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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (83 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nick Taylor Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It is April 17, 1861—the day Virginia secedes from the Union and the sixteenth birthday of John Alan Muro. As the Commonwealth erupts in celebration, young Muro sees his dream of attending medical school in Philadelphia shattered by the sudden reality of war.

Muro’s father, believing that the disagreement will pass, sends his son instead to Charlottesville. Jefferson’s forty-year-old University of Virginia has become a haven of rogues and dilettantes, among them Muro’s roommate, Braxton Baucom III, a planter’s son who attempts to strike a resemblance to General “Stonewall” Jackson. Though the pair toasts lightheartedly “to our studies!” with a local corn whiskey known as “the Bumbler,” the war effort soon exerts a sobering influence. Medical students like Muro are pressed into service at the Charlottesville General Hospital, where the inexperienced Dr. Muro saves the life of a Northern lieutenant, earning the scorn of his peers.

As the war progresses, Muro takes up yet another cause—winning the affections of the beguiling Miss Lorrie Wigfall. Here, too, Muro faces a cunning adversary. Just as the fighting is closing in, Muro is forced to make a choice that will shape the rest of his life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In this dazzling debut novel, a young Virginia medical student must choose between family and ambition in the crucible of the American Civil War…Seductive, authentic, and unforgettable, The Disagreement is an instant classic.”

    Ian Caldwell, author of The Rule of Four

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nick | 7/19/2013

    " It was a good read. A bit disjointed in places, but manages to pull together at the end. If you like American Civil War fiction, this should be on your tier-two list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kerry | 2/1/2013

    " Excellent fiction, with great historical accuracy which is very important to me. Reminds me of "the widow of the south". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hal | 1/15/2013

    " The American Civil War "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Annette | 6/17/2012

    " High expectations... very disappointing... "

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About the Author

Nick Taylor is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Virginia. His debut novel, The Disagreement , won the 2009 Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War Fiction. Taylor is currently an associate professor of English at San Jose State University.