Friday, April 22, 2011

American Chronicles: The Civil War compiled by NPR~★★★★★

Compiler: National Public Radio (NPR)
Title: American Chronicles: The Civil War
Release Date: March 22nd, 2011
Publisher: Highbridge Company
Genre: Non-Fiction

Audio Cover: "NPR captures the battlefield action, the personal struggles, and the moral dilemmas of the war that pitted brother against brother, family against family. This revealing collection of Civil War stories features gripping history, expert commentary, and unforgettable voices."

Taryn's Review: I struggled as to whether I should review this or not since technically it's not a book. However, the CD featured a lot of books within the topics, so that was good enough for me  (and it's my blog, ha!).

I was given this collection to listen to from a coworker. I enjoy learning history about the Civil War, but it's not something I go out of my way to learn about. This CD collection surprised me by how much I enjoyed listening to it. It was broken down into segments and each segment highlighted a different area of the war. I liked some segments more than others, but overall I learned something from each one. It was also great because it offered quick stories and the opportunity for frequent breaks. It's perfect for listening in the car when only driving short distances or for someone who gets antsy after listening for too long. I also loved hearing Shelby Foote's voice! His voice was dreamy, I tell you!

If you personally have an interest in the Civil War, definitely give this CD collection a listen. I think it would also be a great gift for a Civil War buff. It offered a lot of suggestions for more reading since most of the historians they interviewed had recently published a book on the topic.

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