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  • Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1

  • By: James M. McPherson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062

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
  • volume1

  • By chris on 08-26-10

Precise history

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

Reviewed: 02-05-13

Would you listen to Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1 again? Why?

I would listen to this again because it is enlightening and entertaining. As a history buff I enjoy minute facts, and this has so very many of those.

What other book might you compare Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1 to and why?

It is written along the lines of works of other historians, such as Ambrose and Goodwin.

What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

He kept me listening, and is a precise narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Destiny of the Republic

  • A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
  • By: Candice Millard
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,862

James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard

  • By Mel on 02-08-12

Revealing story

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

Reviewed: 10-29-12

What made the experience of listening to Destiny of the Republic the most enjoyable?

It was history with which I was not familiar. It also was well read by the performer.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Destiny of the Republic?

The details of the treatment after Garfield's shooting.

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

Not sure.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not applicable

1 of 1 people found this review helpful