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Tobruk Audiobook

Tobruk

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Publisher's Summary

In the early days of April 1941, the 14,000 Australian forces garrisoned in the Libyan town of Tobruk were told to expect reinforcements and supplies within eight weeks. Eight months later these heroic, gallant, determined "Rats of Tobruk" were rescued by the British Navy having held the fort against the might of Rommel's never-before-defeated Afrika Corps.

Like Gallipoli and Kokoda, the siege of Tobruk is an iconic battle in Australia's military history. Under ceaseless attack from Rommel's men, the Australian defense held strong. In Tobruk, Peter FitzSimons relates the personal histories and stories not only of the men who defended the garrison against the German onslaught but of the Desert Fox, Erwin Rommel, and the powers back in both Berlin and Britain.

©2006 Peter FitzSimons; (P)2007 Bolinda Publishers Pty Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"Gripping stuff." (Sydney Morning Herald)
"A thorough, highly readable, distillation of the overlooked Battle of Tobruk." (The Age)

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    Donald Theiler 09-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Aussies at war in North Africa"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved this book. I would certainly recommend it to someone who likes the personalization of war. It contains many little details of how the war in North Africa was conducted by individual soldiers, especially the Australian troops. It has a definite Aussie slant.


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    The portrayal of the "Desert Fox", Irwin Rommel was especially good and well balanced. It did not dress him up and make it look like he did not make mistakes. He certainly did and they are well illustrated in the book.


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

    Not necessarily, it is a book which can be broken into parts and does not suffer from leaving it for a few days.


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    Dan McGrew Safford, AZ 08-28-12
    Dan McGrew Safford, AZ 08-28-12 Member Since 2017

    Military History and Archaeology

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    "Bring it on Rommel!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Tobruk the most enjoyable?

    The details of the people involved and the background information.


    What other book might you compare Tobruk to and why?

    A Time for Trumpets: The Untold Story of the Battle of the Bulge, Charles McDonald or John Tolands Battle Story of the Bulge.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis 08-17-12
    Dennis 08-17-12
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    "What a Great Listen!!"

    This is a great book! I was totally caught up in it! Even learned a couple things about WWII.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James SUGAR LAND, TX, United States 08-09-12
    James SUGAR LAND, TX, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2017
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    "A Flavor of the times"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book does a great job of balancing the battle for Tobruk between the Australian and German perspectives. The author also adds a lot of language peculiar to the Australian defenders which adds color to the story. There is emotion in the story as the battle inevitably takes its toll on both sides. The author also adds in the political element which overshadowed the British/Australian relationship in the North African theater.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tobruk?

    When one of the main characters is killed - it is a moment of great sadness and how it affects the character's family at home is quite moving.


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

    The accent adds much to the story. Being an American I may not know exactly how to relate to a particular saying but the narrator does a great job making it relevant.


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

    Yes. I will most likely still buy the physical book as it is one of the few in-depth accounts i have run into about the siege of Tobruk.


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    Ken Richardson ACT, Australia 05-10-11
    Ken Richardson ACT, Australia 05-10-11
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    "Tobruk a great story"

    A fantastic read detailing many sides to the seige of Tobruk. I picked up the story at every opportunity. Another great effort by Peter FitzSimons. Thank You

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    David 01-12-10
    David 01-12-10
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    "Agree with everyone but Alan"

    A wonderful story, with all of the aforementioned reviewers adjectives. My dogs got extra-long walks so I would not have to put the book "down."

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    Jeff Fredericksburg, VA, USA 09-09-09
    Jeff Fredericksburg, VA, USA 09-09-09
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    "Inspiring"

    Fantastic account of the Aussie soldiers and their role in holding off Romel's Panzer Division in North Africa.

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    Aaron Bean LAWTON, MI, US 09-03-09
    Aaron Bean LAWTON, MI, US 09-03-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Nicely told"

    In the spirit of Stephen Ambrose, Mr. Fitzsimsons Tobruk tells a great story of the men who bravely held and fought for stronghold. Good story telling! I recommend it.

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    "Genuine Heroes"

    This is an account of the men, particularly Australians, who stopped the much better equipped German army, led by General Rommel, in its long siege of Tobruk. The story is gripping , but was slightly marred for me by the author's use of dated slang in describing the action.

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    Sean Houston, Texas, United States 09-14-12
    Sean Houston, Texas, United States 09-14-12 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Extremely slow start"

    The author found it necessary to recount all the major events of the war before Tobruk in depth, including WWI, the Versailles Treaty, and the Rise of Hitler, interspersed with mundane details about the private lives of the soldiers.

    Seriously, I'm 1/3 of the way into this Odyssey, and Rommel's just now arrived in Africa.

    This author needed an editor to force him to cut it down to size.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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