A few weeks ago my fiance and I went on vacation to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It was both of our first time being there as we were too lazy to do the work in middle school to go on the school trip. I mean, who wants to write an 8-page paper and be at the school by 5:45 a.m. all for a 1-day school trip? Well, not us. So, for our anniversary (we’ve been dating for 7 years 😍) we decided to visit Gettysburg.
Once arriving, we found ourselves in the center of town where our Inn that we were staying in is. We were right near the house Abraham Lincoln stayed the night before delivering the Gettysburg Address, and so many shops. It was such a unique experience!
During our stay, we decided to do a tour of the battlefields. So we went to the Gettysburg Visitor Center and picked up an audiobook Auto Tour named The Gettysburg Story: Battlefield Auto Tour for $30. Being that neither of us did that paper I mentioned before, we really didn’t know too much about the history of Gettysburg. So we popped in the first disc and started the tour.
Title: The Gettysburg Tour: Battlefield Auto Tour
Publication Date: January 1, 2010
Goodreads Synopsis: This new audio tour and guide presents a gripping journey through the Gettysburg Battlefield following the official National Park Auto Tour route. It is based on the works of renowned historian and author, Gabor Boritt. Founder of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, for over thirty years he has given battlefield tours to luminaries ranging from Moses (aka Charlton Heston) to the President of the United States – and many others. Now this unique experience is brought to you by acclaimed actor Stephen Lang ( Colonel Quaritch in ‘Avatar,’ Stonewall Jackson in ‘Gods & Generals,’ Ike Clanton in ‘Tombstone,’ and George Pickett in ‘Gettysburg’). It is written and produced by filmmaker Jake Boritt. For new visitors and buffs alike, Lang’s stunning performance brings alive the story of the battle and Lincoln’s nation-changing address unlike anything you have ever heard before.
The Gettysburg Battlefield Auto Tour Features 3 CDs covering each day of the battle with 3 tour options ranging from 2 to 3 hours. The companion 72 page full color guide is packed with art, photos, text and more. The 14 full color maps are stunning, easy to understand and feature panoramic orientation guides to help visitors quickly get their bearings.
Now, I was going to do my normal review format, but I feel like this is one that I’m going to ramble a lot. Instead, I’m just going to continue talking about this amazing audiobook. If you’re not into history, I completely understand and know this is 100% off topic from any of my usual posts. But I will have a WWW Wednesday post up tomorrow and a book review of Pen & Xander up on Friday!
The 3 discs are accompanied by a short 72-page book that highlights certain information such as quotes from people in the war, maps showing where the Union and Confederate soldiers were, it also has What If? Scenarios that make you think. The book also has a map of the route for the Auto Tour which is very helpful if you decide to do one of the shorter tours, or want to keep track of where you are. We did the entire tour which took us about 3.5 hours because we got out and walked around a lot.
You start off listening to the background of the war before taking off the first stop on the tour. What made this great was that there was never a dull moment. When we drove we listened to the events that were taking place in our area. Then, when we got to the stops we would finish the audio and have the chance to walk around. There we were able to view the monuments and canons and other statues that decorate the battlefields. Because we just learned what happened in that exact spot, it was such a unique and fun experience.
We made our way through the 16 stops and saw how the Battle of Gettysburg played out. It was all laid out in front of us and the narrator described the scene before us. It was surreal and awesome all at once.
Now, I will admit that at times I would zone out from the audio. It wasn’t because it wasn’t interesting, only that after 2.5 hours of being on the road and being really hungry because it’s the only day we didn’t bring snacks with us, I was having a hard time focusing.
When first deciding whether to buy this Auto Tour instead of just driving around and following the signs (yes, there are signs everywhere so you can go without this), we weren’t sure. I mean $30 is a lot of money when we wanted this to be a cheap vacation (HA! As if that’s possible! 😉) But after deciding to buy it and listen to it all the way through, we’ve both decided that it was well worth the investment. It is informative, but not at all in a boring way. It provides insight and lessons that can not be taught. We experienced the drive through one of the bloodiest battles on American soil. We were able to see where the soldiers were during it. And it is something that can be used again and again on future trips.
So that is all of my rambling about this one. It is definitely something I highly recommend if you’re ever in the area to drive around Gettysburg. Or if you want some insight into Gettysburg, this could be for you.
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