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The Second World War lasted for 2,174 days, cost $1.5 trillion, and claimed the lives of more than 50 million people. What were the factors that affected the war's outcome? Why did the Axis lose? And could they, with a different strategy, have won?

Andrew Roberts' acclaimed new history has been hailed as the finest single-volume account of this epic conflict. From the western front to North Africa, from the Baltic to the Far East, he tells the story of the war - the grand strategy and the individual experience, the cruelty and the heroism - as never before.

In researching this magnificently vivid history, Roberts walked many of the key battlefields and wartimes sites in Russia, France, Italy, Germany, and the Far East, and drew on a number of never-before-published documents, such as a letter from Hitler's director of military operations explaining the reasoning behind the Fuhrer's order to halt the Panzers outside Dunkirk - a delay that enabled British forces to evacuate. Roberts illuminates the principal actors on both sides and analyzes how they reached critical decisions. He also presents the tales of many little-known individuals whose experiences form a panoply of the extraordinary courage and self-sacrifice, as well as the terrible depravity and cruelty, of the Second World War.

Meticulously researched and masterfully written, The Storm of War gives a dramatic account of this momentous event and shows in remarkable detail why the war took the course it did.

©2011 Andrew Roberts (P)2011 Tantor

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Great Insights on WWII Seeming Inevitability

If you could sum up The Storm of War in three words, what would they be?

Orderly, thorough summary.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Storm of War?

The newly classified additions like Great Britain's clever set-ups for getting Nazi brass confessions to Stalin's blunders which were kept hidden by Soviet propaganda.

What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

His inflections and accents had the right amount of charm as some other actors make such well-known figures like Churchill, FDR, Patton and Hitler into cartoon characters by comparison.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

We need to pass the torch, and let our children read our messy and sad history by its light.

Any additional comments?

It's non-fiction but I felt moved by most of the chapters' emphasis on the magnitude, the countless unspeakable atrocities, and the unflinching examination at the cost. Andrew Roberts is a great writer first, historian second.

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  • William
  • WYNNEWOOD, PA, United States
  • 03-20-17

Superb History

One of the best narrated Audible books of the scores to which I have listened.

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Excellent analysis of WWII

Layout of the chapters was only slightly confusing. Not enough to detect from a well written and well performed book. Would recommend.

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loved the presentation

This was a very insightful presentation full of historical facts, figures, quotes and anecdotes. A n outstanding reading and even though you know the ending, it is still spellbinding.

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How infuriating it is...

when you know early on in a book that the authors bias is stronger than his commitment to a professional rendering of historical events. So many times I thought to stop and move on to a new book but continued in hopes it would improve, only to have this tweed clad knucklehead reason that the firebombing of Dreden led the world to a safer place. Moron!

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  • S. James
  • Albuquerque, NM United States
  • 09-07-16

one of the best WWII books

Fantastic! Lots of new information. I have listened to dozens of WWII books and this is one of the best. Very much worth the listen. I will likely listen to it a second time.

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A very thorough analysis

I very much enjoyed this read for the amount of detail, primary and secondary sources that were used in its writing. A very interesting and educated hypothesis about hitler in addition to the well heard of allied resource advantage and the insanity of hitler. I very much enjoy the history of the Second World War and this book furthered my understanding and knowledge of the impact of the political movements and tactical decisions within it as well as how the individuals part of it, shaped the largest global conflict in history.

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Excellent historical read

Where does The Storm of War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my favorite historical books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Storm of War?

The profound impact that listening to the more precise facts, given in this book, of the horrors of World War Two had on me.

Which character – as performed by Christian Rodska – was your favorite?

Montgomery

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, it made me very sad if not slightly disturbed to hear the horrors against humanity conducted throughout this war.

Any additional comments?

Definitely a brilliant educational read. I am sure I will listen to it again. It is superbly researched, written and read.

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  • Adam
  • Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • 02-23-16

Great bird's eye view of WWII

The book does a great job of giving the big picture of the war, and also of showing glimpses of the personalities involved. I liked the reader, too, although many of his American characters sounded like John Wayne.

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  • Donato
  • Portland, or United States
  • 12-18-15

Great performance and story

What made the experience of listening to The Storm of War the most enjoyable?

Rodska does the various accents to perfection. I don't agree with of the reviewers who thought it was distracting or irritating. I think it is risky to do this, but he pulls it off. The listener will just to decide for themselves.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not really relevant question for a non-fiction book.

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

No

Any additional comments?

I have read a lot books on WWII. While quite a lot of the content was familiar there was a enough new or a new perspective to make it worth listening to. I think Roberts struck a good balance between the individual stories and the bigger picture.