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Gods and Generals

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Jeff Shaara

Narrated By: Stephen Lang

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: February 2003

Duration: 4 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

Bring back the pleasure of reading, read Jeff Shaara in Large Print.

All Random House Large Print Editions are published in a 16-point typeface.

The story of Gods and Generals begins with Michael Shaara, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic The Killer Angels. A native of New Jersey, Michael Shaara grew to be an adventurous young man: over the years, he found work as a sailor, a paratrooper, a policeman, and an English professor at Florida State University. In 1952, his son Jeff was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Michael's interest in Gettysburg was prompted by some letters written by his great-grandfather, who had been wounded at the great battle while serving with the 4th Georgia Infantry. In 1966, he took his family on a vacation to the battlefield and found himself moved.

In 1970, Michael Shaara returned to Gettysburg with his son Jeff. The pair crisscrossed the historic site, gathering detailed information for the father's novel-in-progress. In 1974, the novel was published with the title The Killer Angels. This gripping fictional account of the three bloody days at Gettysburg won Michael Shaara a Pulitzer Prize and a vast, appreciative audience. To date it has sold two million copies.

When Michael Shaara died in 1988, his son Jeff began to manage his literary estate. It was a legacy he knew well, having helped his father create it. When director Ron Maxwell filmed the movie Gettysburg, based on The Killer Angels, he asked Jeff to serve as a consultant. Maxwell encouraged Shaara to continue the story his father began; inspired, Jeff planned an ambitious trilogy, with The Killer Angels as the centerpiece, following the war from its origins to its end.

With Gods and Generals, Jeff Shaara gives fans of The Killer Angels everything they could have asked--an epic, brilliantly written saga that brings the nation's greatest conflict to life.

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  • Alexander Stoyanov

    The book here is so short, you skip through the book, in the beginning there are some characters that start to be build and then they are never mentioned again. I will definitely read it, but this recording really disappointed me. The only cool thing is that if you have watched the movie, you get the feeling that Stonewall is reading to you.

  • mikus

    I love the Civil war. This book gives you a quick history of the battles at the begining of the war. An unabriged version would have been better. You would have gotten a better feel for the battles and a better background of General Jackson. All in all this was a very good book to listen too.

  • Christopher Stringer

    I like this book overall. I have read all 3 of the series: Gods & Generals, The Killer Angels and the Last Full Measure. Nothing can overtake Killer Angels in its intensity, detail and true story, however, this book is fascinating for any history buff. The problem is that it crams too much (start of civil war to chancellorsville) into a small book.

  • Sherrie

    I sent it back before I finished it. It just dragged for me even though it was a topic that particulary interests me. I also didn't care for the narrator's charactor expressions.

  • Mel Longano

    I sent it back before I finished it - it just dragged for me. Would have been better if I enjoyed I enjoyed reading about the era more. It was more that I lost interest because it is not a topic that particulary interests me in the first place. A bad choice for me - not necessarily the book.

  • Joon Pak

    The book itself is very good, but the narration was done on such a low tone. It was hard to hear while driving.