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The Glorious Cause: A Novel of the American Revolution Audiobook

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,380 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey M. Shaara Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Rise to Rebellion, bestselling author Jeff Shaara captured the origins of the American Revolution as brilliantly as he depicted the Civil War in Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure. Now he continues the amazing saga of how thirteen colonies became a nation, taking the conflict from kingdom and courtroom to the bold and bloody battlefields of war.

It was never a war in which the outcome was obvious. Despite their spirit and stamina, the colonists were outmanned and outfought by the brazen British army. General George Washington found his troops trounced in the battles of Brooklyn and Manhattan and retreated toward Pennsylvania. With the future of the colonies at its lowest ebb, Washington made his most fateful decision: to cross the Delaware River and attack the enemy. The stunning victory at Trenton began a saga of victory and defeat that concluded with the British surrender at Yorktown, a moment that changed the history of the world.

The despair and triumph of America’s first great army is conveyed in scenes as powerful as any Shaara has written, a story told from the points of view of some of the most memorable characters in American history. There is George Washington, the charismatic leader who held his army together to achieve an unlikely victory; Charles Cornwallis, the no-nonsense British general, more than a match for his colonial counterpart; Nathaniel Greene, who rose from obscurity to become the finest battlefield commander in Washington’s army; The Marquis de Lafayette, the young Frenchman who brought a soldier’s passion to America; and Benjamin Franklin, a brilliant man of science and philosophy who became the finest statesman of his day.

From Nathan Hale to Benedict Arnold, William Howe to “Light Horse” Harry Lee, from Trenton and Valley Forge, Brandywine and Yorktown, the American Revolution’s most immortal characters and poignant moments are brought to life in remarkable Shaara style. Yet, The Glorious Cause is more than just a story of the legendary six-year struggle. It is a tribute to an amazing people who turned ideas into action and fought to declare themselves free. Above all, it is a riveting novel that both expands and surpasses its beloved author’s best work.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Courtney | 2/14/2014

    " Fascinating look at the key men during the Revolutionary War...particularly Washington and Cornwallis. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Monica Perez | 2/13/2014

    " This guy just doesn't hold a candle to his father. I read a few of his books before I read Killer Angels and I enjoyed them, then after reading that Pulitzer Prize winner, I couldn't read the son again. Too bad for me, because I love the subject matter. Maybe I'll try again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Preston | 2/1/2014

    " Another stupendous novel by Jeff Shaara. I feel like my insight into American History has greatly improved due to his well written novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Annie | 1/23/2014

    " I'm just not a war girl. "

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About the Author

Jeff Shaara is the New York Times bestselling author of A Blaze of Glory, The Final Storm, No Less Than Victory, The Steel Wave, The Rising Tide, To the Last Man, The Glorious Cause, Rise to Rebellion, and Gone for Soldiers, as well as Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure—two novels that complete the Civil War trilogy that began with his father’s Pulitzer Prize–winning classic, The Killer Angels. Shaara was born into a family of Italian immigrants in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.