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Marc Dieters

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  • An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa (1942-1943): The Liberation Trilogy, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (242)

    The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is a story of courage and enduring triumph, of calamity and miscalculation. In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson shows why no modern learner can understand the ultimate victory of the Allied powers without a grasp of the great drama that unfolded in North Africa in 1942 and 1943. That first year of the Allied war was a pivotal point in American history, the moment when the United States began to act like a great power.

    Gene says: "It doesn't get any better than this."
    "Extensive review, Unbelievably detailed"
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    I never knew much about the operation in North Africa so I was completely new on the subject. This book absolutely blew me away. It's a mixture of facts of personal stories / quotes of the men who were there.

    The were numerous times I had to switch back to relisten a part because it's very easy to get lost in this book. The number of facts and places are staggering combining with the fact I've never heard of most of the areas / cities mentioned, make it an intensive journey.

    I feel enriched with all the knowledge gained from this book and I'm eager to start with part 2 and 3.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Less Than Victory: A Novel of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (148)

    After the success of the Normandy invasion, the Allied commanders are buoyantly confident that the war in Europe will be over in a matter of weeks, that Hitler and his battered army have no other option than surrender. But despite the advice of his best military minds, Hitler will hear no talk of defeat. In mid-December 1944, the Germans launch a desperate and ruthless counteroffensive in the Ardennes forest, utterly surprising the unprepared Americans who stand in their way.

    Greg says: "A Must for WWII aficionados! Best of the trilogy!"
    "Very good but not as good as Part 1 and 2"
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    The third part of this series plays out in the Ardennes, the battle of the bulge and afterwards. While this story starts out great, it ends a little disappointing.

    The first part of the book consist around Private Benson of the 106th Infantry Regiment. The story is told in such a way that you really experience the struggle Benson encountered in these extreme situations.

    The second part shift over to the germans (for the most part) and lets you experience their experiences in losing the war, The Allies experiences are told about the dicovery of the concentration camps.

    All in all, a very good book but I deducted a star because I believe the second part focusses too much on the german commanders and not on the men in the field.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Steel Wave: A Novel of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (160)

    General Dwight Eisenhower once again commands a diverse army that must find its single purpose in the destruction of Hitler's European fortress. His primary subordinates, Omar Bradley and Bernard Montgomery, must prove that this unique blend of Allied armies can successfully confront the might of Adolf Hitler's forces, who have already conquered Western Europe.

    Richard says: "The Steel Wave"
    "You're even more in the middle of it !!""
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    Like the first part of this series, this book tells a historical story from a personal perspective.
    This book tells the story of D-Day from the eyes of mainly American Forces.

    The big difference with part 1 is this story is more from the men on the ground and less from a commanders perspective.

    I really enjoy these personal stories. You really feel the emotions and experiences of the men.

    I'm totally hooked to this series.

    VERY highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (192)

    A modern master of the historical novel, Jeff Shaara has painted brilliant depictions of the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, and World War I. Now he embarks upon his most ambitious epic, a trilogy about the military conflict that defined the 20th century. The Rising Tide begins a staggering work of fiction bound to be a new generation's most poignant chronicle of World War II.

    C. McCoy says: "Thoroughly Enjoyed"
    "You're in the middle of it !!"
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    I absolutely love this title since it takes you in the middle of people who experienced it. This is not a fact by fact lineup of events.

    You experience the characters, from Eisenhower and Rommel to the regular soldiers and everything in between.

    The absurdity of Hitlers command structure, the endless struggle between the British and Americans and their attemps to work together.

    While this is fictional story (since it contains dialogs) it's based on facts and historical facts which I think makes this a unique piece of work.

    Highly recommanded !!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D-Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of WW II

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (160)

    Stephen E. Ambrose draws from hundreds of interviews with US Army veterans and the brave Allied soldiers who fought alongside them to create this exceptional account of the day that shaped the twentieth century. D-Day is above all the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their existence, when the horrors, complexities and triumphs of life are laid bare and courage and heroism come to the fore.

    Randy says: "This is an awesome story about the greatest day"
    "Very good extensive overview of D-day."
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    An unbelievably detailed overview of events of the 6th of June 1944. What I find the best thing about this book are the personal stories of the men who were there. Having visited Normandy several times, I really visualize the events by remembering the landing sites I have visited. This book really helped me provide a lot of insight about D-Day.

    There are also some things which I find a little disturbing:
    - About half the book is about Omaha Beach which I think is way too long.
    - The British and Canadian landings do not get the credit they deserve. Only 3 chapters cover these 3 landing beaches.
    - The book primarily focusses on the American efforts. Stephen does mention the other Allied forces but the book gives the idea that D-Day was primarily an American effort which is not the case at all.

    Still, I plan on reading / listening this book a second time. The amount of information is staggering, too much to remember in one go, al least for me :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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