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The British Are Coming

The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777
Length: 26 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: History, Military
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From the best-selling author of the Liberation Trilogy comes this extraordinary history of the American Revolution.

Rick Atkinson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning An Army at Dawn and two other superb books about World War II, has long been admired for his deeply researched, stunningly vivid narrative histories.

Now, he turns his attention to a new war, and in this book about the American Revolution recounts the first 21 months of America’s violent war for independence. From the battles at Lexington and Concord in spring 1775 to those at Trenton and Princeton in winter 1777, American militiamen and then the ragged Continental Army take on the world’s most formidable fighting force.

It is a gripping saga alive with astonishing characters: Henry Knox, the former bookseller with an uncanny understanding of artillery; Nathanael Greene, the blue-eyed bumpkin who becomes a brilliant battle captain; Benjamin Franklin, the self-made man who proves to be the wiliest of diplomats; George Washington, the commander in chief who learns the difficult art of leadership when the war seems all but lost. The story is also told from the British perspective, making the mortal conflict between the redcoats and the rebels all the more compelling.

Full of riveting details and untold stories, The British Are Coming is a tale of heroes and knaves, of sacrifice and blunder, of redemption and profound suffering. Rick Atkinson marries the classical traditions of history with a voice that is fundamentally modernist, that is ironic and skeptical, while observing the most rigorous conventions of scholarship. With the support of previously unused materials and extensive original research from the US as well as Germany, France and England, Rick Atkinson writes an epic narrative of this forgotten yet pivotal time in history.

©2019 Rick Atkinson (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • David Van de Wiel
  • 17-07-2019

The British are Coming and so is a cure for insomnia

I enjoy history books and often dry topics can be brought to life by inspired actors. Sadly this book is ruined by an actor who on several occasions reads a word so incorrectly that it is clear that he doesn’t understand the meaning. More importantly, great swathes of text is lost to the deepest sleep. The actor can only be congratulated for his incontrovertible ability to cure insomnia at any time of the day.

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  • peter b
  • 01-07-2019

very disappointing

I was very disappointed with this Audio book.
I would not recommend it.
The narration was very poor as the reader had a most peculiar pronunciation or should I say mispronuciation. He managed to get just about every technical term, foreign word and quite a few common terms wrong.
I have listened to many Audiobooks over the years and this was, by far, the worst production.

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  • Clive O'Connell
  • 14-11-2019

A good book ruined by a poor reading

A lively and detailed account of an important passage of history, replete with detail that made the story very human, sadly ruined by the awkward and unrehearsed reading by someone who had no concept of how English should be pronounced.The narrator's early attempt to read the place name "Godalming" amused but as the book went on the amusement turned to irritation and then to annoyance. It distracted from an otherwise excellent book.