• Bloody Ground

  • Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles, Book IV
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (420 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It is only weeks after the Second Manassas in September 1862, and Robert E. Lee takes the war north, where he will be met by "Little Mac", General George McClellan, whose northern army far outnumbers and outguns the invading Confederates. In Richmond, Virginia, Starbuck is given command of a punishment battalion, a motley collection of cowards, thieves, deserters, and murderers, officered by men who do not welcome Starbuck's arrival. Setting off to join Lee's army, Starbuck's men reach Harper's Ferry in time to take part in Stonewall Jackson's capture of the Union garrison. From there, it is on to the legendary horror of Sharpsburg beside the Antietam Creek, forever to be remembered as the bloodiest single day of the war. There, in the cornfield, Starbuck and his despised men will have their courage and commitment tested as never before.
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Awesome!

This entire series is a must read for anyone who enjoys a great novel and/or enjoys the civil war. Great writing and narration. Enjoy the entire series.

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Keeps getting better

When I started this series I did not think it was as good as other Cornwell series. Initially I did not care for Starbuck as the MC but as his character developed I started like him more. I thought the series really started to get better during books 3 and 4; by the end I was wanting more. If I have one complaint it is that Bloody Ground does not tie off all the loose ends. I think Cornwell probably intended to add a fifth book but never got round to it. I doubt we will get one now, so some things were left hanging but all in all a good series and certainly worth the listen.

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I need More starbuck

I was hooked with Sharpe
Give me more Starbuck
Send him West young man
Grover is spot on

Love it BC

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Cornwell and Gardner., Two Masters...

...the one of of the Genre and the latter of the 19th century delivery, Bloody Ground is no exception to either talent. Cornwell’s Sharpe series is excellent, and he proves in this Battle of Sharpsburg (my sympathies are Southern, so I refrain from Antietam) that his talents are not geographically limited. An excellent escape on a long drive or for a weekend of yard work! YAY Major Starbucks and your attendant characters.

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My first Civil War Book love Cornwall

I’ve read or listened to Cornwell’s Sharp series so I was happy to listen to this. Grover Gardner is a very talented man and does a wonderful job with this work. I’m a big fan of historical fiction and lived very close by to the battle site for 5 years and visited it several times. I enjoyed the characters that have been wrapped in the history. Found this a great listen and don’t think you can go wrong making this one of yours.

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Excellent book

As are all books by the author, this book and the series are brilliant. Definitely want to see what happens next to Starbuck.

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Amazing series!

I enjoyed this series very much. Not only are the characters fascinating and entertaining but the series is very historically accurate. I'm extremely sad that Nate Starbucks story isn't told further in further books. I'm hoping that someday the author decides to finish Nate's story.

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What's the holdup?

This is my favorite Cornwell series. Cmon, Bernie, don't leave me hanging. Time to finish the series!

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Soon to be a classic

I own the soft back copy of this book, I only wish Mr Cornwall would finish the Starbuck Chronicles. I found the Lucifer character very interesting.

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Great series on the beginning of the Civil War.

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

As a Northerner I have always approached the Civil War from a Northern perspective. This book had me rooting for the rebels.

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The greatest disappointment is that after four novels I want a fifth!

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  • 08-25-14

A fitting end?

Mr Cornwell is keeping us guessing about whether there will be any more Starbuck books. Basically the Sharpe series kind of swallowed poor Starbuck hole. I hope we will see more but if not this was a fitting end for his US Civil War hero. A classic battle and a book filled with the intrigue of feuding characters and the utter terror and stupidity that epitomised the warfare of the period. An excellent read and the usual excellent performance from master Gardner, the man with a voice like liquid granite.