No. While entertaining, I am looking for more insight I. My history reading.
He can cut out a lot of background material to tighten the focus on just the protagonists and their ordeal in Tobruk. We do not need to know about the origin of Nazi germany or other potted history like that.
Fun presenter, like a sports announcer. Playing up the Aussie "bloke" stereotype which can turn someone off.
To look for another more serious treatment on that campaign.
This book is excellent. FitzSimons avoids writing a dry history and instead gives a lively narrative that leaves you with a sense of the what life was like during the siege of Tobruk for the soldiers on the frontline, their commanding officers and their loved ones at home.
Humphrey Bower's performance is exceptional, particularly when it comes to the accents of the various soldiers in the campaign and his delivery of the German phrases and words. Each character in the story is given a life of their own and this is what lifts this from a simple historical account to a story that everyone needs to hear.
Say something about yourself!
The author found it necessary to recount all the major events of the war before Tobruk in depth, including WWI, the Versailles Treaty, and the Rise of Hitler, interspersed with mundane details about the private lives of the soldiers.
Seriously, I'm 1/3 of the way into this Odyssey, and Rommel's just now arrived in Africa.
This author needed an editor to force him to cut it down to size.
I enjoy listening to audible recordings while exercising and doing tasks around the house. My interest is mainly on historical nonfiction.
I loved this book. I would certainly recommend it to someone who likes the personalization of war. It contains many little details of how the war in North Africa was conducted by individual soldiers, especially the Australian troops. It has a definite Aussie slant.
The portrayal of the "Desert Fox", Irwin Rommel was especially good and well balanced. It did not dress him up and make it look like he did not make mistakes. He certainly did and they are well illustrated in the book.
Not necessarily, it is a book which can be broken into parts and does not suffer from leaving it for a few days.
The book does a great job of balancing the battle for Tobruk between the Australian and German perspectives. The author also adds a lot of language peculiar to the Australian defenders which adds color to the story. There is emotion in the story as the battle inevitably takes its toll on both sides. The author also adds in the political element which overshadowed the British/Australian relationship in the North African theater.
When one of the main characters is killed - it is a moment of great sadness and how it affects the character's family at home is quite moving.
The accent adds much to the story. Being an American I may not know exactly how to relate to a particular saying but the narrator does a great job making it relevant.
Yes. I will most likely still buy the physical book as it is one of the few in-depth accounts i have run into about the siege of Tobruk.
A fantastic read detailing many sides to the seige of Tobruk. I picked up the story at every opportunity. Another great effort by Peter FitzSimons. Thank You
In the spirit of Stephen Ambrose, Mr. Fitzsimsons Tobruk tells a great story of the men who bravely held and fought for stronghold. Good story telling! I recommend it.
This is an account of the men, particularly Australians, who stopped the much better equipped German army, led by General Rommel, in its long siege of Tobruk. The story is gripping , but was slightly marred for me by the author's use of dated slang in describing the action.