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A World Undone Audiobook

A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918

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Publisher's Summary

The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed 20 million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today.

World War I is unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After more than 90 years, scholars remain divided on these questions, and it seems likely that they always will. A World Undone does not claim to have all the answers - if answers are even possible. However, it will provide listeners with enough information to understand why the questions persist, and perhaps in some cases, to arrive at conclusions of their own. A World Undone is a grand, tragic story brilliantly told.

About the author: G. J. Meyer is a professional writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Harper’s, and many other publications. While working for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he was awarded a Nieman Fellowship by Harvard University. He is the author of the New York Times best seller The Tudors, the Edgar Award-winning The Memphis Murders, and other works.

©2006 G. J. Meyer (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A World Undone is an original and very readable account of one of the most significant and often misunderstood events of the last century. With a historian’s eye for clearheaded analysis and a storyteller’s talent for detail and narrative, G. J. Meyer presents a compelling account of the blunders that produced the world’s first ‘great war’ and set the stage for many of the tragic events that followed.” (Steve M. Gillon, resident historian, the History Channel)

“Thundering, magnificent…This is a book of true greatness that prompts moments of sheer joy and pleasure. Researched to the last possible dot…It will earn generations of admirers.” (Washington Times)

“Meyer’s sketches of the British Cabinet, the Russian Empire, the aging Austro-Hungarian Empire, the leaders of Prussia with their newly minted swagger, are lifelike and plausible. His account of the tragic folly of Gallipoli is masterful.” (Los Angeles Times)

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    Nicolai 09-07-16
    Nicolai 09-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book, but with a few inaccuracies"

    Good book, great reader. There are a few inaccuracies, especially when dealing with subjects beyond the western front, but all in all a great introduction with a welcomed focus on the background of the conflict and some of it's central characters!

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    ryan 08-28-16
    ryan 08-28-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Best World War One history"

    Excellent World War One history.. An important read for everyone to understand not only the war but the reasons why many other tragedies of the 20th and 21st centuries occurred. 10/10

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    M 08-23-16
    M 08-23-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent and riveting retelling of WW1"
    Would you listen to A World Undone again? Why?

    Yes. Learned a ton about WW1. Great overview book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A World Undone?

    Don't remember specifics, but do remember wanting to cry.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, see above.


    Any additional comments?

    Great overview. Tragic war. Good book even if you don't already know a ton about WW1. Good performance.

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    Ben 08-16-16
    Ben 08-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining and Intellectual"

    I've never thought much about WWI, but having finished a book on the second war I dove into this one. Striking visuals and wonderful detail without getting mired down.

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    3dvizwiz Colorado, United States 07-31-16
    3dvizwiz Colorado, United States 07-31-16

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    "Probably better in a printed format"
    Would you try another book from G. J. Meyer and/or Robin Sachs?

    Unlikely. There seemed to be some illustrations that would have been extremely useful in understanding some of the descriptions of the movements of the various armies.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Emotion and inflection seemed to be mostly missing. The performance was more of a recital than anything else.


    Any additional comments?

    The "background" sections were the most interesting for me, as they brought a sense of humanity to the overall story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Russell Bernard Salt Lake City, Utah United States 07-21-16
    Russell Bernard Salt Lake City, Utah United States 07-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Expanded my view of the world"

    Listening to this book expanded my knowledge of the western world and its effects on humanity. Events of this war still impact us today. I have since read several books about world war l and have enjoyed every one of them. Thorough description of the August fervor for war and then the destruction that followed.

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    Robert 07-19-16
    Robert 07-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Moving"

    Very comprehensive and informative book on the Forgotten War.

    Narrator is pretty good also. Makes it easy to listen to.

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    Elizabeth United States 07-02-16
    Elizabeth United States 07-02-16 Member Since 2010

    Mystery hound

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    "If you like military history..."

    I couldn't make it through the book because of lack of social history and the perspective from the trenches. Body counts not enough to bring this war to full perspective. I happen to like Robin Sachs as a rather smokey reader of Jo Nesbo books but he might not have the staying power for a book this long.

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    Robert F. 05-20-16
    Robert F. 05-20-16

    I'm too embarrassed!

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    "I FINALLY UNDERSTAND WW1"
    What made the experience of listening to A World Undone the most enjoyable?

    Very good narrator and very clear explanations of complex issues. He breaks up the narration with BACKGROUND so that you never become overwhelmed with detail.


    What other book might you compare A World Undone to and why?

    "Inferno" which is a history of WW2 by Max Hastings. They both bring CLARITY (but they don't simplfy) international relations and battles.


    Have you listened to any of Robin Sachs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes I love his tone---a little sad at the immense tragedy of the war.


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

    No---it's quite long.


    Any additional comments?

    He concludes with "but that is another story." I sorely hope he writes that story.

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    Diana 04-07-16
    Diana 04-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great History"

    The narrator was fantastic for this book. It is a great history of the war. While potentially a little dry at times, it certainly delivers a complete story of a war that I only thought I knew a lot about!

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