This book seemed far more history than novel.It was quite dry from the perspective of reader to character connection. Still, I learned a lot about WWII and may continue with the next 2 books in the series.
Jeff Shaara takes you into the lives and experiences of many different characters during WWII. It's written in a first-hand account of each man, from Dwight Eisenhower to the common soldier on the ground. It was truely fascinating for me to get a sense of the what life for these many characters were like. The political and military back-room dealings, the banter of soldiers the night before a fight, and the raw intensity of battles. It's read, and written, with sword-stabbing realism, you can feel the anxiety of generals who are making crucial decisions, the fear and bravery of the common soldier on the ground. It's breath taking, and will hit you with a sledge-hammer when you're done.
I can't recommend this enough. I can't wait to get the other books in this series.
I LOVE Jeff Sharra books! I have all of his stuff that Audible carries! This one was ALMOST as good as his other ones. I found that the way the story was organized and flowed was just a bit confusing. After a while I got what he was doing and why, but it took a bit of patience for me. All and all this is still better than any other ‘historical fiction’ out there. I am looking forward to his next release! Get this book!
Enjoyable account of the US involvement in the N. Africa and Sicily campaigns of 1942-43. Absolutely gripping: the narrative of the night drop onto Sicily. It's good to have maps with this one (just about the only downside of audiobooks). Suggested complementary non-fiction reading: An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson.
I love history and historical novels. Unfortunately, this dragged on and on and on. I had several close relatives who served in WW 2 and hoped this would give insight into what they experienced. I listened to the whole book thinking at some point it would pick up but never did. It was filled with tedious and useless details. I never felt connected with any of the characters and don't feel that I learned anything at all from this book. I wasn't even sure when it was finished!
On the positive side, the narrator did a wonderful job and was the only reason I was able to complete the book. I would definitely listen to more of his books but never from this author.
This book provided a perspective on the Italian campaign I hadn't considered. Most of the histories about WW2 dwell on d-day and after... My dad was a muleskinner in Italy and I now need to look at that aspect more closely. This was an engaging novel and well worth the listen!
23 hrs was ay too much for this audiobook.it would be a candidate for abridgement. Did not feel the time or placeof the rising tide. Reading the book may do it justice.
Great performance by Paul Michael. [Does varieties of American, British, German, and Italian dialects, and a pretty good Churchill too.] Captivating story of the beginnings of WWII through the eyes of the top Brass and the lowest ranking soldiers.