In this 11-hour-and-42-minute audiobook, master historian John Stoye, of Oxford, chronicles the fighting between the Hapsburgs and Ottomans in the 1683 Siege of Vienna. History buffs and aspiring history buffs alike will be struck by how richly detailed and narratively engaging the prose of this audiobook is. Robert Feifar's narration is clear, if a bit bland - sort of like an NPR radio announcer - but the prose itself is an immense treasure trove, filled with historical detail, never boring, not to be missed.
The siege of Vienna in 1683 was one of the turning points in European history. So great was its impact that countries normally jealous and hostile sank their differences to throw back the armies of Islam and their savage Tartar allies.The consequences of defeat were momentous: The Ottomans lost half of their European territories, which led to the final collapse of their empire, and the Habsburgs turned their attention from France and the Rhine frontier to the rich pickings of the Balkans. That hot September day in 1683 witnessed the last great trial of strength between the East and the West-and opened an epoch in European history that lasted until the First World War.
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"In his splendid study The Siege of Vienna, the Oxford historian John Stoye provides a detailed account of the intricate machinations between the Habsburgs and the Ottomans. Mr. Stoye's description of the siege itself is masterly. He seems to know every inch of ground, every earthwork and fortification around the Imperial City, and he follows the action meticulously." (The Wall Street Journal)
"Worthy of the pen of Herodotus. . . . It is a measure of the fascination of Mr. Stoye's subject that one should think of comparing his treatment of it with the work of the greatest historians." (The Times Literary Supplement)
"John Stoye is the master of every aspect of his subject." (Daily Telegraph)
More information about the siege itself instead of going on and on about the political situation in Eastern Europe at the time.
Less minutia about the politics of the era more information about the siege of Vienna. The dearth of information about the Siege of Vienna was pitiful.
This should have been titled: The Politics Leading up to the Siege of Vienna.
The narrator isn't bad, but for Gods sake, the man can't for the life of him say the word "cavalry". It sounds ridiculous I know, but he constantly says "calvary" and it started off ok, then I started to wince every time and now I just get mad. Why didn't anyone tell him? Other than that he's not a bad narrator at all and I would listen to more of his books so long as they don't involve cavalry...
It should be, but it won't.
The first half is very very dry.
The reader of this work works hard to enunciate every single word. The problem is, he doesn't know how many of them are pronounced. He doesn't just mangle most of the Germanic pronunciations, but common English words as well.
I would recommend it if they had an interest in the story. I'd tell them the first chapter is difficult listening. I didn't get much out of it, but towards the end of the first chapter, the story starts slowly developing. It builds momentum and becomes gripping as the siege develops. A great deal of detail is provided, such as the cost of materials needed to defend the city or the costs to build an army, but it helped bring the story to life for me. It drifts a little after siege is over, but was worth listening to in order to find out what happened.
Some one who is untroubled by terrible narration.
The history of the Siege and events leading up to it.
I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks and I have to say that this was probably the worst narration I have experienced. The subject included a great variety of 17th C Central European place names and people which is an obvious challenge to any narrator, but the choice of someone who intermittantly changed his pronunciation of names , could never seem to get Magyar, almost always said "Calvary" rather than "cavalry", and had a very difficult time reading clauses with understandable vocal stresses , was a terrible mistake and injustice to a good book.
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