yes - because of the topic
have not finished the book
I think that you should say in advance that it is read aloud by an Englishman with a British accent, not an American accent. It is not impossible to understand but not the best.
riveting part of history and helps to understand today's politics
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I'm fine with the fact that the narrator doesn't have a Hebrew accent. If he wants to pronounce leh-VEE esh-KOHL as LEH-vee ESH-kohl, that's fine. But LEE-vie (like the jeans)?? Really?? And Nes ZI-uh-na (with a zee sound) instead of Nes Tzi-O-na? The HA [like hat]-guh-nuh- instead of the hah [like hot]-gan-NAH? Drove me crazy throughout the book, and really detracted from my enjoyment of what was otherwise a terrific book.
This is the first Audible book I have finished. The history is captivating and well written with interesting and helpful anecdotes. I am looking forward to reading Ally, which I was looking for when I found this volume.
I throughly enjoyed the book. Thought I was familiar with the events of 1967 I still learned a tremendous amount of the inside story to the war.
The performance was good.
No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.
This book is an important recounting of the Six Day War, and also of the historical events leading up to it. The writing is slightly biased toward the Israeli point of view, yet this is understandable, given the magnitude of the Israeli victory in the conflict.
Personally, I chose to pair my listening of this book with "The Palestine-Israel Conflict" by Dan Cohn-Sherlock and Dawoud El-Alami, to gain a more up-to-date and hopefully more balanced perspective. This remains a sensitive and difficult issue, and hopefully listening to these books will serve to break down existing prejudices and pave the way to greater understanding and compassion.
Robert Whitfield is ideal as the narrator of this account.
Definitely! Well-written and excellently narrated
The fact that it is based almost entirely on contemporary accounts from people who were there from their letters and official documents and then is enhanced by their later accounts.
The stunning effectiveness and overwhelming success of the initial battles.
If you want to have an informed understanding of this pivotal event in modern Middle Eastern history this is the book. The author doesn't gush over either side but simply gives the facts of what was happening and how things developed.
This is a tough topic to take in. Especially, when you're giving info from both sides of the conflict. The author is obviously very knowledgeable in this topic, but I don't think he went into enough detail on "who is who". Tough topic coupled with a boring narrator really put me to sleep.
I don't mean any disrespect to either the author or the narrator. I'm hoping this comes across as constructive criticism.
I like to read but listening is better.
I would recommend the book if they are very interested in war and in history. Otherwise I probably wouldn't because this is a very detailed account. This book is for people who want a complete dissection of the events.
The climax of the book is Israel's preemptive attack on the Egyptian air force. The author spends the first half of the book giving an extremely detailed account of the history of the area and the actions leading up to the war. Thus, the reader is on edge, waiting to hear how the war finally begins.
Whitfield is solid. He doesn't add anything to the experience and he's not going to stick in any reader's mind. However, he doesn't take anything away from the experience either. He doesn't do anything annoying or distracting, and that is the most important thing.
This story is full of animosity, hate, lies, and confrontation. There are many moments of sadness. It's a book about war so obviously there is much violence and death. War is always a tragedy.
No matter what an author does he will always be criticized by some for being biased towards one side or the other. In this case, I thought the author was neutral and sincere. All sides were criticized and praised at certain times. If there are some facts that are unflattering to certain parties, there's really nothing that can be done about it.
The extensive use of first-hand accounts from participants on all fronts of the war whether millitary or diplomatic was what made this audiobook great. First hand accounts of the horror experienced by the Egyptian Airforce pilots sprinting through the desert after 3/4 of their planes were suddenly destoryed, the frustration of Israeli politicians as international pressure drove them to the brink of insanity, the tragic attack on the USS LIberty, the brutal hand to hand combat on the Golan Heights . Accounts of all these events were peppered with snippets from testimonies, diaries and memoirs that helped paint a brutal and believable picture of this highly controversial confilict.
Mr Whitefield's reading is crisp and clear, his correct pronunciation of most propper nouns also adds credibility to the story and keeps the listener from getting distracted.
The plight of King Hussein in Jordan was particularly saddening. Hussein was treated as an enemy by virtually everyone involved in the conflict despite all his attempts at reconciliation. The fact that he managed to hold his country together despite the loss of the West bank and most of his army is amazing.
The sheer number of people, places, and events appearing in this work made it sometimes difficult to follow the story. Although I found the details on the political powerplay that went on before and during the conflict fascinating, I often got frustrated trying to follow the blow by blow accounts of what felt like every skirmish in the war. History and millitary buffs will love this book, Anyone without a real interest in the Israeli-Arab conflict will probably feel that the story moves too slowly and that the author goes into too much detail on minor points.