Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers

The Texas Victory That Changed American History
Narrated by: Brian Kilmeade
Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: History, American
4.5 out of 5 stars (527 ratings)

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The New York Times best seller, now with a new epilogue

In March 1836, the Mexican army led by General Santa Anna massacred more than 200 Texians who had been trapped in the Alamo. After 13 days of fighting, American legends Jim Bowie and Davey Crockett died there, along with other Americans who had moved to Texas looking for a fresh start. It was a crushing blow to Texas' fight for freedom.

But the story doesn’t end there. The defeat galvanized the Texian settlers, and under General Sam Houston’s leadership, they rallied. Six weeks after the Alamo, Houston and his band of settlers defeated Santa Anna’s army in a shocking victory, winning the independence for which so many had died.

Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers recaptures this pivotal war that changed America forever and sheds light on the tightrope all war heroes walk between courage and calculation. Thanks to Kilmeade’s storytelling, a new generation of listeners will remember the Alamo - and recognize the lesser-known heroes who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

©2019 Brian Kilmeade (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“A gripping, pulse-pounding tale that’ll have you turning the pages faster than you can say, ‘Remember the Alamo!’ Nobody does history like Brian Kilmeade!” (Brad Thor, author of Backlash and Use of Force

“In this thrilling book, Brian Kilmeade reimagines Houston’s bold life as a frontiersman, war fighter, and statesman for a new age.” (Marcus Luttrell, retired Navy SEAL and author of Lone Survivor)

“Every page sparkles with historical insights, fine writing, and fast-paced, Western-style action. A must-read!” (Douglas Brinkley, author of American Moonshot)

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Gotta talk like Texans

Loved the story. Well researched. However, you must learn to say Brazos like a Texan to be considered trustworthy.

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The writing is great - the presentation was not.

It took me 4 tries to get into the story. The presenter, who is also the author, did not present it well. The phrasing was stilted and emphasis on words sporadic.
It was very well written and I would buy the book and read it again.

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Love book & author, but hire a narrator

I really like the book & Kilmeafe, but the tempo & rhythm of his reading takes away from the story. Every time I start to get lost I the story (which I should), he has a pause or breath in a sentence or phrase that should not have any kind of break in it. That breaks the train of thought, interferes with information continuity & distracts from the great story. Again, I REALLY like the author, but I would enjoy the story more with a different reader.

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Content Good, Narration...umm.

If you have done extensive research on this topic, which clearly you have, you really need to learn how to pronounce the places and names you are referencing. It takes away from your credibility greatly. If a Texan reads the book they will be highly distracted by the pronunciations. If someone is listening to this book that doesn’t know this story or places now you have now taught them incorrectly. Story was good. Narrator cadence and pronunciations made it very frustrating to complete.

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Inspiring biography. Well worth the read (or listen)

Brian Kilmeade is a master storyteller and well researched in his coverage of American hero Sam Houston and the Alamo tragedy. Kilmeade’s audio version is genuine; his historical detail highlights the successes, and failures, of Houston. Transparency and thoroughness matter in biographies and Brian Kilmeade makes the mark across the board. Buy this book and audio edition because they’re worth the price point and knowledge you’ll receive. The dedication to Kilmeade’s mom, and Houston’s mother’s quotes, meant a lot, too. They’re both gentlemen and class acts. Make sure you share with your kids and grandkids. This is a book that matters.

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just because you wrote it you don't have to tell i

narrator was terrible mispronounce several of the names of Texas also have loud annoying voice sounds like a wrestling announcer if the subject wasn't so good I had to quit it within the first chapter

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This is a Short Summary of Accounts<br />

This book is just a summary of the accounts that led to the Texas Independence and becoming its own country. If one is unfamiliar with the war for the Independence of Texas then this is a good book for you to become familiar with some of the players. But if one is interested in the complications as to what led up to the people (to include Mexicans) of the Mexican state of Texas into revolt there are much more detailed and better historical books available. What spurred on the Texan revolt is more important and complicated than the war.

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A proud Texans’s perspective ; this is how we roll.


I was grateful that this book was written to share the story of my beloved state. I was pleased to discover some fine details that I did not learn in my 6th grade Texas history class, nor by my personal research over the years.

This book captured the spirit of Texans as we are - still to this day. I see this time and time again when disaster strikes our state : hurricanes, horrific fires, etc. Texans don’t wait for the federal government’s help- we roll up our sleeves - men and women of every race, ethnicity , religion, sexual orientation , etc , and begin to help rebuild and restore - immediately.

We are a proud people. This book sheds some insight as to where that comes from.

The only reason it’s not a five star review is the narration. I have a feeling that a native Texan was not consulted on the pronunciation of names of people and places.

Additionally, I think Kilmeade is a great guy and have enjoyed his presence on tv for many years. However, I felt as if someone was reading to me as a school-aged child. His reading was passionate, but the tone and pace was not what I’d expected .

Nonetheless , I do highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Texas and/or wants to learn more about her.

Thank you Brian for this book.

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Enjoyable historical listen

Great for anyone, young or old to fill in their historical appetite in and enjoyable story.

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Great Historical Texas History!

Bought the Book as well as the Audio Book. Mr. Kilmead definitely did his homework. The history and factual accounts of The Alamo and The Heroes who fought and died for our Great State were very interesting and kept me hungry for more!