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The Last Battle Audiobook

The Last Battle: When US and German Soldiers Joined Forces in the Waning Hours of World War II in Europe

May 1945. Hitler is dead, and the Third Reich is little more than smoking rubble. No GI wants to be the last man killed in action against the Nazis. But for cigar-chewing, rough-talking, hard-drinking, hard-charging Captain Jack Lee and his men, there is one more mission: rescue 14 prominent French prisoners held in an SS-guarded castle high in the Austrian Alps. It's a dangerous mission, but Lee has help from a decorated German Wehrmacht officer and his men, who voluntarily join the fight.
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May 1945. Hitler is dead, and the Third Reich is little more than smoking rubble. No GI wants to be the last man killed in action against the Nazis. But for cigar-chewing, rough-talking, hard-drinking, hard-charging Captain Jack Lee and his men, there is one more mission: rescue 14 prominent French prisoners held in an SS-guarded castle high in the Austrian Alps. It's a dangerous mission, but Lee has help from a decorated German Wehrmacht officer and his men, who voluntarily join the fight.

Based on personal memoirs, author interviews, and official American, German, and French histories, The Last Battle is the nearly unbelievable story of the most improbable battle of World War II - a tale of unlikely allies, bravery, cowardice, and desperate combat between implacable enemies.

©2013 Stephen Harding (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Joel Langenfeld 10-28-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Write the book, THEN the screenplay."

    This book as a screenplay, which may have been at the back of the author's mind. There are a couple of themes you could work with - the continuum of loyalism, especially after the death of Hitler is one, how to best arrange for one's personal destiny if you know you're going to be on the losing side is another.

    Ironically, the author spends much more time fleshing out the portrayal of the detainees and various German/Austrian notables. It could be he couldn't resist the thought of forcing the swashbuckling tank commander into a yankee stereotype, best introduced in a headlong rush of action.

    There are the makings of a much better narrative than that which was told. Ultimately disappointing. A popular history written by someone hoping the screenplay gets picked up.

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    groove_e1 10-24-15
    groove_e1 10-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, but the names make it hard to follow"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Any time we get to learn about those that triumphed during WWII, and their remarkable stories is time well spent.


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

    It was tough to discern all the foreign names. Because of this, it was hard to track the various characters throughout the book. I hate to say this, but perhaps use nicknames, or abbreviations of the names, to make it easier to track. Also, I enjoyed learning about the various backgrounds of each of the characters...but I would have preferred to hear more about the defense of the castle.


    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Well spoken. Easy to understand, even at various speeds.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


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    bobby shovel charming, ca 06-09-15
    bobby shovel charming, ca 06-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    A most enjoyable book. I Loved how this story came together, how it had to. The afterword I was most grateful for. Thank You.

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    Mildred B. Gowen 05-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Title is very misleading"

    The time of the book is very misleading in the sense that 95% of the book had nothing to do with the battle itself but with the politics between the French at the castle. The battle itself was very interesting but because the title I expected to hear more of the tactics and the collaboration between the Germans and the Americans and fighting this last battle. If you want a book about politics more than actually about war and a battle this would be looking to buy if you're looking for a book that has to do with an actual fight and how the battle developed this is not what you're looking for

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