No, I would only suggest someone opt for the audiobook if they know they won't have time to read the print version.
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.
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 "Elsaß" 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.
Yes, but that would've been near impossible.
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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