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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Stalingrad by Antony Beevor, read by Peter Nobel.

Antony Beevor's Stalingrad is a harrowing look at one of history's darkest moments.

In October 1942, a panzer officer wrote, 'Stalingrad is no longer a town.... Animals flee this hell; the hardest stones cannot bear it for long; only men endure.'

The battle for Stalingrad became the focus of Hitler and Stalin's determination to win the gruesome, vicious war on the eastern front. The citizens of Stalingrad endured unimaginable hardship; the battle, with fierce hand-to-hand fighting in each room of each building, was brutally destructive to both armies. But the eventual victory of the Red Army, and the failure of Hitler's Operation Barbarossa, was the first defeat of Hitler's territorial ambitions in Europe and the start of his decline.

Antony Beevor is the renowned author of Stalingrad, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature, and Berlin, which received the first Longman-History Today Trustees Award. His books have sold nearly four million copies.

©2017 Antony Beevor (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A brilliantly researched tour de force of military history." (Sarah Bradford, The Times)
"An extraordinary story of tactical genius, civilian bravery, obsession, carnage and the nature of war itself, Stalingrad will act as a testament to the vital role of the soviet war effort. A superb re-telling. Beevor combines a soldier's understanding of war's realities with the narrative techniques of a novelist.... This is a book that lets the reader look into the face of battle." (Orlando Figes, Sunday Telegraph)

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A blow by blow account

I doubt that anyone could “enjoy” this book. There is so much misery in every line that gloom takes over very soon. But after a while one becomes numb to so much violence very much like Michael Bay’s movies.

I often zoned out while listening to it and missed a lot of things being said. However often I found myself brooding over the fate and demise of these strangers who died decades ago in lands that I have never seen.

I was eagerly awaiting the end of the book. I don’t know whether it is the prowess of the author that, just like the soldiers of that unfortunate battle waited for the end, made me impatient to hear the end of this misery or I got simply got lost in the names, ranks, regiments and dates.

The narrator is very good and he did justice to the book.

This book will make you terribly sad.

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A amazing book

One of the saddest yet most amazing books I have ever listened to. May the struggles of these men recorded never be forgotten.

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great read

Everyone should read more about the history of Europe and ww2. this give an important and thoroughly review of the battle of stallingrad

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Man's inhumanity to Man writ large

What a story.... the detail is overwhelming - I need to read it again and again to do it justice

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Brilliant

Beautifully written book completely compelling and made even better by the magisterial narration of Peter Noble.

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read it

absolutely riveting in every aspect, unusually well narrated which brings you into Bevers phenomenal writing with gusto

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  • 09-29-17

Simply the best

A long, detailed and intricate history of the battle of Stalingrad. Put simply, this is probably the best book ever written about WW2. I read the book many years ago and was interested to see how the audio book compared. Thanks to the excellent narration, it is still the best out there. I would guess that anyone interested in WW2 has already heard this, but if you haven't, get it today. You won't regret it.

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  • 09-14-18

A disturbing but essential account of Stalingrad

This book opened up the horrors of war to me. Detailed and very disturbing account.

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  • C. Hamilton-welsh
  • 09-25-17

very good

I need to listen again to the detailed audio but found it very interesting and informative. well written and read. recommended

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-06-18

Exceptional as always

Such a harsh listen at times. Very enjoyable overall. Would absolutely recommend. Covers before, during and after

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  • Morgan
  • 04-18-18

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interesting story about stalingrad and the orator gave a good performance. I'd recommend the book

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  • Nigel
  • 05-16-19

Brilliant Book

Fully in depth description and exceptional writing make this book a must read/listen for the battle of Stalingrad. Horrendous story of human sacrifice and war. brilliantly narrated and written.

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  • 11-07-18

Outstandingly detailed and horrific.

I wanted to hear this book to get a full account of Nazi Germany getting the bloody nose at the hands of the Russians in WWII. Instead what I got was a full realisation of the scale and brutality on both sides. Not a stone unturned in this gripping book, the politics, battle details and human testimonies are fully explained and detailed in a way that was not overwhelming but immersed you in the full horror of the campaign.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-09-18

Totally amazing and insightful

This is truly a gem where historical accounts of Stalingrad is concerned.

The writing is so descriptive that you begin to feel the despair and pain of the trapped German soldiers, but equally the pure joy of the Russian victors.

Having been a soldier for many years I understand the folly of war, or the pain of terrible leadership, but this book shows how blessed we are in this day and age.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-25-18

Grim, ruthless and real.

Another brilliant book and another btilliant performance. Provides an epic account of the battle, riddled with personal caveats and thoughtful muses - gripping until the last chapter on an entirely personal level - even the stories of the Sixth Army are hard to bear.

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  • 10-25-17

Brilliant

Well I had been waiting for this one to come onto audible for a long long time - but 100% worth the wait. Antony Beevor is absolutely unbeatable in his coverage of WW2 subjects.
Very good narrative- exceptional book. Just buy it !

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  • Thomas
  • 07-11-18

Peter Noble got the best voice!

This book is superb! Except for a few parts where it is just a bit too brutal for my taste.

Overall solid work. Read this along with Stalingrad by David Glantz to get perfect micro and macro perspectives of the entire siege!

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  • Simon Hart
  • 07-18-18

A mind blowing narrative

I originally read the paperback of this book some years ago, and it's fabulous to revisited in the Audiobook version. An absolutely ridiculous and astonishing tale of brutal warfare. It gets no more hardcore than Stalingrad. Superbly read by Peter Noble. Bravo!

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  • Thomas Darby
  • 11-13-18

gripping

only thing i would suggest is giving better directions as to where areas were in stalingrad as it made visualizing a little difficult. Will definitely be reading again

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  • Grzybo
  • 03-30-18

Stalingrad and more

Detailed description of events before, during and after the battle of Stalingrad. Enriched with sections from personal journals and letters. A must read/listen for everyone interested in WWII Eastern front history.

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  • Michael Zhu
  • 11-20-17

Fascinating look into history

The audiobook is a fascinating look into the events of Stalingrad, what soldiers on both sides thought and felt. I got lost in with the geography but otherwise its a worthwhile read, even for those who arent history buffs

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  • Kiel
  • 08-10-17

Haunting and Sublime

A brilliant, crisp, and evocative presentation of a piece of riveting yet meticulous history. Essential listening.

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  • aidan
  • 07-19-17

Maaaaadog

Read it up yo! Is v good. War ,cannibals ,snow! It has all the things !!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-26-21

best ww2 book!!

not only it this one of the best ww2 books I've ever listened to in terms of quality of story and making you really feel it, the narrator was just excellent, best narrator I've ever heard yet.

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  • Woolfe
  • 05-18-21

Total War

Superb research and telling of a total battle.

The battle brought to life with factual unemotional writing leaving the listener to imagine the horrors and heroism of the battle and its terrible aftermath that lasted for over a decade for those Germans that survived.

Great narration with impeccable (i assume) pronunciation.

I was going to download another of Mr Beevors books straight away however will need to listen to something lighter as Stalingrad leaves you drained with a lot to think about. Awesome, horrific but with snippets of humanity.

Only small criticism is that some maps would be great!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-25-21

Hard-core Bevor at its best

Another book by Beever on the horrific, gut wrenching darkness of WW2. This book, focusing on Stalingrad, delves into the "Eastern Front" with first hand accounts and other evidence to show the true depths of depravity that humans can fall too. It also tells of the resilience of the human spirit in the most horrific and tragic of circumstances. A great listen, if you can stomach it. You should. The stories need to be told and remembered.