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.
As a great admirer of Mr Shaara's work, I found this one book, the first of his WW II trilogy, a superb achievement in his re-telling of the events in North Africa. It brought to light a different side of many of the German characters that I was not aware of either. I was always taught while I grew up the all German soldiers and the officers were mindless, fanatical servants to Adolf Hitler. While some were, many were not. Something I found quite interesting. By the end of the story I found myself sympathizing with Field Marshall Rommel. A wonderful story, which was well narrarated by Paul Michael.
I absolutely love this title since it takes you in the middle of people who experienced it. This is not a fact by fact lineup of events.
You experience the characters, from Eisenhower and Rommel to the regular soldiers and everything in between.
The absurdity of Hitlers command structure, the endless struggle between the British and Americans and their attemps to work together.
While this is fictional story (since it contains dialogs) it's based on facts and historical facts which I think makes this a unique piece of work.
Highly recommanded !!!!!
Yes, it gave such a great insight into the decisions faced by these very famous historical figures.
Rommel was by far the most interesting character. It is easy to assume that every German soldier was a Nazi but the reality is that there were many brave and brilliant German soldiers who were continually hamstrung by Fascist world views and ego's gone wild.
I think his ability to create a number of accents adds to the listening experience. This is especially the case with some of the nuances of the American accents.
Rommel…What could have been.
I am always impressed with Shaara's research to find in depth details of "ordinary guys" to bring a key event to life! Another great book.
Married with five kids. Professional military & Sports photographer.
Yes. Great general history lesson in general but not specifically with thoughts and conversations.
This guy is not a reader, he is an actor who reads. He nails so many different voices and accents it was truly amazing. He does this so well you know who is talking just by the way each character talks (and there are a lot of characters). Best male reader I've ever heard.
Good start to Shaara's trilogy with a good story from several perspectives and amazing reading.
I love WWII history and was excited about listening to this book. I really enjoy this genre of books where authors draw on true history and mix in fiction in the form of educated guesses on conversations etc... With that said, I was slightly disappointed. It's my fault. I listened to this book on the heals of Herman Wouk's books Winds of War and War & Remembrance and also after listening to the first two books of Ken Follett's Century Trilogy.
In the works from Wouk and Follett you are treated to a plethora of extremely well developed characters and you become engrossed in their lives. You know their thoughts, desires, strengths, weaknesses, and inner-most thoughts. This book was more straight forward - it was about the combat and the men that waged the war and that was all. Had I have listed to this book first I am sure I would have a different perspective. Jeff Shaara is a great writer and his research, attention to detail, and historical accuracy is second to none. I enjoyed this book but missed the varied perspectives I got from Wouk and Follett. Any student of history cannot help but like this book and I will absolutely invest in the follow up tome as well as other Shaara books.
I just wanted to set expectations for fans of Follett and Wouk. This is slightly different kind of fictionalized history. The only comment I have on Paul Michael is - and I know how odd this sounds but long time Audible junkies will know what I mean - that he often sounds as though he is reading rather than performing as the great narrators do.