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The Guns of August Audiobook

The Guns of August

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Publisher's Summary

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

Tuchman masterfully portrays this transition from 19th to 20th Century, focusing on the turning point in the year 1914: the month leading up to the war and the first month of the war. With fine attention to detail, she reveals how and why the war started, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't, managing to make the story utterly suspenseful even when we already know the outcome.

©1990 Dr. Lester Tuchman; (P)2005 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"More dramatic than fiction...a magnificent narrative¿beautifully organized, elegantly phrased, skillfully paced...The product of painstaking and sophisticated research." (Chicago Tribune)

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    eric 05-23-16
    eric 05-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "amazing warts and all history "

    it was amazing the tone and pase of the war was felt. don't speak French so that was difficult but only in short spurts and the odd quote here and there

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    Carroll Hilo, HI, United States 05-23-16
    Carroll Hilo, HI, United States 05-23-16
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    "Classic worth your time"

    Barbara Tuchman has written a series of informative & entertaining sagas. But the capstone of her works is this book to simplify the myriad of details across the globe as World War One emerges from the confused events across the Balkans & Europe. Worth reviewing several times in a life.

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    Micah P. 03-28-16
    Micah P. 03-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "fantastic"

    this book took a lot or rewinding to get through with understanding but definitely worth the time.

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    Eric 03-27-16
    Eric 03-27-16 Member Since 2012
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    "An excellent, moving summary"
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    The Guns of August does an excellent job of digging into not only the events of the First World War, but the train of events that led up to them. Commanders' decisions and perceptions, odd turns of fate, miscommunications, and chance encounters all spiral together into familiar battles.The author manages to create tension and anticipation of events whose outcomes are already known.

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    Peter F 03-11-16
    Peter F 03-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "An entertaining and detailed review of the first month of WW1"

    A book that focuses on the people, movements and thoughts of the major players at the beginning of WW1. A great book that deserves its reputation.

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    Roger Perrault Westmount, Quebec Canada 02-15-16
    Roger Perrault Westmount, Quebec Canada 02-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "WW1 What folly"

    The Guns of August is a gripping recreation of the first month of WW1. How the world could spin out of control wasting a generation of young lives is a chilling tale. My only reservation is with the reader who chose to imitate French and German accents. As a native French speaker, I found this irritating. I am sure that a German speaker would feel likewise. Other than that the reader is excellent. I highly recommend this book.

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    D. Craven Chicago, IL USA 02-05-16
    D. Craven Chicago, IL USA 02-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Superb History Told Well"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Guns of August to be better than the print version?

    No. I think that both versions hold up equally well. It is a compelling story well told by a knowledgeable historian.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tuchman manages to capture the full scope of the first month of the Great War with detail and a flair for the right level of detail


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Thematically, I think that she truly captured the spirit of the time with her discussion of the Funeral of Edward VIII.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Guns of August were much louder than the Guns of June or July...


    Any additional comments?

    A compelling history of an important period.

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    David R. Pratt 01-22-16

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    "Another May-reading-Tuchman winner!"

    I can't imagine a different narator being as in-tune with Tuchman's tone as Nadia May (aka Wanda McCaddon). The author gives the subject matter the writing skills it deserves.

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    Gregory T Menzel 01-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story, too dense for audiobook format"
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Drop the accents


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    I am a big history buff (particularly history of the world wars) and a large consumer of both traditional books and audio books but this one missed the mark for me. The writing and the story are both terrific (I ended up reading the kindle version). The book is very detailed and insightful, but in my opinion, the audiobook is just not a great format for this particular tale and the narration made it even worse. Firstly, there are simply too many names and locations in this book to sort out and many of those names sound similar. The fact that most are non-english makes them all the more challenging to track when read aloud. That, combined with the narrator Nadia May's awful and frankly distracting use of "accents" caused the story become incredibly difficult for me to follow. I regularly found myself spacing out only to realize that I had missed large sections of the story which, as an historical account, meant that I was missing important facts in the chain of events. I think even if the narration was not a distraction, this would be a tough book to listen to. In my opinion, reading the information on a page simply allows for more retention and in this book, the information is dense and critical to the story.

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    Michael brown 12-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Best Book on WW1 I've Ever Read!"

    Great writing, great reading and an excellent non-fiction choice for a listener interested in history; its insights into the mindsets of those involved in the "Great War" are unique. This is truly worth ones money and, more importantly, ones time. If you like history, add this book to your list of inerests!

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