Very well done book. I enjoyed hearing the details of how the German army planned so meticulously how they would attack France. The best laid plans can fail. Good read. I highly recommend it.
I listened to this with expectations for it to be similar to "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich". But with such a narrow scope (literally only the month of August 1914) the story is bogged down in more details than what I was looking for as a casual listening experience. That being said, the narrator does an excellent job of speaking in accents from the parties at play, which is especially helpful as there are so many names to keep track of.
This should be required reading for students enrolled in AP World History, a college level world history course, or anyone interested in a well-structured history of the period. Brilliant, easy to listen to and understand, and thorough in its presentation of the subject matter. The book provides a remarkably personal look into the personalities and decisions that shaped the period leading up to, and ultimately determining the outcome of, the war.
I'm amazed at how some actions are taken to send a specific message, but it results in the opposite message being received. In Belgium, the Germans wanted to send a message that it is futile to resist them and Belgium should surrender immediately, but the acts of violence against civilians made the Belgians believe that the Germans must be resisted and pay for their barbaric acts.
This book is dense with events and with people, and the audiobook will move too quickly for you to pick everything up that you might while reading, leafing back, etc. Nadia May is absolutely charming in her representations of the various statesmen involved with her affected accents, but you will still get lost if this is your first foray into the events leading up to WW1.
However if you have studied the time period or have a special interest in the matter, the book/narrator combo do an amazing job of bringing the gentlemen behind these events to life. Would recommend.
Yes, B.W.Tuchman keeps the listener's interest high throughout in spite of the great depth of details she dives into but the details are not gratuitous, but carefully selected because they contribute to the overall story.
Make me think !
The performance by the reader is excellent but I wish she made more effort on foreign language dialog and names. Her use of ridiculous foreign accents to render English translations of foreign language dialogs is cartoonish and at times offensive. As a native French speaker, I also had difficulties recognizing the name of many places I am familiar with due to mispronunciation. It is not so much that she anglicizes the words but rather that she makes up the French pronunciation.
The author's thorough research and writing style brought this listener closer to understanding the complexities that shaped the Great War
The story is obviously great. The narration is decent, but this book is a terrible audiobook.
The book in print has maps. Without visual aids this is a difficult audiobook.
No idea. Gave up on the book.
Too many characters with one voice doing different characters.
Audible should state when the print version of the book has maps.