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3.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 5 3.70 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeff Shaara Narrator: Stephen Lang Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2003 ISBN: 9780553756418
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The story of Gods and Generals begins with Michael Shaara, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic The Killer Angels. A native of New Jersey, Michael Shaara grew to be an adventurous young man: over the years, he found work as a sailor, a paratrooper, a policeman, and an English professor at Florida State University. In 1952, his son Jeff was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Michael's interest in Gettysburg was prompted by some letters written by his great-grandfather, who had been wounded at the great battle while serving with the 4th Georgia Infantry. In 1966, he took his family on a vacation to the battlefield and found himself moved.

In 1970, Michael Shaara returned to Gettysburg with his son Jeff. The pair crisscrossed the historic site, gathering detailed information for the father's novel-in-progress. In 1974, the novel was published with the title The Killer Angels. This gripping fictional account of the three bloody days at Gettysburg won Michael Shaara a Pulitzer Prize and a vast, appreciative audience. To date it has sold two million copies.

When Michael Shaara died in 1988, his son Jeff began to manage his literary estate. It was a legacy he knew well, having helped his father create it. When director Ron Maxwell filmed the movie Gettysburg, based on The Killer Angels, he asked Jeff to serve as a consultant. Maxwell encouraged Shaara to continue the story his father began; inspired, Jeff planned an ambitious trilogy, with The Killer Angels as the centerpiece, following the war from its origins to its end.

With Gods and Generals, Jeff Shaara gives fans of The Killer Angels everything they could have asked--an epic, brilliantly written saga that brings the nation's greatest conflict to life. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Historical detail and depth of character carry the book, which examines the viewpoints and vulnerabilities of one of the most fascinating collections of military minds ever assembled on a single battlefront. Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Shaara has created human beings of the myths and cold facts. St. Petersburg Times
  • Powerful . . . Though the story of the Civil War has been told many times, this is the rare version that conveys what it must have felt like. Chicago Sun-Times
  • Compelling . . . a work of vivid drama and skill. The Dallas Morning News
  • [Jeff] Shaara’s beautifully sensitive novel delves deeply in the empathetic realm of psycho-history, where enemies do not exist—just mortal men forced to make crucial decisions and survive on the same battlefield. San Francisco Chronicle
  • Winner of the 1997 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/18/2011

    " A wonderful recount in easy to read and understand language, Gods and Generals tells of the difficult conditions of the first years of the Civil War. Anyone with an interest in Civil War history will gain from this well researched and written true story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 5/8/2011

    " This is historical fiction done well. It is interesting how one man can do so well with a novel (Michael Shaara) and then his son (Jeff Shaara) can equal or surpass his father in writing the same genre book (Civil War historical fiction). Read both! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 NaDell | 4/8/2011

    " I got about 100 pages into this nearly 500 page book when it was due back to the library. I may try again another time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 3/7/2011

    " After you read The Killer Angels, read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 2/26/2011

    " Great book. Takes a while to develop but great portrayal of civil war characters. My favorite of all was
    General Lee. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.J.K. | 1/9/2011

    " Saw the movie, and read the book. Liked both. Shaara is a very descriptive writer. You can almost remove yourself from where you are and put yourself in the book. I love war history. His writing is tops!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Salsadancer | 12/21/2010

    " The period November 1858 - June 1863 focusing primarily on Stonewall Jackson and Robt. E. Lee in northern Virginia looks into the souls of the major players. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 12/13/2010

    " Jeff is my favorite author, bar none. This is an excellent book for anyone wanting to learn about Civil War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 11/22/2010

    " This was a book that looked at battles of the civil war from the point of view of four generals from both sides of the fighting. The events of the civil war is so very sad. The generals were very close to God and their counsel came in time to help through a personal challenge. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal | 11/15/2010

    " I'm glad I read it, to put The Killer Angels in perspective, but MAN is this a depressing book. "

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About the Narrator

Stephen Lang is a Tony Award–nominated actor who has made a name for himself on stages both at home and abroad. Perhaps most well-known for his role in James Cameron’s Avatar, his other film credits include The Men Who Stare at Goats, Public Enemies, Tombstone, and many more.