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I ripped "The Secret Life of Bees" from a CD and put it on my MP3 player. However, when I tried to listen I discovered that my Sansa played the tracks in some weird order (alphabetical?) which was completely out of sequence. There was no announcement when a new track started. I couldn't even tell from listening when one track ended and the next one started; the transition was seamless.
When I got home I corrected this in 5 minutes by creating a playlist with the tracks in proper sequence. But I was home and not interested in listening.
It's as if the Books-On-CD folks anticipated this and tried to sabotage my efforts.
If you put a book on an MP3 player, you might want to test it out at home before leaving on tour.
A Civil War book I liked was The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. It's about the Battle of Gettysburg. After Michael Shaara died, his son, Jeff Shaara, started writing novels, including two that bookend The Killer Angels. They mimic the style of the father. My opinion is that the father was a much better writer, although I've read several Jeff Shaara books and they certainly aren't bad.
I also liked Cold Mountain. One Civil War book I didn't like so much was The March by E. L. Doctorow, though it won awards. I liked Gone With the Wind when I finally read it, though it was hard to shake the vestiges of the movie version.