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The Last 100 Days: The Tumultuous and Controversial Story of the Final Days of World War II in Europe | [John Toland]

The Last 100 Days: The Tumultuous and Controversial Story of the Final Days of World War II in Europe

A dramatic countdown of the final months of World War II in Europe, The Last 100 Days brings to life the waning power and the ultimate submission of the Third Reich. To reconstruct the tumultuous hundred days 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, and Heinrici.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1966 John Toland (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Kevin Honolulu, Hi, United States 10-26-14
    Kevin Honolulu, Hi, United States 10-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent book!"
    If you could sum up The Last 100 Days in three words, what would they be?

    A riveting account.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was very informative.


    What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I ws not bored by his reading of the book. It was excellently read.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story of the failed rescue of Gen. Patton's son in law.


    Any additional comments?

    It is well worth the time spent.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth A Heskett Redford, MI USA 04-24-15
    Kenneth A Heskett Redford, MI USA 04-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A human & in-depth look at the end of WWII in ETO."
    If you could sum up The Last 100 Days in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, poor audio


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What aspect of Ralph Cosham’s performance would you have changed?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adam L. Rosen 03-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "WHY WOULD THEY EVER HIRE THIS NARRATOR?????"
    Would you try another book from John Toland and/or Ralph Cosham?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ralph Cosham’s performances?

    I would never under any circumstances listen to a single syllable from Ralph Cosham.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger that John Toland was stuck with Ralph Cosham.


    Any additional comments?

    Please don't ever use Ralph Cosham

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mikesoneill 09-13-14
    Mikesoneill 09-13-14
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    "I agree that the narrator is terrible"
    Would you try another book from John Toland and/or Ralph Cosham?

    The narrator puts me to sleep. I will return the book.


    What didn’t you like about Ralph Cosham’s performance?

    Boring performance.


    Any additional comments?

    It is difficult to judge the book's substance because the narration is so bad.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Scarborough, ON, Canada 12-09-14
    Scott Scarborough, ON, Canada 12-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Patchwork history - feels incomplete"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Would you recommend The Last 100 Days to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 10-03-14
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 10-03-14 Member Since 2014

    Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton.  In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!! 

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    "AWFUL, AWFUL NARRATOR!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator! Ralph Cosham would put a runaway train to sleep!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His performance was flat, bland, and uninspired. He sounded like he bored HIMSELF to death!


    Did The Last 100 Days inspire you to do anything?

    Yep, the narration inspired me to stop listening to this book before I jammed a rusty spoon in my eye!


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    14 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    RichCT 07-02-15
    RichCT 07-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book"

    Awesome book. Great in depth look into the last 100 days of WW2. I likey!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Chance" McKinley Ft. Leavenworth, KS 12-31-14
    "Chance" McKinley Ft. Leavenworth, KS 12-31-14

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    "Not a book for audible"

    A book guaranteed to put you to sleep. The narrator is is monotonic. The book gets lost in the weeds.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    James Hazen 08-19-14
    James Hazen 08-19-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Terrible narration"
    What would have made The Last 100 Days better?

    Better narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Boring monotone


    Any additional comments?

    Not worth the credit. It was a struggle just listening for an hour.

    12 of 28 people found this review helpful
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  • E. P. Danzey
    1/7/15
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    "Good Book, very disappointing audio quality"
    What did you like best about The Last 100 Days? What did you like least?

    It was a compelling story. Overall poor performance of audio


    What didn’t you like about Ralph Cosham’s performance?

    He sounded bored, and the very poor editing was noticeable. Not something I would have expected on a book produced in 2014


    Any additional comments?

    Should be redone with a different narrator

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eddie
    12/7/14
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    "Informative and fascinating"
    What made the experience of listening to The Last 100 Days the most enjoyable?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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