Brother Against Brother

  • by Haley Whitehall
  • Narrated by Jeremy Donahue
  • 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For those of you who want to experience the War Between the States in one sitting, this is the book for you. Brother Against Brother is a collection of six Civil War short stories and two excerpts from both Union and Confederate points of view.
This collection gives listeners many different perspectives: drummer boys, brave-hearted soldiers, a prisoner of war, and even a young lady waiting at home for the war to end. Through every word, feel their terror, determination, pain, relief, and joy.
Stories:
"The Littlest Soldier"
A young orphan enlists as a Union drummer. What great feats can the littlest soldier accomplish?
"Bittersweet Parting"
This is an excerpt from Grits and Glory. Abolitionist, Peter Warren leaves behind his fiancée in order to fight for a cause he believes in.
"Taste of War"
A soldier sees the elephant for the first time. His experience is eye opening, and he soon learns that war isn't what he expected. The hype from the patriotic lads back home had been a bunch of lies.
"Confederate Mascot"
This is an excerpt from Journey to Glory. Told partly from a dog's point of view, he and his young master enlist in the Confederate Infantry.
"In Desperate Straits"
A poor southern woman comes across a message for help. When he finds the wounded Union soldier, she thinks that they can actually help each other.
"Elijah's Promise"
Elijah lied about his age so he could enlist as a musician. Brought up as a Quaker, he doesn't believe in war, and he wanted to avoid the draft. But will war change his beliefs?
"Prisoner of War"
Thomas was eating breakfast at his sister's house when a knock at the door turned his life upside down. Union soldiers have taken possession of their Southern town and have orders to torch the place. Taken prisoner, Thomas is surprised to meet a Yankee friend.
"A Soldier's Reflections"
A Civil War veteran reflects on the war and shares his wisdom with his grandson, Robbie, who wishes he'd been a drummer, too.

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Brother Against Brother

This is a collection of eight short stories (two of which were excerpts) set in the States during the Civil War period. Each story has its own characters, and its own messages. There's one message that lies all the way through: no good ever comes out of a war.

The stories present the brutality seen by the soldiers, the uncertainty and doubts of the soldiers as they enlist- not really knowing what they're getting into. Causing such heartbreak in their homes: one soldier enlists leaving his fiancé behind, others fake their age, they run away to war, run away from war and face the tough climate of poverty. Or sign on as confederates to obtain information from the other side, only to then become prisoners of war. I have to say my favourite story was that of the soldier and his loyal dog. I adore dogs, and this story was so sweet. Then there was that of a son's broken promise to his mother, which was such a powerful tale.

I don't want to get too much into the stories, since they're quite short (average length: 15 minutes, based on the audio book version). This collection was well written, you could almost envision the scenes playing out. I'd say the narration by Jeremy Donahue helped picture the stories, and gave life to the messages of each tale and obviously, to the voices of the characters.

There were sad tales, touching and heartfelt, but no profanity, graphic violence, sex. I'd say they are suited for anyone over 12 years of age.

I received this book through Audio book Boom.

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- Sara Niña

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-02-2016
  • Publisher: Expanding Horizons Press