• Rise to Rebellion

  • A Novel of the American Revolution
  • By: Jeff Shaara
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 23 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (380 ratings)

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Rise to Rebellion

By: Jeff Shaara
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
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Publisher's Summary

Jeff Shaara dazzled audiences with his best-selling novels Gods and Generals, The Last Full Measure, and Gone for Soldiers. Now the acclaimed author who illuminated the Civil War and the Mexican-American War brilliantly brings to life the American Revolution, creating a superb saga of the men who helped to forge the destiny of a nation. 

In 1770, the fuse of revolution is lit by a fateful command - “Fire!” - as England’s peacekeeping mission ignites into the Boston Massacre. The senseless killing of civilians leads to a tumultuous trial in which lawyer John Adams must defend the very enemy who has assaulted and abused the laws he holds sacred. 

The taut courtroom drama soon broadens into a stunning epic of war as King George III leads a reckless and corrupt government in London toward the escalating abuse of his colonies. Outraged by the increasing loss of their liberties, an extraordinary gathering of America’s most inspiring characters confronts the British presence with the ideals that will change history. 

John Adams, the idealistic attorney devoted to the law, who rises to greatness by the power of his words...Ben Franklin, one of the most celebrated men of his time, the elderly and audacious inventor and philosopher who endures firsthand the hostile prejudice of the British government...Thomas Gage, the British general given the impossible task of crushing a colonial rebellion without starting an all-out war...George Washington, the dashing Virginian whose battle experience in the French and Indian War brings him the recognition that elevates him to command of a colonial army...and many other immortal names from the Founding Family of the colonial struggle - Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Joseph Warren, Samuel Adams, Richard Henry Lee - captured as never before in their full flesh-and-blood humanity. 

More than a powerful portrait of the people and purpose of the revolution, Rise to Rebellion is a vivid account of history’s most pivotal events. The Boston Tea Party, the battles of Concord and Bunker Hill - all are recreated with the kind of breathtaking detail only a master like Jeff Shaara can muster. His most impressive achievement, Rise to Rebellion reveals with new immediacy how philosophers became fighters, ideas their ammunition, and how a scattered group of colonies became the United States of America.

©2001 Jeff Shaara (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“A rousing novel recounting the events that led to the Declaration of Independence.” (The Washington Times)

“History master Jeff Shaara scores again...with historical accuracy and a you-are-there immediacy.” (The New York Post)

“A panorama of events, motivations, and emotions.... By telling the story of the American republic through this compressed cast of characters, [Shaara] creates an easy intimacy.... Here the chief eyes through which Shaara portrays history belong to Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, George Washington, and the commander of British forces in the colonies, Gen. Thomas Gage.... The binding threads of Shaara’s story are the insights he adds, through imagination and research, into the personalities that shaped events.... Engaging.” (The Christian Science Monitor)

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Perfection.

I've been sick for over a week and the only thing that's got me through is this book.
There were times I had to "snap myself out of it" when I was listening because IT WAS SO REAL. It was like you were there. Those characters felt real, like they walked right out of the page.
Can't wait to continue on to the Civil war.

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A novel style history book ?

Jeff Sharra tells you right up front what you are about to hear is going to be different. He takes his love of history research and bends it to his authorships will by telling the story by eat of a novel. the facts are all there, but he adds his interpretation of the supporting non historical detail to craft an engaging story and portrayal of the events of this new beginning.

The narrator does a convincing job of changing voice tone as each figures story is being told.. it can get a bit annoying at times but overall it does add even more interest and dimension to the story.

I'm sure many will disagree but history being told this way seemed to resonate far better with my need for understanding of the facts. it works better than 1st or even 2nd accounts of the events. If you are a history traditionalist you may find this book a but to comic book like.

I loved it

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Above average book and performance.

The book sucked me in and somewhere near the end it seemed to drag. In all fairness I think it was me listening to it distracted at work that was the problem and not the book itself. Still was more than worth the money and I would have no problem recommending with confidence to anyone interested in the subject matter.

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Outstanding!!

Excellent piece of Historical Fiction!! Jeff Shaara brings the Pre-Revolutionary Period alive for the average reader!!

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Shaara!

What a master of story telling! Jeff Shaara writes history like no other! He can make the boring seem so riveting!

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A prequel story.

As it's title says, this is the story of the rising up & events that lead to the revolutionary war. The story ends just after the declaration of independence is signed. There are parts that are less interesting where the story drags a bit. Mostly a very compelling story that gives insight to what it was like for some of the key players of the time. Bramhall is always amazing to listen to.

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Excellent story every American should read

A story of the brave, brilliant men responsible for our democracy Very relevant in light of events of Jan 6. Every American should be reminded of what many carelessly and willingly almost gave away in support of a con man with his big lie.

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Brilliant story telling of the American Revolution

Learned a lot that I didn’t know about. Narrator did a wonderful job distinguishing each character and conveying emotion. Well written detailed account of the journey to independence. Highly recommend to anyone interested in the details, people and events that lead to the Revolution.

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Historical tale told from different perspectives

I really enjoyed this book. I've read a fair amount of both fiction and non-fiction on the American Revolution but they've focused almost entirely on the colonial perspective. I appreciated the British characters in this volume and also enjoyed learning more about American figures like John Dickenson. The narrator was quite good.

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Awful. Long-winded and shallow

Hard to imagine making the Revolution less interesting. The book is overly long, mainly as a function of the author's habit of not saying anything in five words that can't be said in twenty. Everything that comes out of a character's mouth comes in a long and pompous speech. Whether it's a 16 year old boy or 60 year old man, everyone in this story talks like he's delivering a speech. And every character, from boys on the street to statesmen speak in the most florid language possible. That's what makes it unrealistic as well as tiresome. No sense that anyone in this book is a real person.

Also, full of basic historical errors. Example: the author talks in the beginning about members of Parliament entering "in their robes". In fact, he makes a big deal of the men "arriving in their robes". Where does that come from? Members of the commons do not wear robes, never have. I get that it's all fiction, but it pretends to be "historical" fiction. If he makes up stupid stuff, how accurate can the rest be?

Sorry I spent any time with this one.