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  • Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1

  • The Complete and Authoritative Edition
  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 24 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 421

The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Twain’s death. In celebration of this important milestone, here, for the first time, is Mark Twain’s uncensored autobiography, in its entirety, exactly as he left it. This major literary event offers the first of three volumes and presents Mark Twain’s authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave, as he intended.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awe and Goosebumps

  • By Gura on 11-05-10

One of the best ever!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-18

From the story to the amazing reader, this is one of my most enjoyed books ever from Audible.

  • 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 2,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,864
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,852

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

Civil War at its best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-17

This is the best lecture/story/rendition/account of the Civil War I've ever read. Don't think twice. Gallagher is excellent!

  • The Killer Angels

  • The Classic Novel of the Civil War
  • By: Michael Shaara
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,211

After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!!

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 12-27-09

Historically accuracy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-16

Good book and I don't really care for novels. However, this novel was repeatedly mentioned positively by my fellow visitors and guides during my recent visit to Gettysburg. For this non-historian but Civil War buff (not expert) it was historically accurate. The narrator was ok but sentimental in his reading which seemed to get a little gooey at times. I recommend the book.

The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume II, Fredericksburg to Meridian audiobook cover art
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume II, Fredericksburg to Meridian

  • By: Shelby Foote
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner, Ken Burns (introduction)
  • Length: 47 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959

This volume is dominated by the almost continual confrontation of great armies. For the fourth time, the Army of the Potomac (now under the control of Burnside) attempts to take Richmond, resulting in the bloodbath at Fredericksburg. Then Joe Hooker tries again, only to be repulsed at Chancellorsville as Stonewall Jackson turns his flank, a bitter victory for the South, paid for by the death of Lee's foremost lieutenant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best of the Three Volumes

  • By Christopher Morton on 11-30-04

THE book on the Civil War

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-16

If you could sum up The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume II, Fredericksburg to Meridian in three words, what would they be?

Get-tys-burg

What did you like best about this story?

The personal elements Mr. Foote included. I don't really care much nor do I understand much about warfare, so Mr. Foote's tomes keep me interested other elements of the war.

What about Grover Gardner and Ken Burns (introduction) ’s performance did you like?

All of it...

Any additional comments?

Wonderful listen/read.

  • Gettysburg

  • By: Stephen Sears
  • Narrated by: Ed Sala
  • Length: 23 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640

Best-selling author and acclaimed Civil War expert Stephen W. Sears, hailed by The New York Times Book Review as “arguably the preeminent living historian of the war’s eastern theater,” crafts what will stand the test of time as the definitive history of the greatest battle ever fought on American soil. Drawing on years of research, Sears focuses on the big picture, capturing the entire essence of the momentous three day struggle while offering fresh insights that will surprise even the best versed Civil War buffs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator's Craft and the Scholar's Care

  • By John on 02-18-17

blow by blow of the battle

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-16

Would you listen to Gettysburg again? Why?

Yes -- because I'm a new Civil War buff.

What did you like best about this story?

The historical details. I wonder how Mr. Sears finds out all this stuff...

Which scene was your favorite?

No favorite.

Any additional comments?

If you want a blow-by-blow account of the three days of Gettysburg, this is the book for you.

  • Foundation

  • The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors: The History of England, Book 1
  • By: Peter Ackroyd
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 18 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565

In Foundation the chronicler of London and of its river, the Thames, takes us from the primeval forests of England's prehistory to the death of the first Tudor king, Henry VII, in 1509. He guides us from the building of Stonehenge to the founding of the two great glories of medieval England: common law and the cathedrals. He shows us glimpses of the country's most distant past - a Neolithic stirrup found in a grave, a Roman fort, a Saxon tomb, a medieval manor house.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Most Annoying Narrator EVER

  • By JudieBee on 12-25-15

The Most Annoying Narrator EVER

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-25-15

What did you like best about this story?

Love the story and the history which, of course, is why I bought it. But oh my! The narrator!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Clive Chafer?

ANYONE but him. Most annoying. He has this odd cadence by which every 5th word is high pitched and he cannot make any phrase longer than 6 words. Hated it. But fascinated with the story. 19 hours of trying not to notice this narrator's jaw-clenching speech pattern. Aaaarrrrgggghhhh!

Any additional comments?

Would really like to buy The Tudors but that would mean 18 more hours of this dreadful narrator. Not sure I can willingly buy into that.

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  • Crossroads to Freedom

  • Antietam
  • By: James M. McPherson
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Through historical newspaper accounts and the personal letters of soldiers, the events leading up to the battle and the battle itself are stunningly recreated. You will enter the mind of Robert E. Lee as he makes the fateful decision to cross the Potomac River and take the offensive. You will feel the frustration of Abraham Lincoln as he struggles to convince George McClellan to fight. And you will stand side-by-side with foot soldiers as the peaceful Maryland countryside explodes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Far beyond the scope of the battle

  • By Aaron on 01-26-04

Another excellent McPherson!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-24-15

If you could sum up Crossroads to Freedom in three words, what would they be?

Detail, detail, detail!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Crossroads to Freedom?

Overriding evidence regarding McClelland's murderous ego. Pathologic.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Nelson Runger?

Not my favorite narrator. I won't NOT get a book narrated by him but .. Well, not my favorite.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Antietam is a tragedy. McClelland's lack of expertise and just plain old courage made this a tragedy.

Any additional comments?

I recommend this book.

  • Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 2

  • By: James M. McPherson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 949

James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict. Abraham Lincoln wondered whether "in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government". And Jefferson Davis felt "forced to take up arms" to guarantee states' rights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a Pleasant Surprise

  • By Kenneth on 02-12-12

recommended

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-24-15

What did you love best about Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 2?

Comprehensive, many, many details of which this information freak can't get enough.

What did you like best about this story?

It's what made America America.

What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

MOST excellent narrator. Need more by him.