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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (42,118 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Crane Narrator: Walter Lewis Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2001 ISBN:
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One of the great war novels, The Red Badge of Courage describes the first experience of front-line combat through the eyes of a young recruit, Henry Fleming, in one of the battles of the American Civil War. Under the stress of battle, Fleming is forced to face strong, conflicting emotions, ranging from bravado to terror as the conflict ebbs and flows. Written some 30 years after the war, when Stephen Crane was only in his mid-20s, its inimitable truth makes it just as relevant today. 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 Hdock | 2/18/2014

    " I decided to re-read this book, having last read it for class in the 1970s. It is still a tough read, and not enjoyable back then. This time around I admire the author's view of war; what can be defined as courage, fear and heroism. It also gives a trench level view if the horrors of war, and how devastating a human tragedy the Civil War was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Flores | 2/14/2014

    " Crane's extreme-realism was misleading at times. Nevertheless, it's a good story about war and courage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connor Wasler | 2/5/2014

    " I swear this book was the precursor to Catch-22. Unfortunately, like Catch-22, the novel is repetitive and not necessarily the most entertaining read. If you're a history buff you'd probably enjoy this... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wyatt Indermuehle | 2/3/2014

    " This book is a great depiction of the civil war. It had great descriptive battle scenes, as well as insightful moments into the soldiers minds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miss P-C | 1/28/2014

    " I read this during graduate school and analyzed the use of sound. Love Civil War literature! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/24/2014

    " 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 Christopher | 1/18/2014

    " Good book, nice description of boy becoming a man in the face of war, Dialogue like Huck Finn was a bit to sort through. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 1/14/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 12/28/2013

    " I read this back in... 8th grade, and I remember having to focus a lot on the progression of the main character as he grows and develops through the story; just like any young man going to battle, war changes a person, and the author does a good job showing him working through these hard choices "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 12/8/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Patrick | 12/6/2013

    " This book will tell you how you don't need a red badge to prove your courage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 12/4/2013

    " Powerful first person narrative of being trapped in war. Definitely deserves all the attention and merit given it. If you've never read it, do so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/1/2013

    " 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 Alex Myers | 11/29/2013

    " I enjoyed reading this book because of how the story is executed and the situations faced by the main character. However I found it was a challenge to read it. I am so used to easy books, this book tested me on my comprehension and so forth because its complex typing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Val | 11/11/2013

    " what was the actual point of the story??? if i were reading it, i'd have given up early on...but listening to it in the car, i was able to suck it up...but still, it seems like it had no visible plot... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candace | 9/20/2013

    " This book was soooo long. I read it for class and it took about a month to get through even thought the story is only about a couple days. I was very detailed, anti-transcendentalism and all about about realism and naturalism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 7/15/2013

    " I have mixed feelings about this book. The insight into the psychology of a soldier was fantastic, but I wasn't crazy about the main character. I liked the book, but didn't love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cora Virginia | 11/4/2012

    " This a very good book about America history.i think everyone should be able to enjoy this book. I also have a copy on my bookself at home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizardman449 | 10/29/2012

    " This is one of the best books I HAVE EVER READ!!! HOW DEAR YOU PEOPLE PUT IT INTO THE WORST BOOKS OF ALL TIME SECTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Paley | 6/16/2012

    " Did not give it proper attention as adolescent. What an astonishing, pre-modern impressionist! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Todd Kruse | 3/29/2012

    " Perhaps I need to read this book again but simply did not enjoy the rhythm (lack of) of this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl | 9/30/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benedict | 9/29/2011

    " I have read this book several times since high school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jakob Krejsa | 8/16/2011

    " it was a good book even though it was confusing at times "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amelia the Strange | 8/14/2011

    " Forced to read in school. I did not enjoy. (And I usually liked what I read for school.) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carl Williams | 5/17/2011

    " A good novel to accompany the study of the Civil War--when it originally came out, Civil War veterans refused to believe Crane hadn't seen battle. And yet, it's stiff and unimaginative....Alas. "

  • 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.