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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: April 2015 ISBN: 9781491585856
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Henry Fleming is primed to prove his patriotism and to earn that “red badge of courage.”

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 worth. 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.

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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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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.”

    Kliatt

Listener Opinions

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

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jelly | 1/18/2014

    " It's not bad. Crane deserves credit for looking at some emotional and psychological effects of war. But, his "story" has very little direction and even some of the emotional issues he brings up are not really pushed or explored in the last third of the book. And then of course there is the writing style - very dry, little conversation, and too many big words. In 1895 perhaps this was cool, now, not so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 12/23/2013

    " "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. "

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

    " A book about the details of war written by a man who was never a soldier. And then the ending with the farm - that was just weird. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 12/11/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 12/10/2013

    " Slow read, but moving and well written. Rings true to war even today "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 12/3/2013

    " Very good book. It is an interesting book about a boy named Henry Fleming and his Civil War experience. If you don't know what to read for school read this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Davis | 11/29/2013

    " A classic short story. I read this as an eBook. The tale follows the psychology of a young soldier's coming of age in the Civil War. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dustin | 11/25/2013

    " this book is trash... Crane was a fool writing about something he knew nothing about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 9/28/2013

    " This is another of those books I should revisit. So many books so little time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan Neuschwander | 9/26/2013

    " Crane's "The Veteran" is a great short story to read after the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dj | 8/13/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ginny | 7/26/2013

    " Don't know which was worse, suffering through it the first time, or having to read it again. Both times for school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick Bourgeois | 4/16/2013

    " I liked the book but I perfer stories about the World Wars more so then the Civil War, having been in the military and also in the Gulf War, I could relate distantly to some of the emotions or trials the story related to the reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rainey | 4/9/2013

    " Read this in elementary school. I found it to be a bit much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 11/4/2012

    " An excellent book about the fog and confusion of war as seen through the eyes of a boy who wants to become a man. Very descriptive and interesting. This is a re-read for me, but like other books I read as a teen, it was like reading it for the first time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elise | 1/1/2012

    " Made it to page 44. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn Miller | 8/18/2011

    " Not sure what all the fuss was about with this book. It basically just shows why herosim isn't all it's cracked up to be. On the plus side, I felt like it showed a side of combat that isn't explored very often. That being the sheer panic and disorientation and how it affects the troops. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hilary | 8/6/2011

    " Dull, colloquial, whiny, and patriotic: this book is all the things I hate. Needless to say, I hated this book too. The gore at the end was pretty cool though. "

  • 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. "

  • 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.
    "

  • 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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