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The Red Badge of Courage

Narrated by: Michael Scott
Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
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Summary

This story is about a young soldier, Henry Fleming, fighting in the American Civil War. It is a vivid and stark portrayal of war on the human psyche, interspersed with symbolic imagery and biblical metaphors. The story realistically portrays the young soldier's physical and psychological struggles after fleeing from his first encounter with a battle. He returns to his regiment to become a strong soldier and even taking on the task of the flag bearer in the final battle.

Though Stephen Crane had never been in any combat situations, his interviews with a wide number of veterans enabled him to create this novel, widely regarded as a unusually realistic depiction of a young man in battle.

©2018 Stephen Crane (P)2018 AB Books

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  • Heather Holtzinger
  • 14-08-19

Most boring Summer Homework

I struggled to finish this treacherous book and died of boredom several times. Thanks, highschool!

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  • Trace D.
  • 30-06-19

The voice sounds like a robot!

I had to download a different version because the voice sounded like a robot. The ordinance wasn't bad but the recording was horrible.

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  • P. Melgar
  • 27-05-19

Bad monotone narration

Couldn’t listen to the whole book, the narration was so bad. Maybe the story is good... I will try again if there is one with a different narrator.

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  • J. Moyer
  • 21-04-19

Problematic narrator

the novel itself is beautifully written and moving but this particular narrator distracted from the story. He has a strange manner of speaking, almost robot like, and mispronounces words or pronounces them oddly. For example he says the word grown as a two syllable word and when he was supposed to say condescension he said condensation, which really threw me! I'm inspired by the writing to read the novel on my own but I don't recommend this particular performance.

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  • Jason
  • 27-12-18

Good narration, but not for this book

The narrator’s tone would be more enjoyable in a different type of story. Scott has a “radio” voice which doesn’t fit with the overarching fear and tumult of Fleming’s experiences.

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  • Cajun
  • 30-11-18

Poor Performance

The reader was not good... The book was decent.

The Red Badge Of Courage is touted as a classic. The writing was good and story decent. The writer had, at times, incredible insight into the human psyche as it pertains to war and inward reflection. The story was great at times but then, even for a short book, droned on. It was a little tough to follow at times too but likely due to the poor performance of the reader. I'm wondering if this book is actually better than I give it credit for.

The performance was poor at best. Given with a constant cadence of short, short, short, long... with every sentence. The reader did do a voice for when characters spoke; however it was the same voice for every character regardless of the character's description, i.e. old, young, loud, big, or small... On top of that there was zero inflection in the reader's voice regardless of the mood of the story or the character he was portraying. When I played a short clip for my wife she asked, is it read by a computer? assuming it was A.I. doing the performance.

All-in-all the best way I can describe the reading was as if a father was reluctantly reading to his children; seeing the look upon their faces (of disappointment), he halfheartedly decided to use a voice for the characters but push through to finish the book despite his own desire not to, that he could then adjourn to the couch to watch the game before it ended.

Oh yeah, and besides no inflection, the reader's annunciation was atrocious. The main character is the YOUTH which was presented in a myriad of ways by the reader to include YOUT (think My Cousin Vinny) and YOU or U. I haven't read the actual book so maybe the writer changed the way the main character is referred to throughout, but I highly doubt it.