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What did you love best about It Took a War?
I loved how well the writing and the narration complemented each other, offering a vivid glimpse into the Civil War era and the main characters' various reactions to the war.
What was one of the most memorable moments of It Took a War?
Perhaps one of the more memorable sequences is when Joe signs up to join the war. Joe and the crowds in town are so jubilant, in direct contrast to his mother and sister's response. Those scenes give a broad glimpse at the North's confidence and belief that the war would be over quickly, while showing how hard it must have been for families to let their boys march off to battle.
Have you listened to any of Guyon Brandt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I haven't listened to any of Guyon's other performances - and, sadly, I haven't seen any other audiobooks narrated by him. But I would definitely be interested in hearing more of his work!
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes and no. I think it's easier to appreciate and savor a story when you experience it in bits and pieces over a period of time. And the fact that this story is divided into a lot of quick scenes does make it easier to find good stopping places. Of course, the short scenes can also flow into each other, making it just as easy to keep going! I think I savored the first half of the book and might have enjoyed the second half more if I had taken more time and paid greater attention, listening through without as many pauses and distractions.
Any additional comments?
I was truly impressed with the presentation of this story as an audiobook! The narrator did a phenomenal job, even singing songs from the American Civil War era a capella (and pulling it off quite wonderfully!). This is a well-researched tale, one that provides an endearing glimpse into a family struggling to find themselves and understand one another through the difficulties of war. In a little over three hours, it's like experiencing an epic play outside the theater. All you need to do is pause halfway through for an intermission. :) *With thanks to the author for providing me with a complimentary audiobook download in exchange for my honest opinion.*