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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (42,097 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Crane Narrator: Richard Crenna Publisher: Audio Holdings, LLC Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Red Badge of Courage is a masterpiece about a young private in the Union Army whose youthful enthusiasm about the glory of Civil War battle gives way to increasing doubt and worry. He fears that when he comes to be tested in his first encounter on the battlefield, he will be found deficient of courage. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Catherine Woodman | 2/4/2014

    " Very powerful anti-war book ahead of it's time "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Corey | 2/2/2014

    " This book... was not my kind of book. Don't get me wrong - it was actually quite good. I particularly liked the author's attempt to make the characters very human and at the same time depersonalize them; by, for example, not referring to the characters by their names, but rather by descriptions. Somehow, this made each character representative of all the people who've ever fought in a war, while still making each event deeply personal. However, despite being a very short book, it really did not hold my attention. Which is a pity, because it is quite a classic, and certainly something everyone should read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Zep | 2/2/2014

    " eh. it must have been esier to get excited in civil war times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Will Mauldin | 1/31/2014

    " The Red Badge of Courage was written by Stephen Crane. The setting of this book is in 1912, during World War I. He wrote this book with very vivid detail. In the book, a man who goes by the name Henry, usually referred to by the youth by the narrator, joins the military as a teenager. He is obviously a very youthful soldier and plays a role throughout the book. He becomes part of the 304th regiment where many of his past friends have been placed also. The entire time before the first battle, the youth is trying to decide whether or not he would run from battle when it came down to it. He pays attention to the way the other soldiers in his regiment look, talk, and act around him to decide whether or not they think he would run or not. After a while he is pretty sure that he would not be the one to run from a battle. Finally, a battle comes there way and he stays for a little bit while the author describes in vivid detail, the horrible scenes of war. Later in the battle, the youth gets scared and ends up running from the one battle he did not want to run from. He thinks that what he was doing was not so wrong since there were many men around him who were also running. After he had run for a very long time he finally comes across a long line of injured and shot men who were not yet dead walking away from the war. He gets in this line and finds one of his friends from his regiment who had been shot in the side. This man is referred to as the tall soldier. He is not making any sense when the youth found him and he eventually wanders off into a clearing even with the youth trying to stop him. In this clearing the tall soldier dies and makes the youth rethink himself. He thinks he has actually not been such a bad person. He starts to think that he has been very courageous and starts to kind of get full of himself. He ends up being led back to his regiment by a man who the youth never sees the face of. He expects to have to make up a story about how he got lost and finally made it back, but the regiment is just happy to see that he is back and well. After he has been with his regiment for a couple days they go into a battle. To shorten up this very descriptive battle, the color bearer -the flag carrier- dies and the youth picks up the flag. Having the flag, the youth gets an adrenaline rush and pulls himself to the front of the charge at the enemy. They end up winning this battle, but the colonel of the army says that he is not impressed. The youth and his regiment go to another charge after this battle and it seems that they not win because they are against impossible odds. They charge this enemy also and end up beating them. If you want to know the fate of the regiment and the youth then you will just have to read this book. First, on my review of this book, I will talk about the way the author Stephen Crane wrote this book. He uses extremely vague character names such as the youth, the tall soldier, and the loud soldier. The purpose of this use of vagueness is to sort of make it seem like this is just a soldier in general, not a specific soldier who you may developed feelings for. I love the way the author did this and it made the book ten times better than it originally would have been. The characters are still specific soldiers, but it amplifies the base of the story by a whole lot. It took a lot of thought more than likely and that I also like. It makes it feel like there was more love put into the book than just a regular book that no one would ever pick up and read. This is for one, why this book is on your green list Mrs. Battles, and for two, why people, not just me, love this book so much. Second on my review, I would like to discuss the main story line of this book. It is an amazing story line and the courage factor is put in many different parts of the story. The name the book, "The Red Badge of Courage", comes from the youth talking about how he wants to be shot somewhere so he can show off his red badge of courage. The story and all of the courage in the book makes you want to be more courageous. (Which I already am.) Over all this was a great book and I really loved it. I think that anybody in their right mind would absolutely love this book like I did. I highly recommend with by Ph. D in literature behind that everybody in the world read this book. Anybody can learn something from this book. Even you. THE END "

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