I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The whole idea behind historical fiction is to breathe life into the characters we all have heard of but don't know much about. There's no way to know how much research went into this novel but my gut feeling is there was plenty. I had no problem with the reader.
If you are a history fan, you will hate this dribble. This book is just insulting to anyone with half a brain. This book is like a fictional comic book. The writer constantly inserts all sorts of absurd sexual scenes involving Andrew Jackson or James Madison. I think some 8th grader wrote this mess..
For those of you looking for a strong historical book that doesn't go for a lot of fluff, this is probably not your book. It seems that the end of most chapters there is intimacy that seems out of place for what the book's focus should be. That said, once you get past all of the romance novel styling, you find there is a lot of history packed into the rarely publicized War of 1812. One significant item that stood out to me was the lead up to the battle of Ft. McHenry and Francis Scott Key's poem that took on new life in this book. The reading and quality of the presentation was good. I would recommend this book on CD, but again, I warn you...if you are looking for a straight ahead history, you will get some odd diversions here.
First half is very interesting...fiction I know, but fun to listen to.
So - So Story. Enough historic information to keep your interest. The reader was not as bad as I feared after reading some of the other reviews. Its neither the best nor the worst audio book that I've heard.
Fabulous book. Definitely read or listen to the unabridged version. Book is so good that I bought two others on this war and one on Madison. I recommend this book highly.
Don't listen to these bad reviews, this is a very compelling book to listen to. True, the English narrator takes a while to get used to, but the story is incredible, weaving the story of the '2nd revolution' through the eyes of James Madison, Andrew Jackson, Wynfield Scott and others - I learned a lot about this war, the opening of the West, the battle of New Orleans, and how a young nation stood up, again, to a super power in Britan. Rent it!
The reviews above pretty well say it all. Though there are some excellent works of historical fiction......"Gods and Generals" comes to mind............this isn't one of them. This book is the work of another current generation liberal with the agenda of smearing American history in order to deride American society from its very beginning. How better to kill off a growing plant than from its roots? This book is unworthy of the serious minded history enthusiast. And, ditto to the reviewer who said he would have given it a ZERO rating were at least one star not required for the review. Don't waste your time on this offering.
I thought I was ordering a non-fiction historical account of the War of 1812. It should be made clear in the description that this is historical fiction. Pre-marital sex scenes between Andrew and Rachel Jackson??? Give me a break. I turned it off and sent it back after 10 minutes. I'd rate it zero stars if 1 wasn't the minimum.
This book came highly recommended so I was very excited to get the audio version (I have a looong daily commute.) I am sad to say I tried to listen to it - I REALLY wanted to like it, but gave up after the 1st CD. The gentleman doing the reading was so wrong for the book. Usually a proper English accent will make ANY recitation better, but it simply sounded ridiculous as he read the diaglog between early American patriots from "Vuhginyah" (Virginia) especially the women, Dolley Madison and Rachel Jackson. I am sure the book is as good as I was told. The audio version may not annoy others as it did me, but I wanted to give others a head's up. Thank you.
David Nevin has spent more than twenty years researching and writing "The American Story," a series of novels dealing with the history of the United States from 1800-1860. He is the author of the" New York Times" bestselling "Dream West,"" 1812," "Eagle's Cry" and "Treason,"