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The Storm of War Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Cody Brown 02-10-15
    Cody Brown 02-10-15 Member Since 2014

    Interested in mostly history, biographies, autobiographies, classics, and Great Courses...with some Sci Fi thrown in for fun!

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    "A great look at the best and worst of mankind."
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    Roberts and Rodska combine to bring to life many larger than life characters in an incredibly good re-telling of story of World War II. Roberts has done fantastic research and has a plethora of first hand accounts that really add weight to the times and events of this great and tragic event.

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    katfan 08-20-14
    katfan 08-20-14
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    "British reader poor performance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Storm of War to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Storm of War?

    It was all very memorable since I was in high school at the time and my brother was in the pacific on a destroyer escort ship.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His typical British pronunciation of many of the words. His total inability to pronounce most of the American names of important people. And finally his use of foreign language sayings without explaining what the English version was.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No idea.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book except for the reader.

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    K. Doerr 05-31-14
    K. Doerr 05-31-14 Member Since 2009
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    "difficult listen"

    I've enjoyed other performances by Christian Rodska, but I found this one very difficult. I'm not sure if it was just the quality of his voice, which (to me) is sharp and somewhat nasal in this performance. Or if it is the combination of the voice and text, because I found it difficult to listen long enough at one time to get a sense for the quality of the text. Definitely 'sample' this one before you buy it.

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    Joseph Petaluma, CA, United States 05-26-14
    Joseph Petaluma, CA, United States 05-26-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A great companion to Rise & Fall"

    Listen to Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, because that's the classic. As good now as when first published. But this is a great follow up. This is WWII for a modern audience. It gives a context, and a perspective, that Rise & Fall can't provide.

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    L. Dvorak Millersville, MD United States 02-26-14
    L. Dvorak Millersville, MD United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2006

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    "Heavily biased toward Britain and the European war"
    What disappointed you about The Storm of War?

    The author was so Anglo-centric that it sounded like Britain won the war with some help from the Russians. Oh, the Americans pitched in a little, too. There were many statistics given on the number of planes, the amount of materiel used, the number killed, etc., but it is hard to take any meaning from them when listening to an audiobook. My mind tended to wander during the recitation of the number of each type of ship involved or how many tons of bombs were dropped during a particular battle.


    What was most disappointing about Andrew Roberts’s story?

    The book was very heavily weighted toward the war in Europe; I would estimate he spent less than 20% of the book on the entire war in the Pacific.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christian Rodska?

    George Guidall-I could listen to him read the phone book!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I learned a lot about the European part of the war.


    Any additional comments?

    I really dislike when narrators try to use different accents for the various people being quoted. The narrator did a passable impression of Churchill, but the American accents were typically broad, the German accents were laughable, and Hitler came across sounding rather twee. I prefer for narrators to simply change the tone of their voice to show that they are quoting someone; it is much less distracting.

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    Rory 07-19-13
    Rory 07-19-13 Member Since 2016
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    "British Take"

    I know, general histories of the whole of WWII are usually just too shallow to be enjoyable. Drink deep at history's fountain or not all.
    But still like a moth to fire, I always read them, and as a result know where an author is going or when they repeat common myths, or make minor mistakes, like here, mixing up the Heer and the Wehrmacht. Still, I liked Robert's book as he focuses more on areas that typically receive little coverage---CBI theater, fighting near Antwerp, etc.
    Nothing new, just different focus and good way to waste hours of a dreary commute!

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    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 07-03-13
    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "Hitler lost because he was a Nazi"

    This one volume summary of the vast global struggle that was WWII requires some familiarity with the great conflict. Roberts does has a few fresh things to say but in order to get to them he must rush past other elements of the war. This is unavoidable, I suppose with this subject. He is at his best when analyzing the causes for some of the key events. I especially appreciated his conclusion of the causes for Allied victory and Axis defeat.

    Christian Rodska reads this expertly. He even throws in a few impressions of major characters. His depiction of Churchill is spot on.

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    Charles LYNDON STATION, WISCONSIN, United States 11-18-12
    Charles LYNDON STATION, WISCONSIN, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2016
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    "The Storm of War."

    If you want a complete history of WW ll this is it. I liked it and enjoyed the book very much. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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    Randall C. Zobel Old Mystic, CT, USA 10-29-12
    Randall C. Zobel Old Mystic, CT, USA 10-29-12 Member Since 2010

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    Would you try another book from Andrew Roberts and/or Christian Rodska?

    Sure


    Would you recommend The Storm of War to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe. There are better reviews of the subject.


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rodska – was your favorite?

    Rodska's voices are interesting


    Could you see The Storm of War being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I don't see that happening


    Any additional comments?

    It was good, but there are better books on the subject.

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    Tom Wilminton, NC, United States 09-24-12
    Tom Wilminton, NC, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A History Buff's Dream"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Storm of War to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the print version but this book was full of facts, I think that books such as this are important for the younger generations to learn about how we all must cherished what others have earned for us.


    What other book might you compare The Storm of War to and why?

    This book is comparable to Band of Brothers and The Pacific, they are similar in style and tone, but this one lacks the closeness from the other two. Those of course are stories about bonds of brotherhood, where this book takes on a vast topic.


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

    I think the audio narration makes the facts, stories, locations, and other facts easier to remember and understand. The narration keeps the book from becoming a textbook.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    WWII War in Europe


    Any additional comments?

    This book is amazing. It has details that need to be known about what our elders have done for us and what they fought for. The sections on the concentration camps had some information that I have never heard before, and cast a whole new light on a part of history I thought I knew.

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