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Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Ardennes 1944 by Antony Beever, read by Sean Barrett.

On 16 December 1944, Hitler launched his last gamble in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes on the Belgian/German border.

Although Hitler's generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in Western Europe.

In January 1945, when the Red Army launched its onslaught towards Berlin, the once-feared German war machine was revealed to be broken beyond repair. The Ardennes was the battle which finally broke the Wehrmacht.

©2015 Anthony Beevor (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

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Amazing book

Concise and emotional study of the battle of the bulge. Highly recommended to all history buffs.

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Difficult to follow

While I enjoyed Beevor WWII account, I found this audiobook impossible to follow. It was all a succession of grim anecdotes, and I could not make sense of what was happening at the strategic level.

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  • Mr.
  • 07-06-15

Very good indeed.

This is an excellent listen. Sean Barrett is a very fine narrator whose splendid command of language always pleases, and Antony Beevor takes a subject which has become generally reduced to narratives of the siege of Bastogne and explores it in its entirety. A skilful introduction outlines the state of the war in the west, putting the german attack into context, and introduces all the major players before describing the battle's events in a clear and stimulating manner. Hard to fault and much to enjoy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-16-17

Antony Beevor wins again

Antony Beevor has a unique method of reeling you in , I first read his book Stalingrad and was instantly hooked on his narrative which made a factual story read like a great novel .

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  • Montees
  • 07-15-16

From Bastogne to Hell and back

Excellent account of one of the most famous offensives of WWII. Excellently read of course from a great narrator. I've doubted the U.S. for a long time but will always be thankful of the major part they played in the final push. Bravo Beevor.

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  • Louisa
  • 05-27-16

Great

Classic - excellent and compelling Beevor. He really knows how to build momentum and suspense (without any pretentious quotes or other distractions). Like a Bruckner symphony.

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  • Joe
  • 12-18-15

Detailed and absorbing

I'd been meaning to read both Antony Beevor and Max Hastings for quite some time and in fact I read a Hastings book first and found it to be a little dry. Maybe I'm wrong but I think that any male with an interest in the WW2 also has a technical interest in the vehicles, weapons and equipment used; or at least I do. Beevor's books seem to contain the interesting detail so notably absent in Max Hastings books, which I think is important. There's a rich technical history to accompany the historical events and this helps you understand the arms race and the technical as well as personal difficulties encountered by all sides. I found Ardennes 1944 to be incredibly well researched and the main historical thread is interlaced with interesting facts and individual tales of personal heroism and tragedy. Oh, and it's read by the master, Sean Barrett so what more could you want.

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  • Dropshort2000
  • 10-03-17

Well read and very informative.

very well read and informative. The hour drive to and from work passed quickly. Great!

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  • Kevin Wood
  • 09-09-17

Grimm and real

The Grimm realities of war in the freezing winters of central Europe. Also well narrated.

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  • Mr
  • 08-30-17

Beevor is as excellent as he always is.

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Detailed research, clear narrative, and a compassionate but never mawkish sensitivity to the realities of war. All the usual things I've come to expect from this author. <br/><br/>Barrett as always does well as the narrator.

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  • Bee Jones
  • 08-24-17

Narration annoying at times

Pantsa diviziones. That is all. Oh, and the acted Yankee accents.

It seemed to lack Beevor's usual flow, at times too, and often felt like a list of army units. I've loved his other books, but I didn't enjoy this one as much.

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  • Rose
  • 05-27-17

The best you can do is shake your head and wonder how they did it at all

The only way to sum up the content of this book is to wonder how a bunch of playground bullies and silly old ladies masquerading as generals managed to win a war at all. The book itself is informatie and very detailed. The narator once good is past his best in this one but still manages to give a sense of the incompetence of generals battling as much with one another in a playground game of sulking and pedantry to manage somehow to achieve a decisibe victory. One wonders how they did it but of course desperation and incompetence are what most characterize the second world war. Overall a very good book but it might have been better read.

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  • Jan
  • 06-17-15

Antony at his best

Always enjoyed his books as he can bring history alive and make facts and figures interesting even in a audiobook (it can be very hard to follow when u didn't see the maps etc that you would see in the book but managed it again)

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  • toby baxter
  • 09-25-15

An outstanding history of this stategic battle.

narrator was great but I got a little lost without referring to a map. The details were well researched, along with how the battle unfolded strategically

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