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"[The Civil War] is everything we have come to expect from the practiced hand of Bruce Catton: scholarly, judicious, clear, and unfailingly interesting. It would be difficult to find a better introduction to the Civil War than this book.

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For a person seeking a single volume to serve as a captivating introduction and a dependable guide through all the maze of battles and issues of the Civil War, this is an audiobook without parallel. Bruce Catton understood the Civil War - its participants and battles - and he unfolds it with skill and simplicity. Of all historians past and present, Bruce Catton ranks among the best.
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  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Keith
  • 2003/08/11

The American Civil War

Having visited the Civil War battle ground to the NE of Atlanta on my last visit to the States I thought I could learn more through this book.

I found the information contained within to be excellent and very thorough, spoiled only by an inferior sound quality that at times had an incredible amount of low frequency bass boost.

If you are able to put up with this annoying inconvenience, the listener is well rewarded.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Mark Grannis
  • 2004/09/16

Great for general interest

This is a very good basic history of the Civil War. I suspect that it would leave most hard-core Civil War buffs a little cold, because it does not contain a lot of blow-by-blow narration of each battle, nor is there minute analysis of the military tactics. One might say that this is the war as Lincoln would have seen it rather than as Grant or McClellan or Lee did.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Paul
  • 2002/12/16

good book, fair sound

The book was great, but I found the sound a bit hard to understand at times (fuzzy). Not one of their better quality recordings. (Listened to the highest quality version on an iPod; never had this problem before.)
The reader also had an unfortunate "professor-like" voice that didn't help.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Andrea P.
  • 2009/08/16

Excellent overview of the Civil War

This book provides an excellent overview of the Civil War. Adults seeking a relatively quick summary of personalities, battles, and social, economic, and political forces would do well to listen to this book. The pace of the book gives the listener a little taste of everything without dwelling too long on any one event. I was especially thankful that this book did not included detailed battle descriptions (troop movements, charges, etc), though overviews of important battles were included. With regard to the narrator, I think the Audible clip is not representative of the tone he takes through the entire book. I thought the narration was fine if a little lacking in inflection at first. I highly recommend the audio version of this book.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • JimLyonSTL
  • 2015/09/28

Great introduction to the civil war

Much less detailed than the epic tombs from Foote and McPherson, and Catton himself. This is a great macro level overview of the war but I found his more interpretive discussions of the soldier and post war attitude also compelling. The story he weaved was much less technical than other authors.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Orange
  • 2021/01/08

Wrong narrator

The book is very, very well written, but someone chose the wrong narrator for this book. Although he’s well accomplished, his voice and delivery is better suited to a book about economics.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Nancy Scricca
  • 2020/10/13

Worst narration I’ve heard on audible

I’m only about 1/3 through, but might have to give up because of how motonous and disinterested the narrator sounds. The material is fairly interesting but I could’ve copy and pasted the book’s text into a text-to-speech app and gotten a more compelling narration

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • James
  • 2019/11/25

A Good Overview

This book provides valuable information and analysis of the political, economic, and strategic components of The Civil War, but few tactical details. I did not particularly enjoy the narration.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Paul U.
  • 2019/10/04

ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!

THE WAY THAT BRUCE CATTON SUMMARIZES HIS 3 VOLUME WORK IS MASTERFUL. HE BOILS IT DOWN TO THE ESSENTIALS A ,AND

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tubulchain
  • 2019/05/23

Awful narration but good story

Catton is great but narrator sounded like a computer generated voice from Speak and Spell. Almost asked for my money back. Can you get your money back from Audible???

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ben
  • 2009/06/14

Excellently Read and Well Written

This is a fast paced book that covers all the main areas required to get a good understanding of the military working of the American Civil War. The reader of this book is excellent and it really helps. I listened to it all within a few days and found I retained most the information read to me (a rare treat for me!). If this is your thing, this is your book!

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Marcus
  • 2010/11/27

Good short history of the civil war

I enjoyed this book. It gave an excellent overall account of the causes and course of the war. It never got bogged down in the details of the battles but concentrated on the tactical and strategic significance. I was concerned at first that as the book was written 50 years ago that it may seem dated, but never had that feeling when listening to it.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dr Stephen Thomas
  • 2020/09/24

Moving account of the heroism and folly of a unique war

In this superbly balanced and insightful account of the American Civil War, the author Bruce Catton does full justice to the complexities and ambiguities of the war in superb detail. Written and read in a warm and familiar, almost folksy tone, it covers the root causes of the war and its long-term consequences. The book conveys the often confused military situations and frequently flawed generals, contrasting the competence and determination of the two generals who would rise to the top and after a grim and fascinating struggle, conclude the matter in an amazingly civilised fashion, reflecting their shared wisdom. A great account of a great event, this account bears repeated reading.