Love reading. Three kids keep me busy so listening to books has become necessity.
Definitive history of The Second World War.
Very detailed and interesting but it some of the less known facts of just how low humans can sink that is the most memorable and disturbing.
Great narration coveys the events of the Second World War with power.
The behaviour of troops to civilians of the countries they are fighting is touchy at times but more often than not very challenging listening.
If you are history fan, particularly of the Second World War, then this is the book for you.
An excellent history of WWII. Very comprehensive with fresh insights. Recommend. I especially enjoyed the analysis regarding what Stalin thought of Roosevelt & Truman.
This was a pretty in-depth book about World War 2 it does seem to spend a lot of time on the atrocities of the sides involved more so then the battles that took place, But it is still very interesting.
Detailed descriptions of the impact of war.
Sean Barrett is the perfect narrator for this material. His voice carries the emotion of the work. His character voices are wonderful.
The invasion of Berlin.
This audio book is a fantastic package.
History, historical fiction and mysteries are my faves, but a fan of all genres.
A complete detailed view of WW2, with some interesting little known events including China. The Eastern Front told as it should be with its importance and scale emphasized.
His light English accent is stoic and fits the material well. the narrator nails every foreign name and term with expertise and does an excellent impersonation of the accent of everyone he quotes.
This would be a difficult and overly detailed (and thus boring) work to anyone who does not already have a strong understanding of the trends and larger contexts of World War II. I highly recommend this for someone looking to further their knowledge of the subtleties of WWII, but not a good starter work.
I was astounded that Beevor began this with a couple of chapters of turgid imprecations against the nasty Nazis. Do we really have to hear that these days, in a contemporary history of WW2? Were they still sounding off about the infidelities of Bonaparte in the 1880s? I mean, come on. Drop the wartime propaganda, Tony, it isn't your thing. Pretend you're Duff Cooper. Loose Lips May Sink Ships.
Once we get into the war we are on solid ground and the story moves smoothly. I really appreciated the attention paid to Yugoslavia, Greece, Crete, and the other sideshows that usually get neglected. Beevor is fair but not lenient on Churchill's ditherings in the last two years of the war.
I have some age related eye issues and this book is over 800 pages long so listening is much easier than reading. I listened to much of it on a 7 day cruise as I walked 45 miles on the deck.
The retreat of the Germans from the Red Army
This is not a book for the weak of heart. Many graphic details of the horror of the war and the effect on the citizens and soldiers that were involved.
Yes. Learned a great deal.
Would have preferred more attention to broad issues and concepts and less detailed focus on battles
Behind the scenes discussion and critique of military leaders
Minute details of each battle
Buy maps of the war
Beevor is a military historian. However, not all readers are as fascinated with the detail he goes into. Would have preferred greater focus on political history.
I am an old guy born on the eve of America's involvement.(Feb 1942.) WWII. I have read quite a few books and seen a lot of TV programs about WWII. This book has it all,and fills in many gaps in my knowledge.I am about a third way through it.I can't get in my car without put it on with my Kindle and listening to it through the speakers. Sometimes I sit there with the engine running waiting for a particularly dramatic portion to finish.
I would disagree with anyone who says that the book is dull,or that it does not cover all the areas,such as the Russian or Asian fronts.
Much of the stuff that happened is sad beyond belief. If this was a good war,I would hate to see a bad one.The book is is powerfully dramatic yet understated. The thing that comes across again and again is the boneheadedness of leader after leader including generals and politicians who ignored the obvious in pursuit of their fixed ideas. It was way the innocent who paid the price for their stupidity. Also we should not complain so much about out bad times,as we do not know what bad times are.
The book operates on a macro level with fascinating evaluation of what went on behind the scenes yet is sprinkled with fascinating details. There is even humor as in the fate of of the captured Italian divisions prostitutes who taken prisoner and forced to spent the rest of the war in a convent.