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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: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2008 ISBN: 9781400180387
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In the spring of 1863, as he faces battle for the first time at Chancellorsville, Virginia, Henry Fleming, a private in the Union Army, runs away from the field of war. Afterwards, the shame he feels at this act of cowardice ignites his desire to receive an injury in combat—a “red badge of courage” that will redeem him. The Red Badge of Courage tells his journey to manhood and finding peace of mind as he comes to grips with his conflicting emotions about war. Stephen Crane’s classic novel about a young soldier’s experiences during the American Civil War is well known for its understated naturalism and its realistic depiction of battle.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The Red Badge Of Courage has long been considered the first great ‘modern’ novel of war by an American—the first novel of literary distinction to present war without heroics and this in a spirit of total irony and skepticism.”

    Alfred Kazin

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Racheal Kivlin | 2/11/2014

    " It was boring I had to read it for honors english! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clara | 1/30/2014

    " I originally read this book for school. Henry certainly isn't a likeable character but certainly relatable through his cowardice and insecurity. The main thing that makes me judge this book so harshly is that Stephen Crane never saw a battle, and the book gets really tedious to get through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 1/15/2014

    " The book was written in a different era and so wasn't as easy to follow as more recent works, but it did give good insight into the thought process that those in the military go through in battle. I can see why soldiers come home with Post traumatic stress syndrome. Thoughts of- 'I am smarter than my officer. I must save myself. We will rally. I was justified in this action by . . . ' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rainey | 12/16/2013

    " 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 Mark Mitchell | 12/6/2013

    " Strangely, I found it so bright and inspiring. Because the young man finds his validation on the battle front. It's by accident and through the eyes of others. But it's still OK -- it works.This rang so true to me when I read it in the eighth or ninth grade. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maddie | 11/4/2013

    " I had to read it for school; it hurt my head. :/ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha Ayers | 5/31/2013

    " Cool book. I like that it spans only over one day. Can be slow at times but dialogue is fun and challenging to understand. Has interesting and inspiring themes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rylan McQuade | 9/9/2012

    " Not bad, just not my sort of book. Good prose, boring dialogue, flowery descriptions. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Funky_Monkey | 9/1/2012

    " I am officially giving up on this book. I made it over halfway but can't bring myself to finish. I hate the writing style and can't get interested in people with no names! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Berdon | 1/25/2012

    " thank you irving Sloan, junior high social studies read. loved 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. "

  • 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. "

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About the Author
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.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.