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Red Badge of Courage

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Michael Scott

4 Hours 40 Minutes

Thought Audio

February 2008

Audio Book 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.

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  • Jennifer Gessner

    Great book but could have had a better narrator. I couldn't tell at times which character the narrator was acting as.

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  • Daniel K

    It's a classic, brutally realistic, first person account of a brief period in the life of a civil war soldier that resonates throughout every generation of soldier. As a veteran, I can full appreciate the scope of Henry's range of emotions: anticipation, anxiety, fear, rage, and contentment. It's a book I can read, and, now, listen to many more times.

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  • jason s

    They don't write like this any more. Good book if you're interested in the personal views of a civil war soldier. Narration was alright.

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  • Christopher Zott

    Since this book was published over 120 years ago I expected strange phrasing. The story is full of that. However some of it was incredibly insightful, some tough to understand. Just different words, but the overall message was clear. War is hell on earth, and the American Civil War no exception.

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