. In the 18th and 19th century your state was your country and had your allegiance. Lee's behavior and grace after surrender provided a role model for the confederacy and helped to hasten the reintegration of the states. There were few finer men on either side of the conflict.

What other book might you compare Clouds of Glory to and why?

None, This was the most in depth and fair biography I have seen.

Have you listened to any of Jack Garrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A man of his time

Any additional comments?

Great civil war book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Will listen and read again

  • Never Call Retreat

  • The Centennial History of the Civil War, Volume 3
  • By: Bruce Catton
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 19 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

The final work in this series begins in December of 1862. Four months before, the Union Army tasted long-awaited victory at the bloody battle of Antietam. Grant continued on towards Vicksburg, Mississippi. The grim battles that lay ahead would be costly: the Vicksburg campaign, Chattanooga, the Battle of the Wilderness, the Battle of Atlanta and the March to the Sea, the siege of Petersburg. There would be two and a half more years of war before Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, informative and well written.

  • By W. F. Rucker on 01-30-11

Great trilogy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-17

If you could sum up Never Call Retreat in three words, what would they be?

Wonderful final chapter of an historical masterpiece

What other book might you compare Never Call Retreat to and why?

Shelby Footes trilogy. This was easier to listen to but both were outstanding.

Have you listened to any of Nelson Runger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Nelson Runger is always fantastic

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No because I like to absorb this great historians work. It provided very pleasant drives listening on my commutes.

Any additional comments?

A must read for anyone wanting to learn the true history of this period. It was very complicated and not simplistic. These were men of their time and cannot be judged by todays standards. The crazy's ripping down and destroying this history either have no idea or just use this for their extreme view that America was founded by bigots and racists and therefore is not legitimate.

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  • Rebel Yell

  • The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson
  • By: S. C. Gwynne
  • Narrated by: Cotter Smith
  • Length: 24 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,784
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,616
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,617

General Stonewall Jackson was like no one anyone had ever seen. In April of 1862 he was merely another Confederate general with only a single battle credential in an army fighting in what seemed to be a losing cause. By middle June he had engineered perhaps the greatest military campaign in American history and was one of the most famous men in the Western World. He had given the Confederate cause what it had recently lacked: hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very good read

  • By rhl60 on 11-05-14

Great story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-17

Very well written and performed biography of an interesting and complex man. People should learn more about this part of our history before removing monuments.

  • We Who Are Alive and Remain

  • Untold Stories from the Band of Brothers
  • By: Marcus Brotherton
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

They were the men of the now-legendary Easy Company. After almost two years of hard training, they parachuted into Normandy on D-Day and, later, Operation Market Garden. They fought their way through Belgium, France, and Germany, survived overwhelming odds, liberated concentration camps, and drank a victory toast in April 1945 at Hitler's hideout in the Alps.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Only for the Avid Easy Company Readers

  • By Blake on 07-08-10

Wonderfully warm and personal account of the other men of easy company

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-17

The writing, story and performance provided a a totally different prospective of the easy company story. I totally enjoyed it.