I've never written a review on here before but I had to say something about the joker narrating this book. As a fan of historical non-fiction I prefer there to be some accuracy in the treatment of the text by the narrator. Jonathan Davis fails at this, and he does so with gusto.
His inability to pronounce words (some quite simple if you know the subject matter) is grating, and frankly does a disservice to an otherwise spectacular entry in the library of modern histories on World War 2. For example:
The Somme: he pronounces it as "some"
Ira Eaker: "Acre"
La Marseillaise: The "Mar-sally"
And these are just of few examples of his butchery of words commonplace in the vocabulary of World War 2 history.
Also laughable was the narrators attempt to any accent that wasn't some form of English, American or Anzac. No matter the other nationality (French, Polish what have you) they came off as German. Apparently, once the Germans occupy your country you start sounding like them according to this narrator.
The book itself of course is fabulous and Rick Atkinson is a towering voice in accessible modern military history.
His contempt for the text was obvious in his inability to research even the simplest background of what he was reading beforehand. Apparenlty if you're not American, English or ANZAC you sound like a German as apparently the French, Polish, Russians, Indians all came across with a German accent.
Yes! Though it would make a better HBO mini-series
Read the book.
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