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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: Roger Dressler Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bored with farm life, and anxious for some excitement, Henry Fleming sets off to join the Union troops fighting the Civil War. An inexperienced fighter, he is anxious to get into battle to prove his patriotism and courage. He swaggers to keep up his spirits waiting for battle, but when suddenly thrust into the slaughter he is overcome with blind fear and runs from the field of battle.

He is ashamed when he joins the wounded, for he has not earned their “red badge of courage” and becomes enraged when he witnesses the death of his terribly maimed friend. In a confused struggle with his own army’s retreating soldiers, he is wounded but not by enemy gunfire. In an effort to redeem himself in his own eyes, he begins to fight frantically and, in the heat of battle, automatically seizes the regiment’s colors in a daring charge that proves him truly courageous.

The unnamed battle in the novel has been identified as that at Chancellorsville. While this book is considered one of the most compelling stories of warfare of all time, Stephen Crane had never seen a battle when he wrote The Red Badge of Courage in 1895.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There was no real literature of our Civil War...until Stephen Crane wrote The Red Badge of Courage.”

    Ernest Hemingway

  • “One should be forever slow in charging an author with genius, but it must be confessed that The Red Badge of Courage is open to the suspicion of having greater power and originality that can be girdled by the name of talent.”

    New York Press

  • “Anthony Heald does a superb job performing Stephen Crane’s 1895 book, which has been called the first modern novel about war. The novel tells the story of Henry Fleming, but at times scenes employ a montage of brief comments by fellow soldiers to suggest the feelings of the infantry as a whole. Heald is especially good at rendering these snippets and interjections without a loss of clarity. His energetic pacing and varied intonations bring out the drama and the immediacy of battle. Such an approach remains true to the realism of the book. People who have relegated this novel to the tenth grade should experience Heald's reading. He brings Crane to life.”


  • “Crane’s realistic recounting of a young man’s first experience with war is a storyteller’s dream and Heald’s fully voiced presentation is without peer. His crusty voice has the twang of a Midwestern farm boy and rises and falls with the appropriate emotion of the scene. Listeners will visualize the battlefield, hear the popping of rifles, and smell the smoke of the cannons...Listeners will enjoy the action of this classic American war story, and are likely to delve more deeply into the story and explore the reasons for Henry’s feelings and even make some personal comparisons. With the conflicts in the world today, some listeners may be placed in situations similar to Henry’s. This audiobook belongs in every school, public, and personal library.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sheri Hansen | 2/16/2014

    " 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. "

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

    " Red this in junior high - can't remember too much about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Peter Stockwell | 2/3/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. Amazingly Stephen Crane is said to have had no experence of war himself. He makes the descriptions, both physical and emotional, seem very real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Todd | 1/28/2014

    " Read along with students. Looking forward to their papers on Monday. "

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