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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (481 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Harrigan Narrator: Henry Leyva Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The time is 1836. At the center of a canvas crowded with Mexicans and Americans, with Karankawa and Comanche Indians, with settlers of many nationalities, stand three people whose fortunes quickly become our urgent concern: Edmund McGowan, a naturalist of towering courage and intellect, whose life's work is threatened by the war against Mexico and whose character is tested by his own dangerous pride; Mary Mott, a widowed innkeeper on the Texas coast, a determined and resourceful woman; and her 16-year-old son Terrell, whose first shattering experience with love leads him instead to war, and into the crucible of the Alamo.

As Edmund McGowan and Mary Mott take off in pursuit of Terrell and follow him into the fortress, the powerful but wary attraction between them deepens. And the listener is drawn with them into the harrowing days of the battle itself.

Filled with dramatic scenes, abounding in fictional and historical personalities - among them James Bowie, David Crockett, and William Travis - The Gates of the Alamo enfolds us in history, and through its remarkable and passionate storytelling allows us to participate at last in an American legend. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kerry Gavin | 2/18/2014

    " Fine Historical background. A great tale that gives a real sense of what it might be like for the ordinary person to be swept up in something totally extraordinary. A broader view of Texas and it's history than is usually seen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kelly | 2/17/2014

    " It avoids the "Well hello Sam Houston! I'm Davy Crockett!" and gives a more realistic portrayal of the battle of the Alamo. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kristie | 2/2/2014

    " This is a great "learning" book about Texas history. It was a captivating story and also a little gruesome in the details. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sue Hastings | 1/31/2014

    " I grew up in San Antonio, but Steve had me there in a way I'd never been before. I thought I knew Texas history, but he gave me the living, breathing variety. "

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