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  • A Soldier's Passion for Order

  • Sherman
  • By: John F. Marszalek
  • Narrated by: Kevin Charles Minatrea
  • Length: 20 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

General William Tecumseh Sherman has come down to us as the implacable destroyer of the Civil War, notorious for his burning of Atlanta and his brutal march to the sea. A probing biography that explains Sherman's style of warfare and the threads of self-possession and insecurity that made up his character.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Honest Study of a Flawed Hero

  • By Chris on 09-20-14

Story well done. reader performance a distraction

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

Reviewed: 07-03-16

What did you love best about A Soldier's Passion for Order?

This is a comprehensive look at William Tecumseh Sherman from childhood through his role in the Civil War and afterwards.

What didn’t you like about Kevin Charles Minatrea’s performance?

The reader, Kevin Charles Minatrea, "creates" accents for statements (quotes) by the various characters in the story that are a major distraction from the otherwise smooth flow of the author's text. He has nothing on which to base his "manufactured" accents because there are no recordings of the characters actual voices .

Any additional comments?

The "made up" accents are almost enough of a distraction to stop me reading this book.

  • Ulysses S. Grant: A Victor, Not a Butcher

  • The Military Genius of the Man Who Won the Civil War
  • By: Edward H. Bonekemper III
  • Narrated by: E. Roy Worley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

Ulysses S. Grant is often accused of being a cold-hearted butcher of his troops. In Ulysses S. Grant: A Victor, Not a Butcher, historian Edward H. Bonekemper III proves that Grant's casualty rates actually compared favorably with those of other Civil War generals. His perseverance, decisiveness, moral courage, and political acumen place him among the greatest generals of the Civil War - indeed, of all military history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting history

  • By Katherine on 08-21-15

excellent book, distracting narration

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

Reviewed: 01-01-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I can't recommend this book because the narration is so distracting. Antietam is read as "antie edam" and Monocacy is read as "mono casey"

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of E. Roy Worley?

Grover Gardner

  • Empire of Liberty

  • A History of the Early Republic
  • By: Gordon S. Wood
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 30 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607

In Empire of Liberty, one of America's most esteemed historians, Gordon S. Wood, offers a brilliant account of the early American Republic, ranging from 1789 and the beginning of the national government to the end of the War of 1812. As Wood reveals, the period was marked by tumultuous change in all aspects of American life - in politics, society, economy, and culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent historical writing

  • By Joseph on 01-14-10

Definately worth a "read"

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-10

Superbly written and read. Excellent over all.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • What Hath God Wrought

  • The Transformation of America, 1815 - 1848
  • By: Daniel Walker Howe
  • Narrated by: Patrick Cullen
  • Length: 32 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649

In this addition to the esteemed Oxford History of the United States series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the period from the Battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era of revolutionary improvements in transportation and communications that accelerated America's expansion and prompted the rise of mass political parties.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic content, faulty narration

  • By Ary Shalizi on 04-12-11

no comparison to Empire of Liberty

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-10

How well an audible book is read is an important factor in its success. The reader for this one reads too fast and the vocal punctuation makes it difficult to listen to. It's unfortunate because it's sister volume "Empire of Liberty" was superb. I may not even finish listening to "What Hath God Wrought (Unabridged)". It is that bad

3 of 7 people found this review helpful