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By 9S on 02-04-13
Absorbing story of the hell of Shiloh
I am a big Civil War buff, enjoying works by Shelby Foote, Bruce Catton and James McPherson. After listening to this engrossing story I now add Groom to the list of authors who can relate epic battles like Shiloh to any reader/listener. Groom tells the story of this battle, which horrified everyone North and South with it's enormous butchers bill, by following privates, citizens and generals. The story is as good as just about any thriller. The summer before Shiloh saw the battle of Bull Run, which caused about 5,000 casualties, Rebel and Yankee combined. But Shiloh had a bill in blood of 23,000 fallen, which was more than all American wars combined up to that time. Eric Dove does a great job narrating, adding life to all the actors in this nightmare battle. Listener's will not regret this purchase.
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By Justin on 01-04-17
One of the Best Civil War Books
If you could sum up Shiloh, 1862 in three words, what would they be?
Very informative and entertaining
What other book might you compare Shiloh, 1862 to and why?
Similar to Rebel Yell which is another book that took me surprise. Both were engrossing.
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By Leonard on 08-27-12
Shades of Shelby Foote
I must admit, my exposure to Civil War histories has been somewhat sparse. However, I noticed this title and decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed in the least. Groom's history provides some wonderful personal insights from civilians and soldiers present at this tragic battle and the depth of loss experienced by all sides. I was intrigued by the personal backstabbing by senior Union officers toward Grant and Sherman. It is no wonder that the first few years of the war were so difficult for the Union with the likes of McClelland and Halleck in positions of command. Likewise, Groom's portrayal of A.S. Johnson is equally fascinating. Shiloh and, for that matter, the outcome of the Civil War would probably been much different if Johnson had not died so early in the battle.
This is a first rate history and Eric Dove's narration is superb. I looked forward to listening to the 10+ hours of the book and will probably search out additional works by Winston Groom
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By Dale on 01-18-18
Missed the Mark
The overall performance was good, however, my pet peeve regarding military books is pronouncing names properly and understanding the meaning of military terms. The REAL problem with this volume are the author’s factual errors (e.g. Grant was never commander of the Army of the Potomac) which are numerous AND the author’s willingness to rehash bankrupt theories about the overall conflict. The only redeeming factor was the readers good voice.
By Ben Kirkland on 02-03-17
Great job on narration of a historical book
Would you consider the audio edition of Shiloh, 1862 to be better than the print version?
No..only because the print version most likely has pictures and maps the reader can reference
What was one of the most memorable moments of Shiloh, 1862?
The goes into an exciting detail of moments just before the battle.
Have you listened to any of Eric G. Dove’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have not
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
Many books on historical events the reader tends to drag on. But this reader takes care to emphasize the details and characters. Even though he put in southern accents for British accents I can give him credit for even using an accent.