Yes and no. It's very dry. It's well researched to be sure, but very statistical. He, like many history writers, uses French phrases without a translation. Parts are very good. I like the details about the battles. Especially the Romanian front, which has received very little coverage. I just think for the most part, it's far too general: "this division attacked this division at this place. The Russians had x amount of men, x amount of heavy guns, x amount of light guns.....etc" these are all important facts to be sure, but first hand accounts would go a long way to making a better story.
He repeatedly says "thousand million" as opposed to "billion". He is British and perhaps that's the normal way there. If so, then it's fine, but it makes me cringe every time I hear it. Other than that- he's a fine narrator.
I would love to see a documentary focusing on the eastern front in World War I
The narrator isn't bad, but for Gods sake, the man can't for the life of him say the word "cavalry". It sounds ridiculous I know, but he constantly says "calvary" and it started off ok, then I started to wince every time and now I just get mad. Why didn't anyone tell him? Other than that he's not a bad narrator at all and I would listen to more of his books so long as they don't involve cavalry...
It should be, but it won't.
The first half is very very dry.
Yes. It's a cool story
Czar Peter. He was extraordinary.
He has a lisp that is difficult to get over.
No- it's like 40+ hours long...
Depending on the subject matter
Most of my friends aren't interested in history the way I am, but assuming I had some who were I would probably do so, but make sure to tell them that most of the book is very dry.
Yeah, I guess.
The book is very long which is good. It's very detailed. The descriptions of the battles are great. It could have been better. Maybe better imagery and a bit shorter. The last chapter went back over everything which isn't a bad idea, but just seemed to drag on. I'm glad I got it. It taught me a lot but for those who aren't really interested in this time, this isn't the book for you at all.
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