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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,405 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: E. L. Doctorow Narrator: Joe Morton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9780739321362
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In 1864, after Union General William Tecumseh Sherman burned Atlanta, he marched his sixty thousand troops east through Georgia to the sea, and then up into the Carolinas. The army fought off Confederate forces and lived off the land, pillaging the Southern plantations, taking cattle and crops for their own, demolishing cities, and accumulating a borne-along population of freed blacks and white refugees until all that remained was the dangerous transient life of the uprooted, the dispossessed, and the triumphant. Only a master novelist could so powerfully and compassionately render the lives of those who marched.

The author of Ragtime, City of God, and The Book of Daniel has given us a magisterial work with an enormous cast of unforgettable characters—white and black, men, women, and children, unionists and rebels, generals and privates, freed slaves and slave owners. At the center is General Sherman himself; a beautiful freed slave girl named Pearl; a Union regimental surgeon, Colonel Sartorius; Emily Thompson, the dispossessed daughter of a Southern judge; and Arly and Will, two misfit soldiers.

Almost hypnotic in its narrative drive, The March stunningly renders the countless lives swept up in the violence of a country at war with itself. The great march in E. L. Doctorow’s hands becomes something more—a floating world, a nomadic consciousness, and an unforgettable reading experience with awesome relevance to our own times.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “E. L. Doctorow [is] always astonishing…In The March, he dreams himself backward from The Book of Daniel to Ragtime to The Waterworks to the Civil War, into the creation myth of the Republic itself, as if to assume the prophetic role of such nineteenth-century writers as Emerson, Melville, Whitman, and Poe.”

    Harper’s

  • “An Iliad-like portrait of war as a primeval human affliction…[welds] the personal and the mythic into a thrilling and poignant story.”

    New York Times

  • The March conjures up the War of Secession—also known as the War Between the States and the War of Northern Aggression—as vividly as any contemporary account I’ve read, and more plausibly than most. Devotees of our nation’s darkest hour, as well as that subset of Confederacy buffs willing to entertain the possibility that all may not have been roses in the antebellum South, will find a great deal to admire in its pages.”

    Washington Post

  • “Spellbinding…A ferocious reimagining of the past that returns it to us as something powerful and strange.”

    Time

  • Winner of the 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of a 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2005 Time Magazine Top 10 Book
  • A 2005 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction
  • A 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Fiction
  • A 2006 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction
  • A 2005 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anne | 2/17/2014

    " This book has no real plot, which is all the rage among literary fiction these days. So in that way, I think Doctorow is probably a genius for finding a topic that is well served by having no plot; the lack of a cohesive narrative is kind of the point he's trying to make about Sherman's march. That said, I couldn't get through it. For the record, he lost me at the decidedly Judy Blume-esque scene where a runaway slave girl gets her period. No, seriously. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracey | 2/8/2014

    " Doctorow's writing style frustrated me to no end. For some odd artistic reason, he chooses NOT to use quotation marks!!! This forced me to read and re-read passages. Blah! The entire read felt tedious. It could have been a good read. The March does a great job of giving accurate details of real events and people which I appreciated. I do feel like I got to know William Tecumseh Sherman as well as other significant participants. I did not care for any of the relationships in the book, many of which Doctorow provided no closure. Perhaps I did not find the closure because towards the end I was so tired with the book I started skimming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erich Sysak | 2/7/2014

    " Everything is great except the idiotic use of dialect. Shouldn't E.L. Doctorow know better? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/6/2014

    " Very good. It is a description of General Sherman's march through Georgia and South Carolina from the perspective of a variety of characters. The Civil War was brutal but somehow Doctorow writes in a way that acknowledges the brutality without leaving the reader depressed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel Miers | 2/4/2014

    " Nice ensemble piece but it couldn't keep my interest to the end. No strong connection to the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Avery | 1/31/2014

    " was disappointed in E.L. with this one...expected more from him. "

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

    " Doctorow never lets me down. Fascinating read as all of his books are. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 pianogal | 1/6/2014

    " This book was too much work to read. Some passages were really interesting, but they were few and far between. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim Kuhn | 11/10/2013

    " Doctorow's characters are astonishing and utterly believable at the same time. Read this right after 'Killer Angels' and liked it much more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yeti | 10/20/2013

    " A brilliant book about Sherman's march. Wonderfully written, a horrible yet gripping vision that lingers in your mind for days on end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 9/28/2013

    " Insightful historical fiction into Gereral Sherman's march from Georgia to N. Carolina at the end of the Civil War. I'd give it 3.5 stars and recommend it to anyone interested in the Civil War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vince Carter | 9/11/2013

    " Vivid setting and colorful characters and dialects toward the end of US Civil War as General Sherman rolls across the south. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caro | 8/22/2013

    " Really humbling and good anti-war take-away. The South was completely destroyed, the freed slaves were left with no support, it's amazing Lee did surrender. Well written - some sentences just made me pause. I'm adding Ragtime to my to -read list to try another Doctorow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samm Seals | 11/15/2012

    " aye, aye, aye! what a book! interesting folks, details that are enlightening, gripping story and well put together.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Abresch | 9/28/2012

    " A fictionalized account of Sherman's March to the Atlantic during the Civil War as seen through made up characters, but with real history behind the march. A good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 8/28/2012

    " I liked this. I'll read more books by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenny Chaffin | 5/27/2012

    " Excellent work. Doctorow is a master. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dick Whittington | 11/19/2011

    " Really good book. Sherman's march from Atlanta to Raleigh "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Delorian | 5/11/2011

    " A very slow read at first, but it gains momentum fast. Learning about the Harlem Renaissance, it brought a lot of insight that even I, a Harlem native, would find entertaining. For a pick up and read, i wouldn't recommend but as a book to learn about the time, i highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sukamol | 5/6/2011

    " This book is very interesting. It is a book about life was during the old days. I would recommend this book because it was catch your attention. I had a great time reading Ragtime and comparing it to one of my school's field trip. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 5/2/2011

    " i mean, he's a fantastic writer, and i a pleasure to read, mostly. still, something overwhelming here that wasn't the case with his later work as much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 5/2/2011

    " Certainly one of the finest books I've ever read. Doesn't happen very often. Not long ago I read a book called Carter Beats the Devil: that was very good, and it wants to be this book when it grows up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 5/1/2011

    " One of the best novels I've read in a long time. Packs so much about race, class, gender, ethnicity and more into a relatively short book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aziza | 4/24/2011

    " Still reading it and so far I like the book. "

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About the Author

E. L. Doctorow (1931–2015) was known internationally for his works of historical fiction, including Ragtime, World’s Fair, and Billy Bathgate. He was honored with the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle awards, two PEN/Faulkner awards, the William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal.

About the Narrator

Joe Morton is an award-winning actor who made his Broadway debut in Hair and has gone on to perform in many other plays and over seventy films, made-for-TV movies, and mini-series. He and his wife Nora have two children.