The book is superb--a classic. There is a reason Barbara Tuchman was a great author of popular (and serious) histories. This is the book that put her on the map.
The entire book is memorable, as it nicely frames the utter insanity and futility of planned wars. It also highlights the senselessness of the underlying political disagreements that caused the war.
As a straight reader, he does a very good job. However, his performance goes off the rails when he affects various foreign accents when reading quotations attributed to the various historical characters in the novel. For example, when quoting Kaiser Wilhelm, he affects a very annoying, and not particularly convincing, German accent. He sounds like Artie Johnson lurking behind a potted palm. When he reads a quotation from a French figure, he affects a French accent, making him sound like someone trying to do an impression of Charles Boyer. It doesn't work and it's distracting to the narrative.
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