It is a fascinating story
I'm a relative newcomer to listening to non-fiction via audio books. However, I felt the production of the audio book suffered from serious deficiencies. I'm not fingering the narrator by any means - I felt the audio quality of his voice was quite good. My complaint stems from the literalness of transferring the written text to audio and in doing so not providing sufficient structure and delineation that is normally provided through visual means such as font and a table of contents.
The delineation between chapters was often hard to follow and very easy to miss as the narrator voice did not change tone and simply said "5 the beginning of the cold war" ... no pause between text, no music, no other audio means of delineating a chapter start and stop. Annoying.
My second gripe is that with non-fiction I like to know the structure of what is coming , i.e. the authors break down in their analysis of the topic. This was sorely lacking and I really felt this book could have done with a small section sprinlked throughout the book detailed the structure of the book (i.e. a verbal table of contents)
Many details and back stories about countries and political philosophies that help the listener better understand the competing values that were at stake before, during and for years following the war.It also helped me understand why the U.S. was able to become such a world power after the war.
Seemed to be obsessed with quoting numbers that, while startling, most of us aren't going to remember.
Monotone voice. No inflection just really flat.
Having learned history only through the lens of the American experience and point of view, I have never really understood why there was so much resentment towards Americans. This book is written by a Brit and offers insight to the experience of the Europeans during and after WWII.
Most of the information was from a new point of view and offered a different perspective than I could not have developed on my own by consuming history written by Americans.
The book seems to skip about, but it is only a literary tool used to keep the timeline synchronized as the author worked each country into the history. At some points it was a little difficult to follow and there were some parts that seemed disingenuous, but that is only my opinion based on my perspective.
Outstanding book, fantastic education and it was well read. I completely enjoyed it.
Top tier history audiobook. Struck the ideal balance between detail and broadstroke trends.
Up until this audiobook my exposure to history ended at WW2 and my awareness of current events of european politics began in the late 1980's. The massive changes occuring in western and especially eastern europe was essentially unknow to me. Tony Judt clarified the tumultous post war years with clarity despite juggling many different story lines (eastern vs western, social vs political) at the same time.
very comprehensive. discussed many topics.
very detailed overview of the topic, considering the shear breadth of the work.
A more captivating story, I was under the mistaken impression that this was historical fiction.
That book is pure, factual, history.
Narration was fine.
boredom, overwhelmed by factual information
maybe an unfair review because my expectations were so wrong. I would never have otherwise rented a 43 hr. history lesson.
The scope and scholarship, coupled with the readability and gripping prose.
It was accessible without being dumbed-down
Pacing, gravitas and colour
A good accompaniment to Bloodlands, by Timothy Snyder
For anybody that wants to understand Europe, the political and the social conditions in the continent as a whole and in the different countries - this is a great read!
Well written, comprehensive description of the postwar decades throughout west and east Europe.
I found the last parts on east Europe are especially fascinating!
too many statistics
can't think of any
I was looking for a story moved along. This didn't.
The story was hard to get into, along with the length of the book
Not worth the credit or money unless you preview