- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 13 hours and 48 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: May 13, 2004
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00029DHWM
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The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War Audiobook – Unabridged
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Pleasant surprise! Shaara has his own voice and is skilled at drawing characters. He'll find some kind of tic, some gesture, some expression, that will successfully differentiate each individual in his (extremely) large cast. The large, stoic, mostly silent, heartbroken Longstreet and the restless intellectual Chamberlain become completely three-dimensional. Robert E. Lee, so noble, so deluded, is another excellent portrait.
Why four stars, not five? A few annoying aspects: the disjointed, run-on sentences ("He had to know where they were, had to see over the next rise, no time to think about poor Mary, would it rain again tonight? ", etc.). The weight of a serious subject, and the author's overweening concern that he Get It Right, drags down the shoulders of this book, making it slump when it should strut. Shaara has his lyrical moments, but they don't quite rise to the level of art. On the other hand, for many readers these concerns will be irrelevant.
The book is all in all a gorgeous freak. It's a one-off, a singular triumph of research (published in 1975, before the internet made everything easy) and imagination, written by an obvious obsessive and polished to an almost dizzying glint. I'm now reading "Gods and Generals," by the author's son Jeff, and believe me, the sparkle is missing. That one is a plodder, to be covered in another review.