Although countless books have been written about world war 2 this is still a worthwhile addition. The author is insightful and balanced in considering the roles of the many variables that affected the outcome of the war.
Interested in mostly history, biographies, autobiographies, classics, and Great Courses...with some Sci Fi thrown in for fun!
Roberts and Rodska combine to bring to life many larger than life characters in an incredibly good re-telling of story of World War II. Roberts has done fantastic research and has a plethora of first hand accounts that really add weight to the times and events of this great and tragic event.
Didn't read print version.
It was all very memorable since I was in high school at the time and my brother was in the pacific on a destroyer escort ship.
His typical British pronunciation of many of the words. His total inability to pronounce most of the American names of important people. And finally his use of foreign language sayings without explaining what the English version was.
I enjoyed the book except for the reader.
I've enjoyed other performances by Christian Rodska, but I found this one very difficult. I'm not sure if it was just the quality of his voice, which (to me) is sharp and somewhat nasal in this performance. Or if it is the combination of the voice and text, because I found it difficult to listen long enough at one time to get a sense for the quality of the text. Definitely 'sample' this one before you buy it.
Listen to Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, because that's the classic. As good now as when first published. But this is a great follow up. This is WWII for a modern audience. It gives a context, and a perspective, that Rise & Fall can't provide.
The author was so Anglo-centric that it sounded like Britain won the war with some help from the Russians. Oh, the Americans pitched in a little, too. There were many statistics given on the number of planes, the amount of materiel used, the number killed, etc., but it is hard to take any meaning from them when listening to an audiobook. My mind tended to wander during the recitation of the number of each type of ship involved or how many tons of bombs were dropped during a particular battle.
The book was very heavily weighted toward the war in Europe; I would estimate he spent less than 20% of the book on the entire war in the Pacific.
George Guidall-I could listen to him read the phone book!
I learned a lot about the European part of the war.
I really dislike when narrators try to use different accents for the various people being quoted. The narrator did a passable impression of Churchill, but the American accents were typically broad, the German accents were laughable, and Hitler came across sounding rather twee. I prefer for narrators to simply change the tone of their voice to show that they are quoting someone; it is much less distracting.
I know, general histories of the whole of WWII are usually just too shallow to be enjoyable. Drink deep at history's fountain or not all.
But still like a moth to fire, I always read them, and as a result know where an author is going or when they repeat common myths, or make minor mistakes, like here, mixing up the Heer and the Wehrmacht. Still, I liked Robert's book as he focuses more on areas that typically receive little coverage---CBI theater, fighting near Antwerp, etc.
Nothing new, just different focus and good way to waste hours of a dreary commute!
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
This one volume summary of the vast global struggle that was WWII requires some familiarity with the great conflict. Roberts does has a few fresh things to say but in order to get to them he must rush past other elements of the war. This is unavoidable, I suppose with this subject. He is at his best when analyzing the causes for some of the key events. I especially appreciated his conclusion of the causes for Allied victory and Axis defeat.
Christian Rodska reads this expertly. He even throws in a few impressions of major characters. His depiction of Churchill is spot on.
If you want a complete history of WW ll this is it. I liked it and enjoyed the book very much. I would recommend this book to anyone.