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The Storm of War Audiobook

The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Band225 07-09-15
    Band225 07-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Read"

    Very detailed and informative. Gives a good overview for those to young to have lived it.

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    Jeffrey Papen 06-09-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing"

    I wish that I could do six stars for this performance or maybe I have to remove a star from every other review I've ever done. Absolutely fantastic

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    Jose Alba 06-07-15
    Jose Alba 06-07-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Not for a history buff"
    What disappointed you about The Storm of War?

    This is a straight narrative of WWII. There is minimal search behind the scenes. I have seen better TV productions.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Andrew Roberts again?

    Robert style is very dry. But would not mind it if he was given something with more research behind it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I just did not think the book was very enlightening. I did sitting through one hour plus but it just never engaged me.


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    Hannah E. Kahlke BOISE, ID 06-05-15
    Hannah E. Kahlke BOISE, ID 06-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A truly amazing history of WWII"

    Christian Rodska's reading of this powerful book adds vigor to the telling. I plan to listen to it again and again.

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    Joseph Kailua, HI, USA 06-01-15
    Joseph Kailua, HI, USA 06-01-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Best WW2 book"

    Amazingly thorough with emphasis on blunders and brilliance throughout -an eye-opener for me. Excellent.

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    patbryden Calgary, AB, Canada 03-14-15
    patbryden Calgary, AB, Canada 03-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A great analysis of world war 2"

    Although countless books have been written about world war 2 this is still a worthwhile addition. The author is insightful and balanced in considering the roles of the many variables that affected the outcome of the war.

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    Cody Brown 02-10-15
    Cody Brown 02-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A great look at the best and worst of mankind."
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    Roberts and Rodska combine to bring to life many larger than life characters in an incredibly good re-telling of story of World War II. Roberts has done fantastic research and has a plethora of first hand accounts that really add weight to the times and events of this great and tragic event.

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    katfan 08-20-14
    katfan 08-20-14
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    "British reader poor performance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Storm of War to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read print version.


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

    It was all very memorable since I was in high school at the time and my brother was in the pacific on a destroyer escort ship.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His typical British pronunciation of many of the words. His total inability to pronounce most of the American names of important people. And finally his use of foreign language sayings without explaining what the English version was.


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

    No idea.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book except for the reader.

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    K. Doerr 05-31-14
    K. Doerr 05-31-14 Member Since 2009
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    "difficult listen"

    I've enjoyed other performances by Christian Rodska, but I found this one very difficult. I'm not sure if it was just the quality of his voice, which (to me) is sharp and somewhat nasal in this performance. Or if it is the combination of the voice and text, because I found it difficult to listen long enough at one time to get a sense for the quality of the text. Definitely 'sample' this one before you buy it.

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    Joseph Petaluma, CA, United States 05-26-14
    Joseph Petaluma, CA, United States 05-26-14 Member Since 2017
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    "A great companion to Rise & Fall"

    Listen to Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, because that's the classic. As good now as when first published. But this is a great follow up. This is WWII for a modern audience. It gives a context, and a perspective, that Rise & Fall can't provide.

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