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Timothy

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  • The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans and the Battle for Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Andrew Wheatcroft
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (154)

    In 1683, an Ottoman army that stretched from horizon to horizon set out to seize the "Golden Apple", as Turks referred to Vienna. The ensuing siege pitted battle-hardened Janissaries wielding 17th-century grenades against Habsburg armies, widely feared for their savagery. The walls of Vienna bristled with guns as the besieging Ottoman host launched bombs, fired cannons, and showered the populace with arrows during the battle for Christianity's bulwark.

    Shaun says: "Excellent work"
    "Interesting tale with a few asides..."
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    Performance
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Somewhat well spent. I got the feel in the book that the author was a bit over zealous in his effort to try to be balanced in presenting the two combantants as morally equally corrupt. I often would hear additional negative adjectives tied to the armies of the west and less often with the turks. Almost as though he often over compensated.

    The lead up to the battle of Vienna itself was a bit drier than the rest of the book. I considered stopping about 2 hours in. But I held out and enjoyed the rest of the book.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    Fine even reading, was not a distraction or a highlight.


    Was The Enemy at the Gate worth the listening time?

    ultimately, it was not time wasted. Just not the overwhelming success I have had with other reads (Try Barbara Tuckman!).


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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