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Written from his death bed, The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant are written by the most well known Civil War General himself, Ulysses S. Grant. In a review of his life as a private citizen, as well as a general, Grant lets the listener know what a heroic figure he really was.

Like so many men before him, Grant describes being pressured into a certain way of life by his father. He never aspired for a military career, but his father insisted on West Point Academy for his schooling. Grant takes us through the Mexican-American War, his short retirement after the war, and his involvement in the Civil War. He points out specific historical figures that directly lead to successes and failures in his military career.

Grant also immerses the listener in battle scenes that leave you visualizing an old western movie. His depiction of the war leaves an impression as he goes into deep details about the little parts of daily life in the military, like the food, supplies, and ammunition wagons that delivered their goods to them. Grant gives intellectual commentary on why he believes the Civil War happened, why the South was doomed from the beginning, and surprisingly, how they were all the better for it in the end.

©2016 A.R.N. Publications (P)2016 A.R.N. Publications

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  • Leslie Solomon
  • 06/12/2016

British Pronunciation of Proper Nouns in America

Would you listen to Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant again? Why?

I am not certain, the book is very linear and fact based. On one hand it is apparent that Grant was not talented with rhetoric. On the other hand the book presents a wealth of knowledge and a prospective I wouldn't otherwise be exposed to.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator did an excellent job of elocution, and pronounced the names of many places phonetically correctly. However, in American English the spoken names of many places vary from the phonetically correct. American English is my primary language and I found this 'correct pronunciation' incredibly distracting and quite grating to hear the names like the Army of the Potomac, Maryland, and many other places pronounced in an atypical way. I don't begrudge the narrator, but I am spending a large percentage of this book thinking that's not the way we say that in America, as instead of to listening to content of the book.

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  • Wuan
  • 28/01/2018

Great source of information on the Civil War

The story was great but the performance was almost unbearable. Needs to be redone. Far too many mistakes in pronunciation.

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  • Rebecca Troth
  • 21/09/2016

Reader with an English accent?

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alastair Cameron?

Someone with an American accent. Hadn't realized I was downloading this version, read by a man who does not know how to pronounce U.S. cities, including the city where Grant lived before the war.

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  • Max
  • 24/10/2016

Narrator's voice

Narrator sounds like a computer. He's awful. Not intonation--just drones on and on. I'm switching to the other version of this audio book that's available on audible.com with a different narrator. I hope he's better. I could take more than four chapters of this guy.

The actual book, written by US Grant is very interesting.

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  • Ed Walters
  • 31/08/2017

Good story, terrible orator

The oratory was terrible. A nasally European should not have been chosen to read this book. Several times I wanted to turn it off because I could not stand to listen to the monotone reading. chose another audio version of this book because this narrator of this version could put you to sleep.

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  • Craig Dupree
  • 22/06/2017

Wrong Narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant to be better than the print version?

No

What did you like best about this story?

The details and behind the scenes observations.

How could the performance have been better?

If the narrator had researched the proper pronounciations for the places, it would have been a more pleasurable listen. Errors: Shiloh - Shelo, P.T.G. Beaureguard - Booregard, Appamatox - Appotamax..

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Thought provoking.

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  • Flat Floyd
  • 05/06/2017

English narrator, American history, no editor

Where does Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 25% in content.Dead last in narration (tied with a Basil Liddell Hart audio book)

What did you like best about this story?

For me it was the reconstruction of a historical figure I thought that I knew something about.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was truly gating. How can you be paid to narrate the book and not bother to look up the how to pronounce the American place names and surnames? Shiloh, Appomattox, far too many to note here. I can't believe it was released this way. Would you narrate English history and mispronounce "Thames" river? Every time?

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Extreme interest.

Any additional comments?

Missed the maps.

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  • William Moritz
  • 03/04/2017

Awful

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not a chance

What did you like best about this story?

The history as told bt Grant

What didn’t you like about Alastair Cameron’s performance?

Everything. His pronunciations of American historical sites was awful. Ah-PO-mah-tox for App-oh-MA-tox and chi-ca-HO-mah-ny rather than Chick-ah-HAH-mony, well understood AMERICAN pronunciations stands out to me as examples. This guy sucks as a reader of American history.

Was Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant worth the listening time?

Yes - This was, however, the longest I have ever taken to listen to a recorded book. This guy sucked as a narrator.

Any additional comments?

Listen to me.

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