A dramatic countdown of the final months of World War II in Europe, The Last 100 Days brings to life the waning power and theultimate submission of the Third Reich. To reconstruct the tumultuous hundreddays between Yalta and the fall of Berlin, John Toland traveled more than 100,000 miles in twenty-one countries and interviewed more than six hundred people - from Hitler's personal chauffeur to Generals von Manteuffel, Wenck, andHeinrici; from underground leaders to diplomats; from top Allied fieldcommanders to brave young GIs. Toland adeptly wove together these interviewsusing research from thousands of primary sources.
When it was first published, The Last 100 Days madehistory, revealing after-action reports, staff journals, and top-secretmessages and personal documents previously unavailable to historians. Sincethat time it has come to be regarded as one of the greatest historicalnarratives of the twentieth century.
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A riveting account.
It was very informative.
I ws not bored by his reading of the book. It was excellently read.
The story of the failed rescue of Gen. Patton's son in law.
It is well worth the time spent.
Intriguing, poor audio
A comprehensive look at the last 100 Days of Hilter's Third Reich and readers will find themselves fascinated by the events of these last months which are often forgotten in many histories. The use of interviews and diaries give a human voice to the British, Germans, and Americans. Unfortunately, the Russians are rarely presented as anything more than an alien noun and remain a mystery.
The audio quality varies as re-recordings are obvious and the transitions are jarring. The performer has a lisp that was at first annoying, but gradually grows on the listener.
The presentation of the Yalta conference demonstrated that the "Big Three", Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin were men who could be given to fits of humor as well as frustration.
Yes to Toland, NO to Cosham. Battle by Toland was one of my favorite audio books ever. I am having trouble listening to Cosham. His voice is grating and slow. You have to listen to him speeded up because he is so slow and plodding but at faster speeds it is almost impossible to hear. I would REBUY if there was a new narration.
I would never under any circumstances listen to a single syllable from Ralph Cosham.
Anger that John Toland was stuck with Ralph Cosham.
Please don't ever use Ralph Cosham
The narrator puts me to sleep. I will return the book.
It is difficult to judge the book's substance because the narration is so bad.
Like Toland's other works, this is a good blend of military and political history and there are some nice details about how the final hundred days arguably set the tone and shape of international relations for the next 45 years. Nevertheless 100 days feels disjointed and somewhat incomplete as Toland overly dwells on certain events (e.g. Plans for the establishment of the U.N., the battle for Remagen, and especially Mussolini's demise) at the expense of seemingly equal or more pertinent ones (eg. The battle for Berlin, the German civil front). The end result feels patchwork with more than a few gaps.
May appeal to readers who like their history detailed and who aren't overly familiar with the closing days of the European theater of war.
The Narrator was fine but the production was terrible, with frequent, inexplicable changes in tone and clarity. I thought at first this might be because the narrator was emphasizing a footnote before realizing it was just the sound production. In the end, the narration proved to be a distraction more than anything.
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The narrator! Ralph Cosham would put a runaway train to sleep!
There's nothing wrong with the STORY! John Toland is an expert in military history. But to waste his indepth research by having his work read by Cosham is a travesty!
His performance was flat, bland, and uninspired. He sounded like he bored HIMSELF to death!
Yep, the narration inspired me to stop listening to this book before I jammed a rusty spoon in my eye!
I love John Toland's books and I'm a huge devotée of military history, especially World War II. However, having to listen to Ralph Cosham for almost 28 hours is masochistic. There are too many other great narrators who would have done justice to this amazing work. Like Simon Vance, John Lee, Wanda McCaddon, Keith David, Simon Prebble, and Nadia May - just to name a VERY few. Audiobooks cost way too much money for the producers to have so little pride in quality control. What a great work to be wasted on such a poorly matched narrator!
General, US Army
A book guaranteed to put you to sleep. The narrator is is monotonic. The book gets lost in the weeds.
Not worth the credit. It was a struggle just listening for an hour.
"Good Book, very disappointing audio quality"
It was a compelling story. Overall poor performance of audio
He sounded bored, and the very poor editing was noticeable. Not something I would have expected on a book produced in 2014
Should be redone with a different narrator
"Informative and fascinating"
An excellent book covering all aspects of what happened during those momentous last 100 days of Nazi Germany. The authors reference to 100000 dead at Dresden though is factually incorrect. The actual figure has been determined at 25000. His statement that American paratroops fought for the first time since D Day in Operstion Varsity when the Allies crossed the Rhine caused me to wonder. What about Market Garden? The death of, and subsequent lynching, of Mussolini and his mistress was fascinating. The narration by Ralph Cosham was brilliant. All in all an excellent book that is well worth a listen.
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