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A thrilling account of the final years of the War Between the States and the great general who led the Union to victory.

This conclusion of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Bruce Catton's acclaimed Civil War history of General Ulysses S. Grant begins in the summer of 1863. After Grant's bold and decisive triumph over the Confederate Army at Vicksburg - a victory that wrested control of the Mississippi River from Southern hands - President Abraham Lincoln promoted Grant to the head of the Army of the Potomac.

The newly named general was virtually unknown to the nation and to the Union's military high command, but he proved himself in the brutal closing year and a half of the War Between the States. Grant's strategic brilliance and unshakeable tenacity crushed the Confederacy in the battles of the Overland Campaign in Virginia and the Siege of Petersburg.

In the spring of 1865, Grant finally forced Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, thus ending the bloodiest conflict on American soil. Although tragedy struck only days later when Lincoln - whom Grant called "incontestably the greatest man I have ever known" - was assassinated, Grant's military triumphs would ensure that the president's principles of unity and freedom would endure.

In Grant Takes Command, Catton offers listeners an in-depth portrait of an extraordinary warrior and unparalleled military strategist whose brilliant battlefield leadership saved an endangered Union.

©1968, 1969 Little, Brown and Company, Inc. (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Derek
  • Pasadena, CA, United States
  • 06-29-16

Fantastic Writing, Poor Narration

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The Narrator makes it difficult to listen to this masterpiece. That's unfortunate, but I powered through the constant mispronounced names and places because the story is gripping and the author is famous for his historical accuracy and masterful storytelling. That said, be warned that many of the Narrator's mistakes are cringeworthy.

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Get the book - the paper version

Catton is superb as always, although this ranks slightly below his best work.

Regardless the forced and over acted narration ruins it. The narrator feigns an interest and knowledge that he so obviously does not possess. Perhaps one may be forgiven for being unable to pronounce the names of Generals Sigel and Meigs and even the city of Staunton, VA, but there's no excuse for mispronouncing the Battle of Chickamauga, the second bloodiest of the war, or the surname of General Patrick Cleburne, arguably the ablest division commander the war produced.

Rather than set forth more (and perhaps more egregious) examples I'll simply state here that I am mystified as to why one too lazy to pick up a dictionary would attempt to narrate a work of this caliber and why any sane adult would let him near a microphone.

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  • Oscar
  • Miami, FL, United States
  • 06-27-16

Bruce Catton deserves a much better narrator.<br /><br />

Bruce Catton is my favorite Civil War author. Anything written by Mr. Catton is a work of art.

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  • mosi123
  • new england, USA
  • 09-30-17

Hard to follow

I had a hard time getting too far into the book. I wish I had read it instead. The reader just didn't hold my attention and to be fair, the detail was at the level that I should have just bought the book.

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Loved it

I now have a new hero. What an honorable human he was. True legend for sure.

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Great Subject...Poor Narrator

As usual Catton is great. But Collins... he sounds like that annoying high school English teacher who would read (badly) out loud in class. Monotone, lack on inflection... but for civil war buffs, Catton's prose overcomes this so-so narrator.

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  • David
  • Spotsylvania, VA, United States
  • 12-21-16

Read it

Great book. I would recommend starting with Bruce Catton's trilogy on the Civil War first if you have not read that. His series on Grant would be a good follow up. Catton doesn't have the southern slant of Foote's excellent work. I thought the narration was also great. I do listen to my books on 2x or 2.5 speed though, and it was perfectly clear at that speed

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a great tale of of a great struggle

accurate...enlightening. ..entertaining ...if you find the civil war interesting you will find this work compelling

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Grant takes command

This was a great book I've read a lot about Grant and this book took that knowledge 1 step further could not put it down

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Great book .. very well done.

I have read much of the confederates. This is the first in depth story I've read from the union viewpoint. I will read more. Too many great moments to choose a single one to relate but the respect for both sides and the honest perspective presented in respect to the south and that flawed cause made this an easy read regardless of ones sympathy. I found much here that both Union and Confederate admirers could point to with pride. But I also found so much to regret on both sides.. Great narration.