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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (42,115 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Crane Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A young soldier's dreams of battle glory clash with the nightmare of bloody reality. The Civil War battlefields are nothing like Henry Fleming had imagined them to be. Isn't it the duty of every living creature to save it's own life? Yet Henry is afraid to return to his regiment. His comrades are sure to sneer at his cowardice. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cheryl | 2/14/2014

    " I've been fixated on the Civil War since watching Ken Burns' PBS Series which also resulted in my having a huge crush on Shelby Foote. But anyway - I've done a ton of fiction and non-fiction reading on the subject and somehow had escaped (or missed) reading this until now. So - here we are in the 21st century reading a turn of the 20th century writer. What a difference 100 years makes. This isn't easy to read in terms of finding a rhythm - the writing is just simply different. The lapses into dialogue actually didn't bother me - I found it fascinating to read. What I didn't like was that Stephen Crane calls Henry "the youth" and writes him in the 3rd person - never actually calling him Henry (unless some other character does). What this did was distance the main character from the reader and so I was never able to get any real emotional connection to Henry so never cared about his struggle or the horrors of the war he experienced. I've actually wondered if this was done on purpose, because while the book was written 35-40 years after the beginning of the war, perhaps the scars of such a war had not healed in the general public - and so by creating that distance between the main character and the reader made it easier to read. It may have worked 100 years ago but it didn't really work now. Another reviewer said that there are probably better examples of Civil War-based historical fiction these days and I'd have to say I agree. But read this anyway -- it's short. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Rochelle Mendoza | 2/7/2014

    " To me this books exeplifies the struggles of an American soldier in the past and even in the present although the struggles may be different. I personally think this book was not for me. To me this book was just one of those books your teacher makes you read to pass her class. Although i didn't like this book, you as a reader should try it if you are looking for a "historical-fiction" type novel about the olden war days. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Karen Hood | 2/2/2014

    " Biggest waste of time ever, but I liked the word choices and phrasings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Victoria | 1/28/2014

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

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