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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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    Benjamin 10-12-15
    Benjamin 10-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Just brilliant"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I wouldn't, because none of my friends are as hardcore about history. If you're a fan of Hard Core History by Dan Carlin, you'll love this


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

    The descriptions of the Sultans


    What about Robin Sachs’s performance did you like?

    His gravitas is addictive


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

    The idiocy of the leaders made me chuckle


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    Nope

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    DaveNoID 09-12-15
    DaveNoID 09-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Very well done"

    Well research & well written. The Great War (WW1) is very hard for modern people to understand -- especially it's beginning. This book helps you grasp the politics & the plight of a common soldiers. The interludes called "Background" is a splendid way the author shares information without it being overwhelming. Great Book.

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    berserk hobo 09-09-15
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    "Best WWI western front book I've read/listened to"
    What made the experience of listening to A World Undone the most enjoyable?

    The author brought a whole new light to understanding WW1. I absolutely loved the "background" chapters which set up the reasons and mindsets for some of the decisions that were made during the war.


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

    The German and French reasons for events that unfolded that would become the battle of Verdun.


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

    This book contrasted the generals that were willing to throw wave after wave of their own men needlessly at the enemy with the generals that thought more strategically and wouldn't waste the lives of their men. As I listened to the book, I felt myself wanting the generals that used strategy to preserve the lives of their men to succeed, regardless of which side they fought for, as opposed to the generals that subscribed to the "meat grinder" theory of warfare.


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    Kevin Austin, TX 08-22-15
    Kevin Austin, TX 08-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The Best!"

    The best audible book about WWI hands down and what a bonus to have Robin Sachs reading. A must-listen for any history buff.

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    Paul S. 07-31-15
    Paul S. 07-31-15
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    "World undone. Understanding deepened"

    I greatly enjoyed listening to A World Undone. I felt like was repeatedly being asked to view the war from many different angles and viewpoints.

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    Brian R Bibb 06-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "World War I"

    I really enjoyed this book. An excellent introduction to World War I for the uninitiated or those who, like me, hadn't studied the Great War in many years. I especially appreciated how the author sprinkled in the background information throughout the book organically, rather than taking the first third of the book just explaining all of the players and setting the stage for the conflict. My only, very minor, criticism is that the war outside of Europe is almost completely ignored. I would have appreciated at least some cursory coverage of the international aspects of World War I. Regardless, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about the Great War.

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    jessejames1982 06-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book and great narrator!"

    I have been going through several books on the great war, and intend to keep going, but this one is my favorite so far. The narrator was great, the book was very thorough considering it's an overview of the entire war, and yet it was easy to remain engaged all the way through.

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    Amazon Customer 04-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    Most enjoyable. Well researched. I would highly recommend it to other readers and listeners. The narrator speaks well and clearly.

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    BENJAMIN 04-10-15
    BENJAMIN 04-10-15
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    "Informative and easy to follow"

    Narration is excellent and book was written in a way that encourages progression.

    Would listen to again or purchase book

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    Dan 03-30-15
    Dan 03-30-15

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    "A Clear History of a Confusing Time"

    I can't speak highly enough about this book. I listened to it at work in the mornings before the emails started rolling in, and I couldn't get enough. I find the dynamics of national politics juxtaposed with the misery and heroism of soldiers from all sides utterly compelling. I have been so drawn in that I purchased two additional resources - audio books on the Somme and Galipolli campaign.

    A World Undone provides enough detail to understand the events, while being clear and concise enough that it made me interested in even more detailed analyses. I listened to this book with Wikipedia open so I could follow along with maps and pictures.

    In summary, this is the definition of a five-star history book. Also, the narration is perfect.

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