The Bonfire

  • by Marc Wortman
  • Narrated by Anthony Heald
  • 16 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The destruction of Atlanta is an iconic moment in American history - it was the centerpiece of the hugely successful book and movie Gone with the Wind. But though the epic sieges of Leningrad, Stalingrad, and Berlin have all been explored in best-selling histories, the one great American example has been treated only cursorily as a footnote. Marc Wortman remedies that conspicuous absence in grand fashion with The Bonfire, an absorbing narrative history told through the points of view of key participants, both Confederate and Union.


What the Critics Say

"The Bonfire is a tour de force of American Civil War history...." (Debby Applegate, Pulitzer Prize - winning author)
"The Bonfire stands out for its focus on the experience of Atlantans themselves. Marc Wortman's vivid narrative proves that war is indeed hell." (James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era)


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Customer Reviews

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Couldn't disagree more

I couldn't possibly disagree the previous reviewer more. I think that the narration was outstanding and that this was a great buy. More than just a telling of the story of the burning of Atlanta, it is much more comprehensive, relating the history of Atlanta and the background of the main characters. I enjoyed this very much and would highly recommend it.
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- Phillip

Disappointing Presentation

As an avid reader and listener of many books covering the War Between the States, I looked forward to a long highway drive from Boston to Atlanta as a chance to listen to this book. The reader, unfortunately, was so distracting and irritating in his presentation and over dramatization of the book that I finally gave up half way through and switched to another selection. I am a long time customer and have never had this happen before. This reader is flat out annoying. A waste of money to me as I will have to buy the book to read after having spent money to listen to it.
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- Kevin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-17-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.