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The Last Full Measure

Narrated by: Stephen Lang
Series: The Civil War Trilogy, Book 3
Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

In the Pulitzer prize-winning classic The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara created the finest Civil War novel of our time, an enduring best seller that has sold more than two million copies. In the best-selling Gods and Generals, Shaara's son, Jeff, brilliantly sustained his father's vision, telling the epic story of the events culminating in the Battle of Gettysburg. Now, Jeff Shaara brings this legendary father-son trilogy to its stunning conclusion in a novel that brings to life the final two years of the Civil War.

As The Last Full Measure opens, Gettysburg is past and the war advances to its third brutal year. On the Union side, the gulf between the politicians in Washington and the generals in the field yawns ever wider. Never has the cumbersome Union Army so desperately needed a decisive, hard-nosed leader. It is at this critical moment that Lincoln places Ulysses S. Grant in command - and turns the tide of war.

For Robert E. Lee, Gettysburg was an unspeakable disaster - compounded by the shattering loss of the fiery Stonewall Jackson two months before. Lee knows better than anyone that the South cannot survive a war of attrition. But with the total devotion of his generals - Longstreet, Hill, Stuart - and his unswerving faith in God, Lee is determined to fight to the bitter end.

Here too is Joshua Chamberlain, the college professor who emerged as the Union hero of Gettysburg - and who will rise to become one of the greatest figures of the Civil War.

Battle by staggering battle, Shaara dramatizes the escalating confrontation between Lee and Grant - complicated, heroic, deeply troubled men. From the costly Battle of the Wilderness to the agonizing siege of Petersburg to Lee's epoch-making surrender at Appomattox, Shaara portrays the riveting conclusion of the Civil War through the minds and hearts of the individuals who gave their last full measure.

Full of human passion and the spellbinding truth of history, The Last Full Measure is the fitting capstone to a magnificent literary trilogy.

©2000 Jeff Shaara (P)2003 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

The Last Full Measure is more than another historical novel. It is rooted in history, but its strength is the element of humanity flowing through its characters.... The book is compelling, easy to read, well researched and written, and thought-provoking.... In short, it is everything that a reader could ask for.” ( Chicago Tribune)
“Masterful... These characters come alive as complex, heroic, and flawed men.” ( Baltimore Sun)

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  • Nicole Amos
  • 17-12-16

ABRIDGED SUCKS!

What disappointed you about The Last Full Measure?

the abridged version cut out far, far too much. it was like a different story completely.

What did you like best about this story?

I .... all of it.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Lang – was your favorite?

Gen Chanberlin in this one, mainly when he tells sheridan to get out of the way.

What character would you cut from The Last Full Measure?

cut? oh,nonono! I'd add!

Any additional comments?

First abridged book, never again.

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  • David
  • 12-12-17

great story - terrible abridgement

What disappointed you about The Last Full Measure?

The way it was cut down - the story didn't flow - shame there's no option too buy the unabridged version

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  • Paul J.
  • 11-01-19

Closer to a book report

This book is way too abridged. The nimrod who reads it doesn't know how to pronounce some of the names in it. I do not recommend it. Great book, but this version is very poor.

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  • Brett D Mangnuson
  • 20-08-18

Abridged Version Not Worth It

I really wish the unabridged version was available from Audible. This version is choppy with little continuity. Without the character development that comes from an unabridged version, this is little more than a summary of events with scattered dialog. Having enjoyed Shaara's series based on the Western Theater of the Civil War this was a major disappointment.

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  • Ara Talaslian
  • 06-11-15

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and John B. Gordon

All wars should end this way. ... with honorable men acknowledging and saluting each other.

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  • Nurse Rose
  • 19-02-19

Such an important history told in such a sensitive manner.

I enjoyed the reader’s voice. The events were easy to follow and one gets a sense of the personalities of the characters in the story. Yet the writer conveyed the horrible details and carnage that occurred. I started with this 3rd volume of the trilogy because I saw the movies that are the result of the 1st & 2nd books. Now I want to get those books and hear what the movies could not include.

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  • RickyE
  • 10-10-18

A great finish.

As the last book in the trilogy I enjoyed it better than the 1st book and as much as the 2nd. Covered over a 2 year period and more than a few battles the book captured the essence of the main characters roles in the latter half of war. I had tears in my eyes during the last scene. I feel like I was there.
Read the author's books on the Civil War in the West. A 4 part Series that each cover mostly one main battle and a few more characters not just the main characters of the war.

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  • Wes
  • 09-02-18

Fantastic reading by Stephen Lang!

Stephen Lang played Stonewall Jackson in Ron Maxwell’s film “Gods and Generals” and he does a fabulous job reading the third in the trilogy here. I liked his portrayal of the different characters and his overall narration. I do wish this would have been unabridged. However, I have read the book so this was just revisiting the novel for me. Therefore, I did not mind so much that this audio version was abridged.

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  • Evan
  • 08-08-17

Evan Review

This the following book that following Jeff dad in killer angel. This carries theme of all of his books historical events has tool place with first person conversation with the characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-17

One of my favorites

I enjoyed the whole series. The stroy was awesome to hear as most of the time Gettysburg is often heard of and assumed the last battle. I enjoy history and learning more is always fun.