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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: September 2009 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russell Traughber | 1/22/2014

    " The subject is good but the writing is great! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa N | 1/20/2014

    " I have read this book at least 3 or 4 times, and I can never get a better opinion of it. I love Stephen Crane's poetry, however. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zia Roberts | 1/17/2014

    " not the best book in my opinion but hey its a "classic" so it was a must read or a must try and read haha "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Intriago | 1/2/2014

    " I think The Red Badge of Courage was a very exciting and entertaining book. It contained very detailed scenes and great voice. Even though it was a tough reading, I really enjoyed reading the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Hunter | 12/24/2013

    " The book was an interesting insight to the Civil War. I had never really thought about what it was like on the battle field. The text is very discriptive, sometimes too much. This was really a book for males but as a female I read it to keep up with my high school son. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danielle | 12/19/2013

    " I had to read this book for school. And even though I love to learn about American history, i'm sad to say that I didn't like this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steve | 12/17/2013

    " Why did a story so short take me forever to read? Because it is probably my least favorite book I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Korrin | 12/1/2013

    " This author portrayed the Civil War very well in this story. A quick read; took me two days. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheri Hansen | 11/30/2013

    " I didn't know what to expect with this book; I appreciated the intro that described the "nameless hero" conceit as it was used here. It's interesting to imagine all different kinds of people in that protagonists role. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margarita | 9/4/2013

    " This was an interesting book. I was expecting it to be bloody, and it was, but the narrative was kind of distancing from the events taking place so I didn't feel to overwhelmed by the fighting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Utah.J. | 8/17/2013

    " well it was good just not my favorite civil war book it had purpose though i recommend read at least once in your lifetime "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 7/10/2013

    " I loved it. Very fast read. Allowed the reader to feel what it was like. We certainly understood the "red badge" by the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 4/15/2013

    " Incredibly wonderful, despite its far-flung reputation as a standard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl | 12/20/2012

    " Liked the book and would recommend. Read everything that I can associated witht the Civil War and the chaos of war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 9/14/2012

    " it was a millions years ago when I read this. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 9/2/2012

    " There was no point or plot to this book albeit that nature is not connected to man and does not care for man, had to PLOW my way through this book because it was required school reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/22/2011

    " I had to read this book in high school, and while it had good detail, it was extremely violent in nature. The main theme is sacrifice, and the cost of war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 10/2/2011

    " Some tasty Civil War action and grit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 9/9/2011

    " I never read this book before. Being that it is a classic I felt the need to. Although the prose was beautiful and was able to capture my attention, the book is not for me. I was not able to "enjoy" reading a book that so vividly portrays the atrocities the human race perpetrates against itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 5/28/2011

    " Very dramatic and an avid exploration of a young man's character, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathi | 5/17/2011

    " Listened to this on a road trip to Missouri. I'd forgotten how descriptive it is. Definitely liked reading it years ago better than listening to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 5/15/2011

    " This was a tough read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allegra | 5/13/2011

    " There's nothing I can say about this that hasn't been said. The story is just kind of awkwardly put together and the symbolism is too bold. Not my favorite. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angillham | 5/10/2011

    " I read this back in highschool and I might appreciate it more now, but I remember hating it at the time and hating the main character. However, I think that might have been because it messed with my idealism. So now that I'm more of a realist maybe I should read it again and appreciate it more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dj | 5/10/2011

    " This was an awesome book about the Civil War and its affect on one young man and how he grew up as a soldier. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 5/9/2011

    " I know it's a classic, but it was hard to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Horton | 5/8/2011

    " Required reading for Civil War or American History buffs. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/6/2011

    " I voted for this book at didn't mean too...oops
    This was one of those books I HAD to read in high-school...hated it it... Sorry Mr. Crane...but maybe if I read it again I might like it.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andy | 5/2/2011

    " This was only just ok (probably more a 2.5). I understand that it was trying to give a young persons real experience of war but i just didn't empathise with the young lad and didn't buy into the atmosphere it was trying to generate. I would not recommend.
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elise | 5/2/2011

    " Made it to page 44. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 4/26/2011

    " Mine is a leather bound issue, part of a collection Dalmatian Press released in 2004. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 4/26/2011

    " "He had been where there was red of blood and black of passion, and he was escaped." The book still evokes a visceral feel for the terror, confusion, and arbitrariness of the battlefield. "

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Author Stephen Crane

Stephen Crane (1871–1900) was an American novelist, poet, and journalist. He worked as a reporter of slum life in New York and a highly paid war correspondent for newspaper tycoons William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. He wrote many works of fiction, poems, and accounts of war, all well received but none as acclaimed as his 1895 Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage. Today he is considered one of the most innovative American writers of the 1890s and one of the founders of literary realism.