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  • Shanghai 1937

  • Stalingrad on the Yangtze
  • By: Peter Harmsen
  • Narrated by: George Backman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

This deeply researched book describes one of the great forgotten battles of the 20th century. At its height it involved nearly a million Chinese and Japanese soldiers, while sucking in three million civilians as unwilling spectators and, often, victims. It turned what had been a Japanese adventure in China into a general war between the two oldest and proudest civilizations of the Far East. Ultimately, it led to Pearl Harbor and to seven decades of tumultuous history in Asia. The Battle of Shanghai was a pivotal event that helped define and shape the modern world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent in every way

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-26-17

Excellent in every way

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-17

Well researched and written, a great feat by the author to combine the two skills. The narration is top notch. Note: This is a factual account that includes occasional descriptions of wartime atrocities against combatants and civilians. It is not for the squeamish or easily traumatized.

  • The Last Battle

  • When US and German Soldiers Joined Forces in the Waning Hours of World War II in Europe
  • By: Stephen Harding
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 156

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Write the book, THEN the screenplay.

  • By Joel Langenfeld on 10-28-13

Well written and researched; narration suffers

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-17

An interesting story, with heavy historical detail that can seem a bit TOO detailed if you expect it to read like a novel. The narrator's pronunciation of some of the German names, particularly Theodor Eicke, is bad enough to be annoying.