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Publisher's Summary

This best-selling author is highly praised by both critics and fans for his action-packed historical novels. Casts of colorful characters spring to life in battle scenes vivid with authentic military detail.
When William Faulconer rescues Nate Starbuck, his son’s friend, from the clutches of a Yankee-hating mob in Virginia, he finds a grateful and willing recruit for Faulconer’s Legion. But Nate’s decision to fight against his native North is only one of the human dilemmas facing the Legion. The Legion commander’s son is against the war, and his daughter’s fiancé is plotting for control of the family fortune. As a motley gathering of men prepares to engage the enemy at Bull Run, they have high hopes of ending the war before it starts. No one can foresee the changes in store for themselves and for their country.
Nate Starbuck and his compatriots leap from the book in full battle regalia with Ed Sala’s narrative magic. Action scenes are all the more exciting because listeners identify with the well-drawn characters and understand the circumstances that lead them to this historical moment.
©1993 Bernard Cornwell (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC
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By Cisco Rivera on 07-09-12

Great story, but weak performance.

I am a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell, and actually began enjoying his novels with the Starbuck series then the Sharpe books. A few years ago I listened to this book and was hooked immediately. It seems to me some writers struggle with creating a fictional story in a historical setting and remain accurate to the period. These writers can create good characters, but not describe historical events correctly or with correct props. For example the description of weapons, when a person inaccurately describes equipment used by the soldiers it takes me out of the story. On the other hand someone may be spot on with the historical descriptions, but may be lacking in character or story development. Cornwell does not suffer from either of these problems. The fact that he has done his research and based his writings off of historical data makes this book seem like it Starbuck was really alive and this was his biography.

I do have one problem with this version of the story, the reader. I have listened to the other version with the different narrator (this version can be found on Audible), and he gave the characters unique and individual voices. This narrator was not able to change his accent all that much and many of the characters sounded the same. It was just not as good as I remembered, and the only reason I bought this version was because it was on sale. I would recommend the other version and will be sure to get the rest of the series with that narrator.

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By Sarah Sidell on 08-06-12

Rebel Starbuck

Where does Rebel: Bull Run, 1861 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This one ranks at or near the top of the audible's I have listened to.

What other book might you compare Rebel: Bull Run, 1861 to and why?

I highly recommend the entire series of Nathaniel Starbuck chronicles. Very interesting history interwoven with a great personal story of triumph and tragedy. The story really pulls you into the timeline of the Civil War.

What about Ed Sala’s performance did you like?

I like the inflection of his voice, he is very enjoyable to listen too. I like the slight accent and the different tones of the voice for different characters.

Who was the most memorable character of Rebel: Bull Run, 1861 and why?

I suppose Nathaniel Starbuck himself should be the obvious standout but I also enjoyed his leading officers, namely his Colonel.

Any additional comments?

This is a great "read" and I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking not only a great story of personal struggle but also the history of the Civil War and different battles.

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