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The Killer Angels Audiobook

The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War [Audiobook]

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Publisher's Summary

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.

July 1863. The Confederate Army of Northern Virginia is invading the North. General Robert E. Lee has made this daring and massive move with 70,000 men in a determined effort to draw out the Union Army of the Potomac and mortally wound it. His right hand is General James Longstreet, a brooding man who is loyal to Lee but stubbornly argues against his plan. Opposing them is an unknown factor: General George Meade, who has taken command of the Army only two days before what will be perhaps the crucial battle of the Civil War.

In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation's history, two armies fight for two conflicting dreams. One dreams of freedom, the other of a way of life. More than rifles and bullets are carried into battle. The soldiers carry memories. Promises. Love. And more than men fall on those Pennsylvania fields. Bright futures, untested innocence, and pristine beauty are also the casualties of war.

The Killer Angels is unique, sweeping, unforgettable, a dramatic re-creation of the battleground for America's destiny.

©1974 Michael Shaara, copyright renewed 2002 Jeffrey M. Shaara & Lila E. Shaara; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Pulitzer Prize winner, Fiction 1975

"Shaara carries [the reader] swiftly and dramatically to a climax as exciting as if it were being heard for the first time." (The Seattle Times)
"The best and most realistic historical novel about war I have ever read." (General H. Norman Schwarzkopf)

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    rick boston,ma 06-28-16
    rick boston,ma 06-28-16 Member Since 2014

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    "NOT boring"

    I was a bit hesitant to listen as I thought it may be a boring history book. not at all. the story is well told and has you connecting with the characters from both sides. I have been to Gettysburg before but to be honest had little clue of what went on there and the importance.

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    Leigh United States 06-26-16
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    "Good.. great for a history buff though"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    To history buffs and extreme fans of the civil war. Little too much detail for this moderately interested listener.


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    Victoria 06-20-16
    Victoria 06-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I can see why it wasn't popular during the Vietnam"

    lovely writing and wonderful history. must go to Gettysburg after listening to the book. but the glorification of war is oddly disquieting in this age of fe

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    Leo McNeill 06-18-16
    Leo McNeill 06-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Well worth it. Great book."

    Loved it. Now on to 1861 the Civil War Awakening. I recommend a short essay compilation...the Skeptic's Guide to American History.

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    elizabeth & bryan 06-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Full package"

    Tremendous historic event, beautifully rendered by the author and a great performance by the narrator.

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    Randall Carmel 06-11-16
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    "Magnificent"

    Just a wonderfully told story. Depth, texture and humanity. Wonderful. Just listen now, you won't be disappointed.

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    Matt Carrico 06-08-16
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    "Great book. Hard to follow"

    The story line, history, facts, etc are all amazing. Just a lot of confusing times when trying to figure out which side (Union or Confederate) is being discussed until too far into a chapter.

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    slimralph 06-07-16
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    "A great living history read"

    A great way to learn about Gettysburg. A great performance with numerous voices to help understand the characters, their context, and their perspectives.

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    Matthew 05-03-16
    Matthew 05-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "it's the greatest historical book I've ever read."

    love every second of it. a must read by anybody interested in Gettysburg or the Civil War.

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    Stephanie 04-14-16
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    "Beautiful"

    Such a beautiful way to tell the story of the end of the Civil War. You grow to love both sides and end up teary at the end. Beautiful.

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  • sarah
    9/16/16
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    "A fantastic, inspiring audio book."

    This is an outstanding audio book. It's not surprising this book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Recommended before a visit to Gettysburg. Outstanding narrator.

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  • Umashin
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    "really enjoyed the book and performance"

    Great novel but hard to follow who is on whose side at times. The performance and story is very interesting and well told.

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  • John
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    "A legend of American Civil War"

    If you have any interest in the American Civil War do not miss this book. Michael Shaara & Stephen Hoye make you almost feel as if you where there.

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  • Dr Zube
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    "Historical fiction at its absolute best"

    I read this book a while ago, twice in fact so I was very familiar with the story. It was really great fun to listen to the Killer Angels, the narrator is superb, in particular when portraying the southern officers, what a compelling, moving and amazing story, that is also true. Amazing.

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  • malcolm
    Anstruther, United Kingdom
    11/26/13
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    "civil war history"
    Where does The Killer Angels rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks with the best, a great historical novel


    What did you like best about this story?

    the details, the research that has gone into it.


    What does Stephen Hoye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    he adds the narrative to the history and characters


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

    its long but has you listening and contains some amazing facts


    Any additional comments?

    one of the best civil war books I have ever heard

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  • Marcus
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    4/7/13
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    "Great historical fiction"





    This is the one of the  best novels I have read about war. The book won the Pulitzer in the 1970's but the subject matter was unfashionable then and it went rather unnoticed, but over time it's popularity has increased.   It's a gripping account of the battle of Gettysburg.  Seen  mostly from the view of the Confederate generals, it brings out the agonies of command as they know they are fighting a lost cause.  The whole course of the battle is described  and the fighting is vividly told.  High class fiction and a must for anyone interested in the American Civil war.

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  • Alan
    FORTROSE, United Kingdom
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    "What if......"

    I often wondered what was in the minds of those at Gettysburg, what ever it was it came from the heart. I am a Scot ,caught up in another countries history,but courage spans generations and nations. They went forward even though they were afraid, Shaara takes you along with them. You are with Gen.Buford on day one trying to stop the grey tide, cavalry fighting as infantry and making it work. You see in the book the mistakes that were made and the things left undone like not seizing 'Little Round Top' by the Confederates early on. You are on the flank of the Union Army with Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine. It is a book about ordinary men having history thrust upon them.

    Having walked Pickets Charge and seeing the gaping cannon mouths,Shaara's description has you in tears for the sacrifice of life. The dawning on Lee that his army could not do miracles and Longstreet's realization that they should be out of there to better ground. Shaara has the passage of the advance and death of General Armistead so moving. These were heroes in one way and ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances....that government of the people,by the people for the people shall not perish from the earth.

    With a talking book I normally do something else while listening,with this all I could do was listen, the word pictures forming in the mind from what was being read were vivid enough to keep you riveted.A superb book







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