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  • The Marne, 1914: The Opening of World War I and the Battle That Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Holger H. Herwig
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    The long-term repercussions of the Marne were tragic: four more years of what the future German military historian Gerhard Ritter, a veteran of World War I, called the "monotonous mutual mass murder" of the trenches. During that time, Britain and the Empire sustained 3.5 million casualties, France 6 million and Germany 7 million. Without the Battle of the Marne, places such as Passchendaele, the Somme, Verdun, and Ypres would not resonate with us as they do.

    Dale H. Reeck says: "Strong Text"
    "Compelling Story Ruined by Narrator"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I could not finish listening to this audio book. While the story itself is clearly compelling, the rubbish narrator utterly ruins it.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    For me, this kind of subject matter doesn't work as an audio book. It is hard stuff. Perhaps if I could not read and had no alternative, I would go for it. Otherwise, no.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Good background and description of events leading up to the war.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    The narrator mispronounces people's names and places. And he pronounces the same place different ways (like Alsace). It utterly ruins the narrative, and complicates any further research one might care to make. I finally tore my headphones off in disgust.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Get a refund from the narrator and have someone else do it. Who vets these narrators out, anyway? Shame on them.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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