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Grant Takes Command Audiobook

Grant Takes Command

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Publisher's Summary

A thrilling account of the final years of the War Between the States and the great general who led the Union to victory.

This conclusion of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Bruce Catton's acclaimed Civil War history of General Ulysses S. Grant begins in the summer of 1863. After Grant's bold and decisive triumph over the Confederate Army at Vicksburg - a victory that wrested control of the Mississippi River from Southern hands - President Abraham Lincoln promoted Grant to the head of the Army of the Potomac.

The newly named general was virtually unknown to the nation and to the Union's military high command, but he proved himself in the brutal closing year and a half of the War Between the States. Grant's strategic brilliance and unshakeable tenacity crushed the Confederacy in the battles of the Overland Campaign in Virginia and the Siege of Petersburg.

In the spring of 1865, Grant finally forced Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, thus ending the bloodiest conflict on American soil. Although tragedy struck only days later when Lincoln - whom Grant called "incontestably the greatest man I have ever known" - was assassinated, Grant's military triumphs would ensure that the president's principles of unity and freedom would endure.

In Grant Takes Command, Catton offers listeners an in-depth portrait of an extraordinary warrior and unparalleled military strategist whose brilliant battlefield leadership saved an endangered Union.

©1968, 1969 Little, Brown and Company, Inc. (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Derek
    Pasadena, CA, United States
    29/06/16
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    "Fantastic Writing, Poor Narration"
    Any additional comments?

    The Narrator makes it difficult to listen to this masterpiece. That's unfortunate, but I powered through the constant mispronounced names and places because the story is gripping and the author is famous for his historical accuracy and masterful storytelling. That said, be warned that many of the Narrator's mistakes are cringeworthy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Charles
    14/06/16
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    "Get the book - the paper version"

    Catton is superb as always, although this ranks slightly below his best work.

    Regardless the forced and over acted narration ruins it. The narrator feigns an interest and knowledge that he so obviously does not possess. Perhaps one may be forgiven for being unable to pronounce the names of Generals Sigel and Meigs and even the city of Staunton, VA, but there's no excuse for mispronouncing the Battle of Chickamauga, the second bloodiest of the war, or the surname of General Patrick Cleburne, arguably the ablest division commander the war produced.

    Rather than set forth more (and perhaps more egregious) examples I'll simply state here that I am mystified as to why one too lazy to pick up a dictionary would attempt to narrate a work of this caliber and why any sane adult would let him near a microphone.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Oscar
    Miami, FL, United States
    27/06/16
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    "Bruce Catton deserves a much better narrator.

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    Bruce Catton is my favorite Civil War author. Anything written by Mr. Catton is a work of art.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Roberta Rothwell
    11/01/18
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    "Narration is horrible"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Would recommend buying the book, but NOT getting the audiobook. The narrator was terrible. See my remarks about his performance below.


    What other book might you compare Grant Takes Command to and why?

    Grant Moves South which is the second in the Grant series by Bruce Catton. The details of Grant's move down the Mississippi and the battles in Tennessee and Mississippi are riveting and the narration by Bronson Pinchot is fabulous.


    What didn’t you like about Kevin T. Collins’s performance?

    Kevin Collins read the book like he was on the stage doing one of the Shakespearean history plays like Henry IV or Richard III. The narration is grating with him dramatically emphasizing things that can stand alone as important historical facts. This wasn't just my opinion, but also my husband's. He asked me to shut it off which is quite out of character for him.


    Was Grant Takes Command worth the listening time?

    Would have been if not for the narrator. I read the book and it is fantastic.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let Kevin Collins read non-fiction works again. He probably is excellent with novels, but NOT history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mosi123
    new england, USA
    30/09/17
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    "Hard to follow"

    I had a hard time getting too far into the book. I wish I had read it instead. The reader just didn't hold my attention and to be fair, the detail was at the level that I should have just bought the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    11/09/17
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    "Loved it"

    I now have a new hero. What an honorable human he was. True legend for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine
    SAGINAW, MI, United States
    18/05/17
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    "Great Subject...Poor Narrator"

    As usual Catton is great. But Collins... he sounds like that annoying high school English teacher who would read (badly) out loud in class. Monotone, lack on inflection... but for civil war buffs, Catton's prose overcomes this so-so narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Spotsylvania, VA, United States
    21/12/16
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    "Read it"

    Great book. I would recommend starting with Bruce Catton's trilogy on the Civil War first if you have not read that. His series on Grant would be a good follow up. Catton doesn't have the southern slant of Foote's excellent work. I thought the narration was also great. I do listen to my books on 2x or 2.5 speed though, and it was perfectly clear at that speed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • scott walker
    QUINCY, ILLINOIS, US
    15/11/16
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    "a great tale of of a great struggle"

    accurate...enlightening. ..entertaining ...if you find the civil war interesting you will find this work compelling

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph
    06/11/16
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    "Grant takes command"

    This was a great book I've read a lot about Grant and this book took that knowledge 1 step further could not put it down

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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