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The Storm of War Audiobook

The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War

The Second World War lasted for 2,174 days, cost $1.5 trillion, and claimed the lives of more than 50 million people. Why did the Axis lose? And could they, with a different strategy, have won? Andrew Roberts's acclaimed new history has been hailed as the finest single-volume account of this epic conflict. From the western front to North Africa, from the Baltic to the Far East, he tells the story of the war - the grand strategy and the individual experience, the cruelty and the heroism - as never before.
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The Second World War lasted for 2,174 days, cost $1.5 trillion, and claimed the lives of more than 50 million people. What were the factors that affected the war's outcome? Why did the Axis lose? And could they, with a different strategy, have won?

Andrew Roberts' acclaimed new history has been hailed as the finest single-volume account of this epic conflict. From the western front to North Africa, from the Baltic to the Far East, he tells the story of the war - the grand strategy and the individual experience, the cruelty and the heroism - as never before.

In researching this magnificently vivid history, Roberts walked many of the key battlefields and wartimes sites in Russia, France, Italy, Germany, and the Far East, and drew on a number of never-before-published documents, such as a letter from Hitler's director of military operations explaining the reasoning behind the Fuhrer's order to halt the Panzers outside Dunkirk - a delay that enabled British forces to evacuate. Roberts illuminates the principal actors on both sides and analyzes how they reached critical decisions. He also presents the tales of many little-known individuals whose experiences form a panoply of the extraordinary courage and self-sacrifice, as well as the terrible depravity and cruelty, of the Second World War.

Meticulously researched and masterfully written, The Storm of War gives a dramatic account of this momentous event and shows in remarkable detail why the war took the course it did.

©2011 Andrew Roberts (P)2011 Tantor

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    Tad Davis 10-03-11
    Tad Davis 10-03-11
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    "Wide-ranging narrative"

    This is the first book I've read (or listened to) about World War II as a whole. As a novice in the subject, I can't vouch for the thoroughness or accuracy of the book; but I CAN say that it's a vivid and wide-ranging account, covering everything from the battle of the Atlantic to the siege of Stalingrad; from the campaign in Burma to the battle for Norway. One particularly vivid (and distressing) chapter covers the Holocaust. Roberts' basic premise, as I understand it, is that Hitler lost the war for two main reasons: he overrated his own strategic intelligence (and no one dared to contradict him); and he sacrificed his war aims to the demands of an insane racist ideology.

    Christian Rodska does a great job narrating this engrossing story. He does slide over into outright mimicry at times, when quoting historical figures, but that didn't bother me. The only thing that bothered me was the usual problem with war histories in audiobook format: the lack of useful maps. Fortunately atlases of World War II abound. I listened to the book with my iPod in one hand and an atlas in the other.

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    Rodney 09-26-12
    Rodney 09-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A very good single volume WWII history"

    First let me say I've read a ton of WWII books. It took a while for this book to grow on me as very little of what being said was new to me until I got about half way into the book. I really did learn quite a bit more which made the book worthwhile to myself. As for it being "a new history" I think that's extremely overstated, however you will almost certainly learn something new at some point.

    If you're a starter or just want a good single volume WWII book to give you a good overview of the events, this is an excellent place to start.

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    Sarah West Lebanon, NH, United States 07-17-12
    Sarah West Lebanon, NH, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "a well rounded review of the war in Europe"

    this is an excellent review of the war in Europe. from Hitler's rise to power to his suicide and the Nuremberg trials, this history covers every aspect of the war in Europe: the movements of forces, specific fronts, specific important battles, Nazi occupation, the Holocaust, etc. There is an excellent blend of text-book facts and eyewitness accounts. Everything has been collated into a whole which is definitely more than the sum of its parts. The narration brings it all to life, making what could have been a dry list of facts into an epic human struggle.


    two tiny quibbles:

    the war in India and the Pacific are given much shorter reviews, consisting mostly of "the main moves" on the relevant battlefields. this is partially justified by the allied "Germany first" policy. still, a little more depth would have been nice.

    I was also not thrilled that the author often engaged in "what if"s. however, Roberts does this from a highly informed standpoint, so there's usually some merit to the exercise. moreover, at the end of the book he uses the accumulated speculations to drive home his point: that the defeat of Germany was by no means guaranteed, even though (according to Roberts) Nazism contained the seeds of its own downfall.

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    Booker Kensington, CA, United States 09-23-11
    Booker Kensington, CA, United States 09-23-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Too much what if and not enough why"

    The book is a comprehensive overview of the war with a focus on British involvement. However rather than analyzing why key decisions were made, too much time is spent on the what if's. Fun talk over a beer or two, but tedious in a book of this length.

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    Donato Portland, or United States 12-18-15
    Donato Portland, or United States 12-18-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Great performance and story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Storm of War the most enjoyable?

    Rodska does the various accents to perfection. I don't agree with of the reviewers who thought it was distracting or irritating. I think it is risky to do this, but he pulls it off. The listener will just to decide for themselves.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not really relevant question for a non-fiction book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I have read a lot books on WWII. While quite a lot of the content was familiar there was a enough new or a new perspective to make it worth listening to. I think Roberts struck a good balance between the individual stories and the bigger picture.

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    Ryan C Engler 07-22-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Bad Verbal Acting"

    Not impressed with the reader trying to talk as Hitler or Churchill. Just awful. His Hitler sounds like a cross between Gollum from Lord Of The Rings and Mr. Burns from The Simpson's. His Churchill impression is akin to Yoda from Star Wars.

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    Band225 07-09-15
    Band225 07-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Read"

    Very detailed and informative. Gives a good overview for those to young to have lived it.

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    Jeffrey Papen 06-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing"

    I wish that I could do six stars for this performance or maybe I have to remove a star from every other review I've ever done. Absolutely fantastic

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    Jose Alba 06-07-15
    Jose Alba 06-07-15
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    "Not for a history buff"
    What disappointed you about The Storm of War?

    This is a straight narrative of WWII. There is minimal search behind the scenes. I have seen better TV productions.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Andrew Roberts again?

    Robert style is very dry. But would not mind it if he was given something with more research behind it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I just did not think the book was very enlightening. I did sitting through one hour plus but it just never engaged me.


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    Hannah E. Kahlke BOISE, ID 06-05-15
    Hannah E. Kahlke BOISE, ID 06-05-15 Member Since 2015

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    "A truly amazing history of WWII"

    Christian Rodska's reading of this powerful book adds vigor to the telling. I plan to listen to it again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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