Jack Hinson's One-Man War

Narrated by: David Colacci
Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (591 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A quiet, wealthy plantation owner, Jack Hinson watched the start of the Civil War with disinterest. Opposed to secession and a friend to Union and Confederate commanders alike, he did not want a war. After Union soldiers seized and murdered his sons, placing their decapitated heads on the gateposts of his estate, Hinson could remain indifferent no longer. He commissioned a special rifle for long-range accuracy, he took to the woods, and he set out for revenge.

This remarkable biography presents the story of Jack Hinson, a lone Confederate sniper who, at the age of 57, waged a personal war on Grant's army and navy. The result of 15 years of scholarship, this meticulously researched work is the only account of Hinson's life ever recorded and involves an unbelievable cast of characters, including the Earp brothers, Jesse James, and Nathan Bedford Forrest.

©2009 Tom C. McKenney (P)2016 Tantor

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Ponderous

Incredibly boring. This book sould be 2 chapters. Never gets to the point. Never gets to the story. The author states that there is very little documentation to this tale therefore most of the book is supposition. The author goes on and on with insignificant descriptions of irrelevance in order to give this story added volume in a attempt to disguise from the reader the absolute absence of any actual documentation.

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Amazing everyone should know this story

Where does Jack Hinson's One-Man War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the very top of my non fiction list. I can not praise the author enough for his research and ability to turn that into the story of Jack Hinson and everything that went on around him during that tragic time in history.

What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

He is a excellent narrator and perfect for this story, listen and I'm sure you will agree.

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I can't believe I've never heard of the story about Jack Hinson it really is almost to hard to believe but it really is fact. Even if your not a fan of history this is a real page turner one of those American history events you should really read about for yourself.

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  • 01-17-17

Historically accurate Nonfiction as captivating as Author's prose

As a special forces veteran, kudos to the author for his captivating writing style, history research, and insight into combat and sniper TTP - all intricate to this little known piece of the Civil War. Also: outstanding narration.

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not great

interesting information is in this book but the length of this book could have been cut in half. the repeated sentences in this story was tedious. however, the story is good

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Interesting story; editor badly needed

What would have made Jack Hinson's One-Man War better?

This was a five hour book, crammed in 14.5 hours. Endless repetitions, foreshadowing and poor structure screamed for a serious edit.

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

Should have been one-third the length, and kept to the central story.

What aspect of David Colacci’s performance would you have changed?

Narration was fine.

What character would you cut from Jack Hinson's One-Man War?

Everything in the first 4.5 hours could go.

Any additional comments?

I suspect this was written as a shorter piece, and lengthened to make it seem more commercial. Author did some serious research, but was clueless about how to weave it into the narrative. That's what a good editor is for; none apparently involved here.

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So much potential...lost

This was a great story that could have been a great book. Unfortunately the level of detail invested into issues and insights that have no basis in historical fact (the author explains this thoroughly in the introduction and first chapter) made this very tiresome. Those details also only caused the story to drag along rather than leading us into any narrative. I was halfway through the book before the first assassination takes place. I was very disappointed.

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Great story with perfect narration

Overall a great story - it draws you into Jack Hinson's world and holds you there to the end. David Colacci has to now be my favourite narrator, with a soothing voice, perfect English, and a pace that is just right.

The things about the book I didn't like was that there were many redundant parts - phrases that were repeated to the degree I thought I'd accidentally rewound. Also, more than half the book was the set up and backdrop of the story, with little on Jack's story until the last half. Finally, there is a sometimes not too subtle southern bias in the story that at times makes you raise your eyebrows, but if you keep reading it passes.

Overall, a comoelling story with a brilliant narration, and well worth the read.

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Loved it.

Great story about a little known historical figure that deserves to be brought out into the light.

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Very interesting story about an interesting man.

Very informative book about the times, people, and the agony of war. The amount of facts in this book along with a great story makes for a great listen!

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Just the facts please ma’am...

The author prefaces the book by stating that almost no information has survived regarding Hinson and his singlehanded mission of revenge against Union forces.

The book begins well but as things progress McKenney increasingly attributes thoughts, feelings, and actions to Hinson that are guesses at best and complete fiction at worst.

If you like your non-fiction untainted by guesses and supposition you’ll probably be better off avoiding this one.

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