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When was the last time someone around you brought up World War Two?

It’s a pretty popular war. Maybe you heard about it yesterday. Maybe last month. But it was probably recent. And when it came up, did you wish that you could be the one to casually drop a fact that would have everyone in the room going, “Wow, I never knew that!” 

With this audiobook, you can be that person. 

You can listen to it just a few minutes a day.

Chapters are bite-sized and easy-to-read, meant for normal people instead of war historians!

Each chapter ends with a bonus helping of trivia and some quick questions to test your knowledge. 

You’ll zoom through this book and be hungry for more. 

Get ready to impress your friends with your knowledge–not just of the main events of World War Two, but of all the gritty details and weird true facts. By the time you finish this book, you’ll have a fact for every occasion, from the first moment someone thought about having a Second World War, to the most recent blockbuster movies about it.

So get ready to meet characters from Adolf Hitler, rejected art student, to Jack Churchill, the broadsword-swinging male model. Find out why World War Two started in the first place, and why it’s never a good idea to invade Russia in winter. Learn why the United States was going to stay out of the war, how Canadians stole airplanes for the British, and what an orange soft drink has to do with the Nazis.

Some of the things you’re going to learn are sad. Some are scary. Some are sexy. And some are downright strange! It’s everything your history teacher never got around to telling you.

©2017 LAK Publishing (P)2017 LAK Publishing

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Little known facts about the biggest war

This is a very fun series, and I have worked backwards from book three down to this one. It really doesn't matter the order in which you read them either. The book discusses some better known individuals, and some you have never heard of, the same goes for battles. There will be things that you never knew happened in some of the most well known ones, and things that you never heard of at all (unless you literally lived to research this war).

The really good stuff: Each chapter is short, although very informative. It packs in a lot of info, but does not overwhelm you or make it feel like a teaching moment. No, this is more like information taught just for fun. And you will enjoy it. Additionally, the best part is the mini quiz at the end of each chapter, that is there just to see if you were really listening. So, you can see iif you learned anything.

If you enjoy learning about WWII then you will love this book. It really brings that era alive.

Newman is an excellent narrator, and he actually teaches without sounding like it. He makes the work fun, keeps it interesting, and you will enjoy every second listening to him. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.


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Your New Go To WWII Fact Book!

This was a perfect book to get information on the topic of World War 2 when looking for a bit of a refresher and some new interesting facts. It walks you through the entire war in chronological order and gives you the main points with a lot of extra colorful details that are not widely known. It was kept short and to the point so it is an easy and highly interesting listen. I definitely recommend this book and I'll definitely be looking into getting a print copy as well.

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Great presentation of little know facts about WW2

This is my second book by Bill O’Neill and he continues to excel as an author. I first started with his 80’s trivia because I thought it would be a great “Blast from the Past”. I was surprised by how much info I picked up from it. I think it is a great way to learn facts that you may not have already know. Best to listen to on a long drive so you can really focus on the facts. Love the format of these books. The quizzes are a great feature. Very enjoyable listen. 5 stars.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Interesting facts, easy listen

Somewhat strange presentation (Really, question and answer at end of chapters?) of interesting topics. Short enough to listen to in one afternoon.

Very well narrated even if a little tendansy to be over dramatic.

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  • DK
  • 02-20-18

Chock Full of Information Great Presentation


As I have gotten older, history has become more important to me. I absolutely love these books by Bill O'Neill. They are oozing with information, facts, and trivia. This book is no exception.

The setup for retention is genius. The listener is treated to a chapter's worth of information and then there is a pause, giving the listener a chance to reflect on what he just heard.

I think that I have mentioned this before, in other reviews of Bill O'Neill's books, but it is worth mentioning again. This would be perfect material for (but not limited to) a 5th grade classroom. Imagine a student reading a section and then the teacher calling on students to point out what they have just heard.

The material is timely and interesting to almost anyone, in my opinion.

Derek Newman is an engaging and pleasant narrator. It almost feels like you are having a conversation with him, when at the end of each chapter he asks questions about what you just heard or invites you to share your thoughts. Fantastic!

I intend to listen to each and every Bill O'Neill trivia book with this format. They are marvelous!

Thank you for taking the time to read my review. *I was provided the unique opportunity to receive an advance copy of this book to listen to in exchange for my unbiased review.

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Interesting facts on World War 2

Bill O'Neills facts and trivia on World War 2 are very interesting and informative. Many of the facts I didn't know before and it was fun to learn them.

I was given this Audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Nothing Trivial About This Book

As was my complaint about other Bill O’Neill books, I think saying these are trivia books is a huge discredit to the work and the author. And that is especially true with “The World War II Trivia Book”. There are a lot of terrific back-stories in this book but none more important, in my opinion, than the interim “between the wars”. The holdover issues from World War I were instrumental in seeding the calamity that was World War II. O’Neill does an especially good job of covering the issues in 1930’s Asia and how WW II in the Pacific theater didn’t really begin on December 7, 1941. Excellent insight.

Derek Newman lends a credible tone to the book; an excellent job on his part as well.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Henely Brook, Australia
  • 01-02-18

Overview of the War with trivia

Bill O'Neill's WW2 trivia book is a quick overview of the entire history of the war. For those who know only the extreme basics on the war, this book provides a quick overview of the key players, events and outcomes. It explains some of the history leading to the war (such as the Sino-Japanese War that some consider the actual start of WW2, several years before Hitler did his part). For those that know WW2 reasonably well there is still some new and interesting items in here, mainly in the tiny tidbits and weird trivia that aren't as well known.

The book is broken into six parts, covering the nitty gritty details, but also some strange facts. It is mostly chronological, but jumps around a little bit, as required, to cover related topics and events. Each section ends with some quick dot point facts and then a trivia quiz, to test how well you were listening to the prior chapter.

Overall, an enjoyable and interesting listen.

Narration by Derek Newman is good. Clear and easy to follow, he is well paced. Nothing exciting in the narration but good solid, enjoyable work.

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The World War 2 Trivia Book

I am not a history buff, and I found this Trivia Book to be an enjoyable listen. The facts and stories were very interesting.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Everything that history class should have been

What made the experience of listening to The World War 2 Trivia Book: Interesting Stories and Random Facts from the Second World War the most enjoyable?

This book kept me entertained and paying attention and covers everything from why the war started in the first place to how the different players interacted with one another.

What does Derek Newman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He was able to keep me paying attention throughout the whole book and i never once felt the need to listen to anything else.

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

Everything high school history should have been.

Any additional comments?

Loved the book and kept me listening straight through the whole thing.

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  • Andrew Vail
  • 04-20-18

Another entertaining and educational listen.

This is my follow up book to The American Civil War Trivia book by Bill O’Neill and Dwayne Walker and yet again as with the first I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which was also excellently narrated by Derek Newman.

It is a well structured read, delivering a comprehensive yet succinct over view of the whole conflict and its impact once it was concluded.

The Bitesize chapters are once again perfect in size and the book covers the lead up to the war including Japan’s invasion of China in the 1930s.
It goes into the potential reasons why the war began, how the fallout from WW1 was a catalyst, the parts that Britain and France took, the involvement of the Soviet Union and America and the roles of Japan and Germany too.
There are several significant battles mentioned as well as some interesting individual characters one being Jack Churchill an eccentric British Officer.
They include the significance of the Atomic bombs dropped on Japan on both its population and how it lead to their actual surrender.
The final chapter discusses the impact on all after the war concluded and how modern Europe and the World evolved including the Cold War between the newly emerging Super Powers.
It concludes by highlighting the literature that has come from the campaign and the numerous movies and documentaries that have been inspired as a result.

At the end of each chapter there are numerous bullet point facts which are extremely interesting and the short quizzes are a fabulous knowledge check, so make sure you pay attention and enjoy.

I’m now looking forward to listening to the next book in this series, The Vietnam War Trivia Book.📚

This audio book was requested by myself and provided free.
The review I have given is voluntary and solely my opinion of this audiobook, which is completely independent and unbiased.

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  • Emily
  • 02-07-18

Cohesive

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a really good trivia book concerning the Second World War. There were quite a few little known details that were really interesting. This is well researched and well organised, and I love the way that O’Neill sets out the book with a feeling of cohesion. I also love the questions at the end of each chapter, which meant I could check my knowledge and refresh easily.

Coincidentally, I saw The Darkest Hour in the cinemas a few weeks ago, and there was a tidbit in there that I was a bit leery off, but it was repeated in this trivia book.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 01-14-18

Why shouldn't you invade Russia?

A short, clearly written book about World War Two ( or as we Brits prefer to call it, The Second World War) which, despite it's name is far from trivial.
Having been born in England in the latter part of this war, I grew up surrounded by memories of it, films and books. As I grew older I read extensively, too - I had always been a bit of an history buff. The title of this book intrigued me so I was delighted when I received, at my request, a complimentary copy via Audiobook Boom.

Separated into six bite-sized portions, the book firstly outlines the events leading to the war, going back to thinking even before World War One. This is followed by sections on Britain and France at War, the U.S. and Soviet Union at War, Germany and Japan at war, the End of War and, finally, the Fallout from WW2, which includes a brief look at how society itself was affected as well as media spin offs - like the hugely successful recent film, Dunkirk.
Each section is informative, covering basic historical information followed by bullet points which tend to be more personalised, like the Brit., formerly a minor movie actor, who went into battle with his bow and arrow - and shot enemy soldiers with it!
And finally, a short question and answer quiz based on the previous chapter.

The authors have achieved the near impossible: to produce a concise but cohesive overview of a vast topic whilst remaining unbiased and, above all, interesting. It is complete in itself or would provide a jumping off point for anyone wishing to delve deeper. It even has it's funny moments. What an excellent school history resource this could be, too.
Of course, the whole could have been severely flawed by an unsympathetic narrator, but Derek Newman was, instead, excellent, his warm, clear voice perfectly paced, never over dramatic always reading with good intonation. A perfect partnership of narrator and book.

This short book is surprisingly large in content and, also surprising, fun to read. Very highly recommended for everyone (and I do mean everyone!).
I personally will also be looking out for further war trivial books these authors might produce in the future.