No prior knowledge of the cultural string is required due to meyer's alternating of background and content chapters
Does an excellent job of explains how the war started and how recent and long ago history contributed to the war starting.
Loved the book and reading. Wonderfully read but there are a number of spots where it sounds like they dubbed in parts. Not a problem but kind of broke the flow.
Yes, I am actually on my second listen. I read this book when it was released and was very pleased to see an unabridged audio version available, so I purchased it. What is even better than the original reading experience is the perfect choice of a narrator who pronounces the key geographical features (especially in France) properly and does a great job of conveying the properly subtle humor the author includes within the text as well as providing a great tone of somberness during certain passages that make the words more memorable.
As far as WWI, I really can't compare it to others except perhaps that as a one volume account it follows a basic front to back explanation of the war much like John Keegan's "The First World War". However, Meyer conveys the essence of the conflict in a much more lively and readable way than the slightly more clinical view laid out in the work of Keegan and other authors. The background sections are brilliant and if one were to ask me to pick a book on WWI that will engage the most skeptical of young history students, this would be that work.
Too many to name, but the background sections were a great addition to the normal narrative of the work. The most memorable and heart rending section to read involves the story of the soldier-poet Wilfred Owen and how he was killed in action just before the end of the war and his mother receiving the telegram informing her of his death on the actual day of the Armistice and as the church bells were ringing to celebrate it. I also thought that the way the author explained the political/military situation and how it ended up turning into a war very well.
Yes, if only I had the time to do so all at once!
Great book that breathes some life into the history without being strictly focused on the military aspects of the war. Definitely not a dry and boring book!
Yes. There was such tremendous and detailed information, I'm sure I could listen again and learn new things I missed the first time around.
I realized, on this 100 year anniversary of the start of WWI, that I knew very little about the Great War. This book is a captivating and extremely detailed educational tome. I wish this had been assigned to me in school, because the lessons from WWI are invaluable in evaluating modern warfare and politics. I liked the book so much I bought it as a Christmas gift for my mother.
An excellent one volume overview of WWI. I like that it was chronological rather than topic based. The exception being the short background sections which covered a single topic or person in more depth.
A good, solid account of the Great War from start to finish.
I do compare this book to The Guns of August and I like this one much better. It's a more complete story that presents the main protagonists in what feels like an accurate light at least. Guns left me with a more 'romanticized' view of some of the generals. Especially Joffre.
Robin Sachs is easy to listen to. Listening to an audio book does allow one to concentrate on picturing the scene instead of reading the words.
I listened to this book twice and I'm sure I'll listen to it again. It's simply too long for one sitting but I did listen for several hours at a time.