The Civil War: In Their Own Words

Alison Larkin Presents. Nov. 2023. 5 hrs. ISBN 9798823484831. $39.95. HIST
Audie Award–winning producer Erikson offers a spectacular debut, adapting the words, thoughts, and speeches of Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Stephen A. Douglas, and others to provide a new perspective of the Civil War. Erikson covers many aspects of the war that nearly tore the United States apart: Lincoln’s election, his personal tragedies, and his assassination, as well as the experiences of young soldiers toward the end of the war. Listeners get firsthand accounts of the war between brothers, the struggle to unite a nation, and the thoughts of abolitionists, enslavers, people who were enslaved, soldiers, and writers. An outstanding cast of voice actors, including Scott Brick as Lincoln, Moira Quirk as Stowe, and Matthew Wolf as Emerson, narrate this stunning production. Their evocative performances piercingly capture varied thoughts and feelings about the war. The narration is enhanced with musical interludes from songs, hymns, and other selections from the era. As a bonus, the book concludes with four songs by a lone soldier, sung by Rich Follett.
VERDICT An informational and atmospheric audiobook that checks all the boxes. Recommended for Civil War buffs and anyone interested in literature, history, and stories well told.
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