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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (31,327 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Shaara Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2004 ISBN: 9780739309063
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A reissue of a Pulitzer prize-winning classic, and now the major motion picture GETTYSBURG. As a result of these acclamations, this book is considered one of the greatest novels written on the Civil War.


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Quotes & Awards

  • My favorite historical novel . . . A superb re-creation of the Battle of Gettysburg, but its real importance is its insight into what the war was about, and what it meant. JAMES M. MCPHERSON
    Author of Battle Cry of Freedom
  • Remarkable . . . A book that changed my life . . . I had never visited Gettysburg, knew almost nothing about that battle before I read the book, but here it all came alive. KEN BURNS
    Filmmaker, The Civil War
  • Shaara carries [the reader] swiftly and dramatically to a climax as exciting as if it were being heard for the first time. The Seattle Times
  • The best and most realistic historical novel about war I have ever read. GENERAL H. NORMAN SCHWARZKOPF
  • Winner of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony Helies | 2/6/2014

    " an amazing story of the battle of Gettysburg. Short fast reading and a brilliiant depiction of some of the main characters of the Civil War. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 2/3/2014

    " This was my third attempt to read this book, which is definitely a well-written account of the Battle of Gettysburg. There were just too darned many characters and too much battle detail--it just wearied me. I think it's a man's book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L Morgan | 1/18/2014

    " 10 word review: the definitive reader for Gettysburg, should be required for HS "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 1/18/2014

    " I did cry at the end; where it was written about Chamberlain after the war in Gettysburg. His respect and love of mankind was evident in his conduct towards all men. My favourite war hero was Chamberlain. I did have a hard time understanding the southern men. I found them to be prideful and egotistical. I went into this book knowing little about the civil war, and its soldiers, so I did have to keep referring to the front of the book where it described the men. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Cooperstein | 1/16/2014

    " A hell of a book. Not just for historians/war enthusiasts either. I'm pretty sure I want to name my son in honor of Joshua Chamberlain after reading this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/15/2014

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this book! If you enjoy history, especially the Civil War this is a must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 1/6/2014

    " Excellent story of Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine and the Battle of Gettysburg!! Seeing the Gettysburg battlefield after reading this really brought a greater understanding of what both armies encountered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 1/3/2014

    " Books like this are a treat for fans of historical fiction. This belongs on the same shelf as Shelby Foote's histories; it's essential. Though not quite a shame that the movie Gettysburg is built on Shaara's foundation, I do have trouble separating images of that movie from the much richer picture Shaara achieves in Angels. Gettysburg is one of the most significant battles in American history, and the Killer Angels does it credit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudeen Lyle | 12/30/2013

    " Incredible read that brings the Civil War to life. No war book has ever captured my interest like this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia | 12/29/2013

    " The Battle of Gettysburg. Shaara breaks down the action and the players day by day and sets the scene for one of the most important battles in history. Chapters alternate between the Union and the Confederate voices. You feel like you are there. An important book for anyone interested in the topic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen Kiernan | 12/27/2013

    " The great Civil War novel, ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 12/26/2013

    " Read this in college wasnt too excited about it but it brought the Civil War to life for me. I still as a matter of fact have the copy of this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike Thomas | 12/26/2013

    " Not my style of history "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenneth Prochnow | 12/14/2013

    " This book defines what it is to be an American man of courage and conviction. Everything about who we were and are was on display at Gettysburg, and has reverberated through our politics and wars and social upheavals ever since. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 12/14/2013

    " This is an intensely powerful book. I read this book and feel like I was a witness to the events in early July 1863. The characters are described so well and painted so boldly, I wish to meet them. Especially General Longstreet and Colonel Chamberlain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 k e | 10/10/2013

    " Compelling look at the Civil War battle of Gettysburg. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Smith | 6/6/2013

    " Read this for Book Club. Would not have read it otherwise. The first half was hard to get through, but then there was more dialogue and relationships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 5/9/2013

    " Simply the BEST Civil War book. One of the best books period. Exciting read. Schools should make this a mandatory read instead of Red Badge of Courage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenton | 4/27/2013

    " Excellent book that really helps bring you into the battle of Gettysburg. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lily | 4/17/2013

    " Much appreciated this read on the Civil War battle at Gettysburg. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Calandra | 11/3/2012

    " It was an action-packed, emotional read ; one of the best novels I've ever read in my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dominick Tota | 9/23/2012

    " I absolutely loved this book. I'm a sucker for war novels, but I really enjoyed how Shaara got into the minds of the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresafic | 7/23/2012

    " I loved this book. Not a book I would have picked- read it for the book club. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith Slade | 6/3/2012

    " My favorite historical novel of all time. The story of the Gettysburg battle from several points of view. I first read it in 1974, I think, but then read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mick | 1/5/2012

    " I have studied the Civil War all my life but this a book that gave me a real feel for the most important battle waged on this continent "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 12/23/2011

    " interesting to read what men might have been thinking at that time. Good book "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Justin | 12/19/2011

    " This is going to sound so lame. Honestly, I probably would have loved the book if I could follow all those names and historical things about the Civil War, but I just couldn't focus enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brigitte | 11/7/2011

    " Great book to read after reading "Company Aych". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 7/1/2011

    " When my son and I were reading this, Harrisburg PA was reading it too, as part of a city-wide reading project commemorating the Civil War. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 6/2/2011

    " This makes some of the personalities of Gettysburg come to life. I was able to picture some of the action in a way I haven't understood before. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 5/30/2011

    " Some people will probably love it, but in my opinion, it is dry and very very boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cumberland Co. | 5/27/2011

    " This book was chosen for the launch of "One Book, Two Counties" in 2002 - a joint reading program between Cumberland and Dauphin Counties. It included reading the book, book discussions, programs surrounding the book, and appearances by the author's son, Jeff Shaara. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 5/26/2011

    " My favourite novel of all time, heartbreaking, compelling, and extraordinary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 5/20/2011

    " Best historical fiction I have read. Well-researched. Examines the military and political motives of the North and South leaders during the the battle of Gettysburg - worst battle of the Civil War (over 50,000 deaths in 3 days). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 5/19/2011

    " Fascinating evocation of the Battle at Gettysburg, beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/9/2011

    " Would have never expected to enjoy a read like this but I really did and didn't put it down until I finished it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rona | 5/3/2011

    " Great book! Gave me insights into the battle of Gettysburg I plan to visit later this month. Great book for any Civil War history buff, especially in this the 150th anniversary of the start of the "War Between the States." "

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About the Author

Michael Shaara (1928 – 1988) was born in Jersey City in 1928 and graduated from Rutgers University in 1951. His early science fiction short stories were published in Galaxy magazine in 1952. He later began writing other works of fiction and published more than seventy short stories in many magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, and Redbook. His first novel, The Broken Place, was published in 1968. But it was a simple family vacation to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1966 that gave him the inspiration for his greatest achievement, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Killer Angels, published in 1974. Michael Shaara went on to write two more novels, The Noah Conspiracy and For Love of the Game, which was published posthumously after his death in 1988.

About the Narrator

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End. His audiobook narration has won him fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards.