The Guns of August does an excellent job of digging into not only the events of the First World War, but the train of events that led up to them. Commanders' decisions and perceptions, odd turns of fate, miscommunications, and chance encounters all spiral together into familiar battles.The author manages to create tension and anticipation of events whose outcomes are already known.
A book that focuses on the people, movements and thoughts of the major players at the beginning of WW1. A great book that deserves its reputation.
The Guns of August is a gripping recreation of the first month of WW1. How the world could spin out of control wasting a generation of young lives is a chilling tale. My only reservation is with the reader who chose to imitate French and German accents. As a native French speaker, I found this irritating. I am sure that a German speaker would feel likewise. Other than that the reader is excellent. I highly recommend this book.
No. I think that both versions hold up equally well. It is a compelling story well told by a knowledgeable historian.
Tuchman manages to capture the full scope of the first month of the Great War with detail and a flair for the right level of detail
Thematically, I think that she truly captured the spirit of the time with her discussion of the Funeral of Edward VIII.
The Guns of August were much louder than the Guns of June or July...
A compelling history of an important period.
I can't imagine a different narator being as in-tune with Tuchman's tone as Nadia May (aka Wanda McCaddon). The author gives the subject matter the writing skills it deserves.
Drop the accents
I am a big history buff (particularly history of the world wars) and a large consumer of both traditional books and audio books but this one missed the mark for me. The writing and the story are both terrific (I ended up reading the kindle version). The book is very detailed and insightful, but in my opinion, the audiobook is just not a great format for this particular tale and the narration made it even worse. Firstly, there are simply too many names and locations in this book to sort out and many of those names sound similar. The fact that most are non-english makes them all the more challenging to track when read aloud. That, combined with the narrator Nadia May's awful and frankly distracting use of "accents" caused the story become incredibly difficult for me to follow. I regularly found myself spacing out only to realize that I had missed large sections of the story which, as an historical account, meant that I was missing important facts in the chain of events. I think even if the narration was not a distraction, this would be a tough book to listen to. In my opinion, reading the information on a page simply allows for more retention and in this book, the information is dense and critical to the story.
Great writing, great reading and an excellent non-fiction choice for a listener interested in history; its insights into the mindsets of those involved in the "Great War" are unique. This is truly worth ones money and, more importantly, ones time. If you like history, add this book to your list of inerests!
Less recitation of facts, like the begats in the Old Testament, would have made a better beginnig.
A cross between a lector in church and a high school drama teacher
Sure: it won the Pulitzer Prize.
Maybe I'll try a print version some day, after I run out of audio books to listen to.