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The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville Audiobook

The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

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The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days Battles, and Antietam, but so are the smaller ones: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, and Monitor versus Merrimac.

The word narrative is the key to this extraordinary book's incandescence and its truth. The story is told entirely from the point of view of the people involved in it. One learns not only what was happening on all fronts but also how the author discovered it during his years of exhaustive research. This first volume in Shelby Foote's comprehensive history is a must-listen for anyone interested in one of the bloodiest wars in America's history.

Bonus: In partnership with Audible and Playtone, the television and film producer behind the award-winning series Band of Brothers, John Adams, and The Pacific, this audiobook includes an original introduction written and read by acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns. For more from Audible and Playtone, click here.

©1986 Shelby Foote (P)2011 Blackstone Audio

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    Romain Fravien Harlem, USA 01-13-17
    Romain Fravien Harlem, USA 01-13-17
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    "Great Narrative - Keep Wikipedia open on Browers"

    I didn't go in thinking it would keep my attention the whole way through. I was wrong! It's very well written and the performance is great.

    A drawbacks to a book written before audiobooks:

    - the transitions are hard to follow. There are long sections, and the chapter breaks in the audio are not necessarily intuitive.
    - battles are not announced or given a header. Within the narrative it will make references to the name of the battle. But if you're not up on the particulars of Civil War battles and the names, it will sometimes take a while to know what the battle is.

    It's helps to have an understanding of the Civil War going in, so as an event is being described, you're able to recollect the significance to the whole War. That's also the names of the players. It's a lot of information, so this book should not be your first place for this or it may overwhelm you.

    I used Wikipedia a lot to check maps and names on occasion. Which is why it was a little frustrating when I could not clearly make out which battle was being referred to.

    I am definitely looking forward to the next parts and recommend this one.

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    John R Luke Jr 01-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "loved it."

    it is my hope they bring the other two books of this series to audioable soon. just utter fantastic listening

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    Chris Whalley 01-07-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book, new recording"

    I've listened to this book several times over the years with great pleasure. Surprisingly, Audible changed the recording the latest time I downloaded it. The narrator identifies it as a 2016 recording at end of the book - I've been listening to the old recording for
    4 or 5 years. The recording is technically a lot easier to listen to and much less "tinny" than the old one. Grover Gardner is a superb narrator and Foote's book is engrossing and insightful. However, it was a bit strange to receive a substitute recording without any notice from Audible. I might also add that this new recording does not have a foreword from Ken Burns like the previous recording I downloaded. No big deal as far as I am concerned, but Audible should change the description of the book accordingly.

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    Adgate 12-17-16
    Adgate 12-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Narrative"

    Shelby Foote's effort to write a thorough and comprehensive narrative of the Civil War has so far been unparalleled among the books I've read. The amount of detail found here is enormous, though the battles are not quite as detailed as a I would have liked but the overall amount of information makes up for it. I felt like Foote was there, following the politics and the major players of the war.
    The narration was perfect, read like a documentary and not a drama, and that's what I look for in books like these. I often fall asleep to long audiobooks and this one puts me out every time.
    I learned a lot from these three books. A lot about the war, the players, the landscapes, and even Foote himself. Overall highly worthy read.

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    C. Ch. McC. 12-01-16
    C. Ch. McC. 12-01-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Outstanding "

    A national treasure of a chronicle. Humorous, engaging. Replenished with exacting detail without ardor to the reader.

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    James A Schroepfer 09-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A mastery of historical narration"

    As a student of the Civil War, I believe this series provides an excellent balance of the often polarized views which predominate in our day. Well written and well read, the only knock against this audio book is that it ended too soon.

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    Jahn-Takeshi MaastrichtNetherlands 08-30-16
    Jahn-Takeshi MaastrichtNetherlands 08-30-16
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    "A classic of Civil War history"

    The level of detail is probably unique. At the same time, you don't down in detail thanks to the casual and easy to follow narrative frame. Sometimes it's hard to follow without a map or list of actors and places. Reading wikipedia while listening worked quite well for me. Moreover, the names of battles and dates are often not repeated and retrieving them on audio I found hard at times.

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    James Oswego, IL, United States 08-30-16
    James Oswego, IL, United States 08-30-16 Member Since 2008
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    "OH, Shelby, how I've miss you"

    This book is fascinating and the sheer amount of data therein could be overwhelming, but Shelby keeps it all organized and pertinent. I learned so much listening to this book, little nuances that are only known to a true master of the subject. The narrator was also superb.

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    Bryan Howard 08-11-16 Member Since 2012
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    "This is a true epic masterpiece."

    It is beautifully written and masterfully performed. As long as it is, it is a book you can enjoy again and again.

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    An Amazon Customer 08-03-16
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    "Outstanding Civil War History"

    This is a must read for any Civil War History buff. Foote is a master storyteller and weaves th e threads of the 1861-62 war events into a captivating narrative.

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