Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Nathaniel Philbrick

Narrated By: Chris Sorensen

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: April 2013

Duration: 12 hours 59 minutes


The bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea, Mayflower, and Valiant Ambition, tells the story of the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution, in this 'masterpiece of narrative and perspective.' (Boston Globe)

Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts residents have warily maneuvered around each other until April 19, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and Concord. In June, however, with the city cut off from supplies by a British blockade and Patriot militia poised in siege, skirmishes give way to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill. It would be the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists.

Philbrick brings a fresh perspective to every aspect of the story. He finds new characters, and new facets to familiar ones. The real work of choreographing rebellion falls to a thirty-three year old physician named Joseph Warren who emerges as the on-the-ground leader of the Patriot cause and is fated to die at Bunker Hill. Others in the cast include Paul Revere, Warren’s fiancé the poet Mercy Scollay, a newly recruited George Washington, the reluctant British combatant General Thomas Gage and his more bellicose successor William Howe, who leads the three charges at Bunker Hill and presides over the claustrophobic cauldron of a city under siege as both sides play a nervy game of brinkmanship for control.

With passion and insight, Philbrick reconstructs the revolutionary landscape—geographic and ideological—in a mesmerizing narrative of the robust, messy, blisteringly real origins of America.


  • Albert

    I have never experienced this piece of history in this detail before. The book is written at a level of detail that kept my interest from beginning to end. It is well-narrated. I recommend it without reservations.

  • Donna Orth

    I grew up near Bunker Hill in East Somerville. Before they built the old Sullivan Square station from an old airplane hanger I believe we could even see the top of it. I simply had to read this book. It was well written and broad in scope. I learned not only about the Battle of Bunker Hill but of the battles leading up to it in Lexington and Concord and that George Washington came in after the Battle of Bunker Hill to drive the British out of Boston. I thought that was pretty awesome. Learning about Joesph Warren and the other Patriots was very interesting. This is an important book for Bostonians.

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