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The Battle of Gettysburg - the turning point of the American Civil War - would, in the words of one staff officer, stand "like Waterloo, conspicuous in the history of all ages." In this stirring production, adapted from the New York Times’ award-winning online journal and Audible audiobook Disunion, we revisit the meaning and importance of the battle that forever changed US history. Timed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the battle which took place over several days starting July 1st, 1863, Why Gettysburg Mattered concludes with an inspiring performance of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

©2013 The New York Times (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • scott
  • Columbia, Moldova, Republic of
  • 06-14-15

Nicely done

Considering having only 15 minutes, I believe the idea that the Civil War produced two essential products was enunciated--the democratic experiment of a continent sized Country could remain indivisible and second all people are created equal.

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Good addendum to the "big" book

Nice wrap up to the entire story and a pleasant gift to Audible subscribers! Gives the heart of the battle a nice finish.

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An Eye Opener

Sadly, my hithertofore retained knowledge of the "history of the Civil War" is pretty much from Gone With the Wind.There was a battle of Gettysburg? Really? I didn't remember Rhett or Scarlett being there.

My exposure to the Gettysburg Address consisted of school days memorizing of the first part of the speech - "Four score and seven years ago..." and wondering what the heck a score was (yup, got it, thanks!).

This short presentation was fascinating, and even though I listened to it with only half an ear, it was a real eye opener to what I've turned a blind eye to all my life. This audio production was short enough and lively enough to engage my attention and get that I really should learn more about the political climate and the course of the war between the states, to have a better concept of what the heck is going on these days in politics.

I will be re-listening to this several times I expect.

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Didn't work for me

I'm not that deep into history, so it was something of a stretch to think I'd like this one. However, Gettysburg was a pretty big deal and the book was free, so I thought I'd give it a try.

The story and narration were okay I guess, but I just couldn't get myself to stay with it.

Bottom line, if you're not into history you probably won't enjoy this book. If you're into history, it might be a good one and it's probably worth your time to try it.

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Great summary.

This is a great summary of the Gettysburg fight. Also includes the Gettysburg address. I enjoyed it very much.

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  • Kat
  • United States
  • 01-07-15

Gettysburg

What made the experience of listening to Why Gettysburg Mattered: 150 Years Later (Bonus Material: The Gettysburg Address) the most enjoyable?

The history behind it and the Gettysburg Address reading at the end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This was a reading and a lesson in history, so there was not really per say a character. This was more of a telling of the characters who played a part in history, and the shaping of our country.

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Brother against brother, the civil war was one of the bloodiest wars fought. With the loss of life on both sides, the war was a personal one. For it was a war fought on our own lands against our own neighbors. The audiobook touches on Gettysburg, and why after all of these years, it still holds meaning, its importance and significance, and of course the Gettysburg Address. The narrators, Mark Boyett and Kevin Pariseau did a fantastic job. The audiobook is an interesting and telling listen.

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  • Carroll
  • Hilo, HI, United States
  • 12-04-13

An insightful short history

Like so many "larger than life" events, Gettysburg is misunderstood to anyone who only had to memorize the address in grade school!!!! A well written, short summary of the critical aspects ends with that speech that defines why the public awes soldier's ability to sacrifice.

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  • DK
  • 07-11-13

An interesting reminder into this historical event

Would you try another book from Allen C. Guelzo and/or Mark Boyett and Kevin Pariseau ?

Probably not. I'm not a reader of historical opinion.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

No spoilers! Any student of history knows the ending.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Mark Boyett and Kevin Pariseau ?

Perhaps, it was not outstanding nor terrible.

Could you see Why Gettysburg Mattered: 150 Years Later (Bonus Material: The Gettysburg Address) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

A nice gift from Audible-thanks!

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  • Marc
  • Centerville, UT, United States
  • 07-05-13

And then...

I feel bad rating this so low because I love history and historical books, but this never got going. It wasn't a proper short story, and even as a NYT article, it didn't go anywhere. A few impressive quotes does not a story make!

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  • Brad
  • Bethany, OK, United States
  • 10-11-13

Doesn't really tell you that much

What disappointed you about Why Gettysburg Mattered: 150 Years Later (Bonus Material: The Gettysburg Address)?

Not real indepth Just skims over what happened

What could Allen C. Guelzo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Make it more in depth

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

yes

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Why Gettysburg Mattered: 150 Years Later (Bonus Material: The Gettysburg Address)?

I don't know

Any additional comments?

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1 of 3 people found this review helpful