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The Second World War Audiobook

The Second World War

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Publisher's Summary

Over the past two decades, Antony Beevor has established himself as one of the world's premier historians of World War II. His multi-award winning books have included Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945. Now, in his newest and most ambitious book, he turns his focus to one of the bloodiest and most tragic events of the 20th century, The Second World War.

In this searing narrative, which takes us from Hitler's invasion of Poland on September 1st, 1939 to V-J day on August 14th, 1945, and the war's aftermath, Beevor describes the conflict and its global reach - one that included every major power. The result is a dramatic and breathtaking single-volume history that provides a remarkably intimate account of the war that, more than any other, still commands attention and an audience.

Thrillingly written and brilliantly researched, Beevor's grand and provocative account is destined to become the definitive work on this complex, tragic, and endlessly fascinating period in world history. It confirms once more that he is a military historian of the first rank.

©2012 Antony Beevor (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Randy 09-05-17
    Randy 09-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent One volume treatment"

    Well written and illuminating. Worth the time of any one interested in this tumultuous period of history.

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    P. Doty salem, nh 08-09-17
    P. Doty salem, nh 08-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing"

    obviously a some details are left out in such a broad book but it is a fantastic recounting of the events in the war and worth every penny

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    HSB 06-03-17
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    "A most definitive account of the Second World War worth every minute of listening time"

    Fascinating, sad, thought-provoking, enlightening, it is a in-depth account of WWII, unlike anything else I've read or been exposed to through other readings before. I'm a casual "history buff" at best, definitely not a scholar, and I learned much about many "behind the scenes" events that I had never learned before. And Sean Barrett is a pleasure to listen to, even after 39 hours of concentrated listening.

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    Jack 05-19-17
    Jack 05-19-17
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    "EXCELLENT BUY!"

    Great reader. Voice is professional and engaging. Content, to borrow the words of another review i read "fills in gaps i didnt even know i had" in my WWII knowledge. Somehow the author gives a ton of info, but avoids getting the story bogged down in details.

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    Tom 03-10-17
    Tom 03-10-17
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    "great book"

    Captivating, honest and balanced presentation of the 2nd World War. All who listen I believe will come to see that this is true.

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    Mike E. Kirkwood, NY United States 12-27-16
    Mike E. Kirkwood, NY United States 12-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Marvelous storytelling"

    One of the most comprehensive histories of the Second World War I have ever read. Filled with many individual stories of the heroism and terror of all-out global war, Mr. Beevors' writing style fascinates the reader. Highly recommended! !!

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    az-joe 10-16-16
    az-joe 10-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "another great history by beevor"

    more European coverage then Asian but overall very informative. lot of great insights and very informative.

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    Craig J. Anderson Stuart, FL 08-30-16
    Craig J. Anderson Stuart, FL 08-30-16
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    "wow"

    this is an amazingly even handed detailed account of World War II. I have never come across anything quite like it

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    Kellyn Stoffel 08-10-16
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    "Great book"

    Very informative and heart wrenching. Every person should listen to this book at least once.

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    Amazon Customer 03-19-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Just Too Dry"
    What would have made The Second World War better?

    I'm a big WWII history buff, and have listened to many good titles of this genre, but this book could not hold my interest. Overall, Mr. Beevor prefers to concentrate his writing on relating the driest of facts: Unit numbers, commanding officer names, direction of attack, strategies from the highest levels, etc., but omits most anything of the human interest side of history. When my attention began flagging while listening to some early war history surrounding Russia and Finland, I thought, "Let me skip ahead to something more interesting, like Pearl Harbor." It didn't improve my opinion. Sorry, but I found this book to be extremely dull. The one bright spot was the narrator--he is a masterful reader.


    Has The Second World War turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all--I greatly enjoy history--just not this kind of recitation of facts and figures.


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