The Red Badge of Courage

  • by Stephen Crane
  • Narrated by Frank Muller
  • 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Young Henry Fleming used to play soldier and dream of being a hero, but when he faces his first battle - the Battle of Chancellorsville - he finds that heroism is not at all what he had expected. Shells burst in front of him like strange flowers, gunfire ripped toward him in great crackling sheets of flame, and all around him, blue-coated figures lie still on the blood-drenched grass. Remarkably, Stephen Crane wrote this realistic tale of the terror of war without ever witnessing a battle.

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Audible Editor Reviews

In this re-release of a well-known classic, Frank Muller creates a world made for audio. His performance lifts the words from the page and turns them into flesh-and-blood characters with aches and torments. Each accent fits the character, and each character sounds authentic. Union soldier Henry Fleming faces his first battle and runs away. Muller turns Henry’s shame at his act of cowardice into something as tangible as the “red badge” he longs for. Muller’s pacing is exceptional in battle sequences, and his quiet moments can be tender. Henry’s plight combined with Muller’s vocal artistry makes this utterly engrossing listening.

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What the Critics Say

"Muller's reading is superb." (Grand Rapids Press)
"[Stephen Crane] knows nothing of war, yet he is drenched in blood. Most beginners who deal with this subject spatter themselves with ink." (Ambrose Bierce, author and Civil War veteran)

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Caution! Cannot burn CD.

I have downloaded this particular item from two different audio book services (Audiobooks.com and Audible.com) on 2 different dates. In both cases, I could not burn CDs from the downloaded file. I got "file corrupt" messages in both instances, halfway through the CD burning process. I downloaded a different item (same title, different publication year) and was able to burn CDs immediately, with no problem at all. So if you need to purchase Red Badge of Courage to download...don't try this version.
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- Bonnie

A Classic

It is so sad that Stephen Crane died at such a young age and in such an ignominious way. What a waste of such a great talent. I am grateful he left us The Red Badge of Courage and a few other things before his life was over.

Crane's style is quite unlike any other author I have ever read. His characters were always referred to by a description rather than by name, although Crane did give many of them names. The protagonist, Henry Fleming, was consistently referred to throughout the book as "the Youth." In addition to Crane's inspired prose, his characterizations are great. The metamorphosis that Henry (the Youth) goes through is very well done. Crane's description of battles of war are amazing, especially when one learns that Crane had never been involved in a war.

Well done, Stephen. Wish you had stuck around to give us more great literature.

There is a seemingly never-ending line-up of narrators of this book. None will be better than Frank Muller. Make it easy on yourself, and choose Frank. He is amazing!!
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- Sher from Provo "Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Recorded Books