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Watson

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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
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    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"
    "Narrator is Cringe-Worthy, Book is Superb"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Marne, 1914 to be better than the print version?

    No, I would only suggest someone opt for the audiobook if they know they won't have time to read the print version.


    What other book might you compare The Marne, 1914 to and why?

    It is comparable in style to Herwig's other works, in that is is very well written - both from a historical standpoint and a literary standpoint. Herwig makes use of colorful anecdotes and personal accounts to add flavor to the historical narrative, so someone wanting to get their study of WWI off the ground need not fear his writing.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator actually has a very pleasant voice. His diction is excellent. However he has trouble pronouncing the French and German names and words that appear regularly in such a text. He pronounces "ElsaƟ" as "Elsahb", "Moltke" as "Moltkey", and makes many other errors that will slowly build in frustration for listeners who have even a cursory familiarity with either or both languages. At first I thought I would be able to get over it, but the frequency and severity of these mistakes borders on comical.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but that would've been near impossible.


    Any additional comments?

    While I don't agree that more detailed operational maps are necessary, it is important that any would-be listeners familiarize themselves with the geographical areas in discussion before diving into this title.

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