Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Ardennes 1944 by Antony Beever, read by Sean Barrett.
On 16 December 1944, Hitler launched his last gamble in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes on the Belgian/German border.
Although Hitler's generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in Western Europe.
In January 1945, when the Red Army launched its onslaught towards Berlin, the once-feared German war machine was revealed to be broken beyond repair. The Ardennes was the battle which finally broke the Wehrmacht.
©2015 Anthony Beevor (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited
While I enjoyed Beevor WWII account, I found this audiobook impossible to follow. It was all a succession of grim anecdotes, and I could not make sense of what was happening at the strategic level.
"Very good indeed."
This is an excellent listen. Sean Barrett is a very fine narrator whose splendid command of language always pleases, and Antony Beevor takes a subject which has become generally reduced to narratives of the siege of Bastogne and explores it in its entirety. A skilful introduction outlines the state of the war in the west, putting the german attack into context, and introduces all the major players before describing the battle's events in a clear and stimulating manner. Hard to fault and much to enjoy.
"Fascinating but some issues for an audiobook"
Beevor's books are always fascinating. This is no exception.
But there is one large problem with this as an audio book. The text is full of references to villages, towns, topographical features. Naturally. It's really hard to follow without a map.
The audio is good but I felt I might have prefers a printed text.
This is a well written and researched book
This book is effectively a continuation of the account of the authors excellent book on D-Day and picks up where the previous books stops. Which makes the fact that Audible don't have an English audiobook of D-Day quite strange, especially considering that its available on CD
"excellent but has some flaws"
very much enjoyed it however it was very US dominant and hardly. mentioned any of the British units in any detail
"From Bastogne to Hell and back"
Excellent account of one of the most famous offensives of WWII. Excellently read of course from a great narrator. I've doubted the U.S. for a long time but will always be thankful of the major part they played in the final push. Bravo Beevor.
Classic - excellent and compelling Beevor. He really knows how to build momentum and suspense (without any pretentious quotes or other distractions). Like a Bruckner symphony.
"Your in for many surprises!"
This is an excellent book. It contains new information and is a gripping listen.
"Detailed and absorbing"
I'd been meaning to read both Antony Beevor and Max Hastings for quite some time and in fact I read a Hastings book first and found it to be a little dry. Maybe I'm wrong but I think that any male with an interest in the WW2 also has a technical interest in the vehicles, weapons and equipment used; or at least I do. Beevor's books seem to contain the interesting detail so notably absent in Max Hastings books, which I think is important. There's a rich technical history to accompany the historical events and this helps you understand the arms race and the technical as well as personal difficulties encountered by all sides. I found Ardennes 1944 to be incredibly well researched and the main historical thread is interlaced with interesting facts and individual tales of personal heroism and tragedy. Oh, and it's read by the master, Sean Barrett so what more could you want.
"Hitler's last throw of the dice"
Anthony Beevor has written a diffinitive history of the Battle of the Bulge that stands out from the others on this subject since it shows how real people handled the challenges of Winter war.
Panzer Commander and Berlin also share a lot of similar insights of a desperate army in its final battles.
Great narration that keeps you listening through this long book.
You have to react to the plight of individuals locked in winter combat as well as impact on civilians affected by the battle.
A great book to listen to, chuck full of battle scenes and setbacks for both the Germans and the Allies.
"Very Good Account"
There has already been a film: "The Battle of the Bulge"
Definitely worth a listen - especially if you are planning to visit the Ardenne. The airborne's fox-holes are still there in the wood and you can stand in them and look down the slope, up which the panzers advanced...
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