In the top ten books I have listened to. Usually, military history is tough to listen to. Too many places and names. This was well written, and well read, and because I had a significant background in the topic it was easy to follow.
If you are like me and watched movies like Patton and The Big Red One as a kid, this book and its predecessor puts it all in context. For military enthusiast, this book is a must.
Its just a good fun time. It isn't serious literature, but a good spy novel.
Seriously, George Guidall could read the phone book and I would listen to it. The guys voice is gold!
I had a hard time engaging with this book. It is part of a larger series written by GMF. The prior books had the same narrator whose voice, tone, and tempo were familiar to me. I am not sure why Audible doesn't have the version the prior narrator performed, but this is a weaker version.
Definitely. This book does a masterful job describing not only the blow by blow accounts of the war, but also the home front of Nazi Germany. The most interesting aspect was the accounts of life in Germany immediately after the war.
People like me who have an interest in this area of history were brought up believing that the Nazis were a small minority who did not enjoy the support of the German people. Furthermore, the German people had no idea about what was happening in the death camps. This book shatters that myth, and destroys the long professed alibi of the German people that it was all the SS and Nazis who committed atrocities.
The accounts of the Wehrmacht's interaction with the civilian population in Eastern Europe and Russia strips away any pretense that the SS were the only bad guys in the war.
One criticism I have of the book is that the author is a too kind to Soviet Russia, and discounts many atrocities that they committed. Keeping that in mind, it was a good read.
The book was interesting, but a bit repetitive. I seemed to plow the same ground (no pun intended) over and over again.
Very few authors are gifted narrators. These authors are now elderly women, whose voices sound like they belong to old women in Florida or Arizona retirement communities talking about golf. If you are narrating a book about sex, a voice that matches the topic is necessary. I was kind of annoyed by a grandmotherly voice talking about swinging and multiple sex partners.
Yes, because it tells the truth and strips the BS away from the history we were taught. We watched movies like Patton and thought the US was amazing in WW2. The reality is that, like in the build up to Iraq, the Americans were naïve. To me, it was stunning to see how ill prepared and clueless we were going into WW2. Thank god we went to Africa first and got our asses kicked, otherwise we would have gone straight to Normandy, lost, and Germany would control Europe still today.
I will listen to any thing he narrates. He is the best!
I loved how the personal side of "the enemy" was shown. Its so easy to ignore or demonize an enemy, but they, like we, struggle to keep humanity in the midst of battle. This book shows how hard it must have been for Germans to keep duty and humanity in balance. It also had very poignant moments. Its was well worth the credit.
This is a middle of the pack book. The trouble with military history in audio format is that you zoom past the large number of places names and dates. Its hard to keep it all straight. It was interesting, and I knew next to nothing about this period in history, so I am glad I got it.
The only reason I wouldn't read it again is because I already know the denouement (sp). I didn't see that coming. WOW!
I would tell you but it would ruin the entire book.
I really liked the tag team reading. At first it threw me off, but then it made sense.
if the authors had been more interested in history than covering the Mormon church's back side this would have been a better read.
No. These guys were hacks. They had one mission with this book: convince Mormon faithful that their leaders were as innocent as Mormon clergy tells them they are. It was ridiculous. The claim that they had access to church archives may have been true only because the church knew these guys could be trusted to ignore any incriminating evidence.
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