The guided tour by the Park Ranger was excellent. I learned so much about Fredericksburg and he brought the battle to life.
The same can not be said of the audio tour. I was charged about $15 for the CD. I now understand there is a way to rent the CD, but that was not offered to me. The tour consists of about 12 locations. On the positive side, it did get me to a few downtown locations that I might have missed on my own. But there were many other stops that just had me looking at some trees. I had traveled for miles and there was nothing to see. Even worse, the narration offered little insight into the Fredericksburg battle. I learned so much from the Park Ranger. The CD had comments like the union was on the left of you, the confederacy was on the right. They fought for several hours before ..... Totally uninvolving and not interesting. Other than some pointed comments to Burnside from his subordinates (You can't place your artillery there, General) there was no reason to listen to the narration.
I told the people in the gift shop how disappointed I was with the CD. I was told that 99% of the people love the CD. So, I guess I am in the minority.
Don't miss the Ranger tour, however.
My rating is just for the CD. I would rate the Ranger tour as five stars.
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