The Red Badge of Courage

Narrated by: Michael Scott
Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Classics, World Literature
4 out of 5 stars (122 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This story is about a young soldier, Henry Fleming, fighting in the American Civil War. It is a vivid and stark portrayal of war on the human psyche, interspersed with symbolic imagery and biblical metaphors. The story realistically portrays the young soldier's physical and psychological struggles after fleeing from his first encounter with a battle. He returns to his regiment to become a strong soldier and even taking on the task of the flag bearer in the final battle.

Though Stephen Crane had never been in any combat situations, his interviews with a wide number of veterans enabled him to create this novel, widely regarded as a unusually realistic depiction of a young man in battle.

©2018 Stephen Crane (P)2018 AB Books

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Problematic narrator

the novel itself is beautifully written and moving but this particular narrator distracted from the story. He has a strange manner of speaking, almost robot like, and mispronounces words or pronounces them oddly. For example he says the word grown as a two syllable word and when he was supposed to say condescension he said condensation, which really threw me! I'm inspired by the writing to read the novel on my own but I don't recommend this particular performance.

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The narrator is just so damn awful

I’m pretty sure the narrator doesn’t understand stories or how to read them out loud. He definitely doesn’t understand tone and inflection.... it’s obvious that he struggles with the idea of when to pause and when not to.
I have had some audiobooks with not-so-great narrators before, but this is the first time that I’ve had a narrator so bad that i couldn’t push through and finish the book. In fact, it was so painful that I didn’t even finish the third chapter.

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The voice sounds like a robot!

I had to download a different version because the voice sounded like a robot. The ordinance wasn't bad but the recording was horrible.

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You have been warned

I thought I could handle the poor narrator, but this guy is terrible. He even fails to pause at the start of a new chapter and just plows through it like it is just part of the sentence. Do yourself a favor and buy the more expensive version.

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Kasey Kasem reads Stephen Crane

A truly great story (novella?), an icon of American literature, ruined by a narrator that sounds remarkably like Kasey Kasem's interjections between songs on his radio show. Michael Scott's staccato delivery and a tone inappropriate for the story kept me from getting a full chapter in before exchanging this one.

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Gives you the insight about feelings during battle

Enjoyed the narration; easy to listen to. Fascinating battle insights ot the characters in battle.

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A Bland Reading of Boredom

Michael Scott reads like he is the teacher from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Dull, boring.

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The Red Badge of Courage

Are you going to read many chapters in this book before you know what the red badge of courage actually means. This book is the reflection of a young man in the American Civil War. And we see the horrors of war through the eyes of this young man. It’s an excellent read which you will enjoy it.

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Most boring Summer Homework

I struggled to finish this treacherous book and died of boredom several times. Thanks, highschool!

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Bad monotone narration

Couldn’t listen to the whole book, the narration was so bad. Maybe the story is good... I will try again if there is one with a different narrator.