The Seven Days

  • by Clifford Dowdey
  • Narrated by Nicholas Tecosky
  • 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Seven Days Campaign was a series of battles fought near Richmond at the end of June 1862. General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia had routed General George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac. Depriving McClellan of a military decision meant the war would continue for two more years.
The Seven Days depicts a critical turning point in the Civil War that would ingrain Robert E. Lee in history as one of the finest generals of all time. Masterfully written, The Seven Days is Dowdey at his finest—detailed and riveting.


Audible Editor Reviews

In this dramatic, well-told story, author Clifford Dowdey recounts the pivotal Seven Days Battles of the Civil War, in which Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s army drove George B. McClellan’s invading Union soldiers out of Richmond, Virginia. Nicholas Tecosky's vibrant tones bring the story of these important 1862 battles to life, while Dowdy's skilled, detailed writing creates finely honed psychological portraits of all the men involved, including many lesser-known characters. Highly recommended for Civil War buffs, especially those interested in history recounted from the Southern point of view.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good book, narration distracting.

Any additional comments?

The information in the book was good. Nothing new really, but good. However, the narrator continues to mispronounce the names of multiple places and people. It's distracting when you want to correct him! I cannot recommend this as an audio book; maybe the print version would have been better.

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- Terri

History Poorly Read

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The enjoyable history is made irritating by the narrator's pronunciation. While a number of the rivers around Richmond do have Indian names - every single one is mispronounced. This may be understandable, but to pronounce an army "corps" as "corpse", Jubal Early as "Jew-ball" and to read "coup de grace" as "cup dee grass" is simply ignorant.

What did you like best about this story?

Clifford Dowdey gives the traditional "Lost Cause" interpretation of the Civil War which dominated history books for a century after the War. Everything Lee and Jackson do is correct and moral, everything Johnston and Longstreet do is wrong and evil. But,once you accept where he is coming from, there is quite a bit of useful information here. It's also a refreshing look at McClellan, as the victim Little Mac saw himself.

Would you be willing to try another one of Nicholas Tecosky’s performances?

I found myself cringing at his pronunciation! Is English a second language for him?

Was The Seven Days worth the listening time?

Witin the above limitations.

Any additional comments?

No - I think I said it all.

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- Richard Deardoff

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-03-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios