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The Enemy at the Gate Audiobook

The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans and the Battle for Europe

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Publisher's Summary

In 1683, an Ottoman army that stretched from horizon to horizon set out to seize the "Golden Apple", as Turks referred to Vienna. The ensuing siege pitted battle-hardened Janissaries wielding 17th-century grenades against Habsburg armies, widely feared for their savagery. The walls of Vienna bristled with guns as the besieging Ottoman host launched bombs, fired cannons, and showered the populace with arrows during the battle for Christianity's bulwark. Each side was sustained by the hatred of its age-old enemy, certain that victory would be won by the grace of God.

The Great Siege of Vienna is the centerpiece for historian Andrew Wheatcroft's richly drawn portrait of the centuries-long rivalry between the Ottoman and Habsburg empires for control of the European continent. A gripping work by a master historian, The Enemy at the Gate offers a timely examination of an epic clash of civilizations.

©2009 Andrew Wheatcroft; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This is not a work of popular history for the casual reader, but scholars and students of history would benefit greatly from this well-researched account of 17th-century Ottoman-Hapsburg political power." (School Library Journal)
"Wheatcroft offers an outstanding blow-by-blow description of the siege, which in the end was decided through a combination of luck and several critical Ottoman blunders." (Booklist)

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    LW 07-19-17
    LW 07-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent book for any history lover!"
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    My first read on a topic of history that I knew little about. It was a great read for me and opened the door into a new area for me in Central and Eastern Europe during this era. The narrator has a low dry voice and is a little different than what I’m used to but I highly recommend this book.

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    ArmyVet64 06-05-17
    ArmyVet64 06-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good, but went off the rails at the end."

    The performance was adequate. The book was OK. The author went off on a tangent at the end and essentially apologized for writing a book in which the Christians won and the Muslims lost. Since the very idea of Christians winning is heresy in academia, the author engaged in moral equivalency and gave a strange apology of sorts at the end. Unfortunately, this diminished his book.

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    Montgomery Dempsey 05-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "slightly miss leading title"

    Could be called "The Siege of Vienna with a long Epilogue"
    The book is very engaging for the first half that covers a few weeks and then glazes over a century of history in the rest of the book.

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    Jason Lancaster 03-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Distracting Narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Excellent information


    What didn’t you like about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance?

    The narrator sounds like Lt. Commander Worf with a spoonful of peanut butter in his mouth.


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    40 yr old 01-21-17
    40 yr old 01-21-17
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    "I really liked the details"

    I really liked the details about the siege itself. Those details are what many authors tend to leave out. They usually say something like "the Ottoman army laid siege and captured xyz" but never tell you how they did it. Wheatcroft does an excellent job in his description. Gives you that feeling as if you were there. The narrator does a good job though his voice is to deep for me. Sometimes it sounds like he has something in his throat and can be distracting. But I will definitely keep this book in my library and listen to again.

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    Gregory S. McCurdy 11-25-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Great history, well told and well narrated!"
    What did you love best about The Enemy at the Gate?

    The detail and nuance about Turkish-European tensions and he military history were great!


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    John Andrechak 06-19-16
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    "poorly done"

    one of the greatest stories of modern europe and the author does an injustice to it

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    Jeanine M. Czech 01-03-16
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    "Excellent, timely, long"
    Would you listen to The Enemy at the Gate again? Why?

    Fascinating...would not listen again but a great source of reference material


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Enemy at the Gate?

    A great summary of the long enmity/relationship of East and West. Detailed history about military strategy and tactics - infantry, cavalry, artillery - very interesting for any military person. Do not dip into this history, however, without hearing the author's warning in the last chapter - this book raises questions, but should not be used as propaganda.


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    Mait Niilus 10-04-15
    Mait Niilus 10-04-15
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    "A grand narrative that captured my imagination"

    40 years ago I would have hated this book. As a young soldier I would have despaired at its lack of focus on battle and weapons.
    With age my tastes have matured and I enjoyed the grand narrative of social, historic, dynastic, logistic, religious, political, and diplomatic factors that contributed to conflict. The prose was clear and simple and I never had re-read the author's text to clarify what he is trying to say.
    I only gave 4 stars because for the last hour or so of the book the author introduced rambling post-war themes. While these themes were interesting in themselves they were juxtaposing the outcome of the siege of Vienna with the ultimate demise of the Habsburg and Ottoman empires - a larger topic best left to another volume.

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    Tarheel9094 09-20-15
    Tarheel9094 09-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good start but weakending"

    Story starts out strong and is good until the end of the Vienna siege. After that it seems rushed and much of it seems like the author is just trying to check off topics. Would have benefited from more of the story of the siege or information about Eugene of Savoy's exploits. Ending just seems ad hoc.

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