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James

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  • The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (419)

    Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman here brought to life again the people and events that led up to World War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't. A classic historical survey of a time and a people we all need to know more about, The Guns of August will not be forgotten.

    Chrissie says: "Pay attention!"
    "Great book, well written, odd performance."
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    Where does The Guns of August rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Guns of August?

    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.


    What three words best describe John Lee’s voice?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


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