I have read many world war 2 histories and I usually don't purchase the new ones anymore as most of what can be written has already been said many times by other authors. With that in mind, I purchased The End as this book does focus on the final end of the third Reich and looks at that aspect of the war with a new angle.
The problem is that there just isn't enough new insight to justify the huge length of this book. The author repeats his central thesis over and over again into tedium. I was very pleased when the book was finally over so that I could go on to listen to something else. Everything that was needed to be said in the book could have been done effectively with half the length or less.
The narrator is not the issue here
No, far too long
Lars Brownworth's work is a fine piece of popularized history. However he has already given this work away for free as a podcast, and thus I cannot recommend spending money on this audiobook.
Initially I was highly suspicious of this book's title. However, a recommendation and reviews on another site convinced me to burn a credit on this recording.
From the Moniker "Badass" I figured it could go either one of two ways: it was going to be a lowbrow treatment of history, or a history with wit and a more sophisticated sense of crude humor (like George MacDonald Fraser).
Sadly, It turns out the credit was wasted and it lived up to my worst fears.
If you are looking for history or humor and don't want to cringe at the constant "dudespeak" look elsewhere.
If you are a teenage male who needs to find an easy book to report on so you can maintain a C- average in history class to avoid getting your playstation taken away, then you have found your title.
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