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The Second World War

Lu par : Sean Barrett
Durée : 39 h et 17 min
5 out of 5 stars (4 notations)

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A magisterial, single volume history of the greatest conflict the world has ever known by our foremost military historian.

The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. The war in Europe appeared completely divorced from the war in the Pacific and China, and yet events on opposite sides of the world had profound effects.

Using the most up to date scholarship and research, Beevor assembles the whole picture in a gripping narrative that extends from the North Atlantic to the South Pacific and from the snowbound steppe to the North African Desert.

Although filling the broadest canvas on a heroic scale, Beevor's The Second World War never loses sight of the fate of the ordinary soldiers and civilians whose lives were crushed by the titanic forces unleashed in this, the most terrible war in history.

Read by Sean Barrett.

©2012 Antony Beevor (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group

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One of the best histories of the War ever written

An excellent, thoroughly informative and detailed exploration of the conflict, with particular appeal to western readers, unaware of many of the details of the war in China covered at length in this complete history.

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  • Martin
  • 26/07/2012

Superb and enthralling - highly recommended.

Where does The Second World War, Part One: The Phoney War to Stalingrad rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Excellent Audible history - up there with the rude boys.

Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The narrator is excellent. This is a long listen, so the narration is especially important and Sean Barrett's clarity, diction and expression are first class.

Any additional comments?

The mix of grand strategic overview mixed with the words of soldiers and civilians make this brilliantly written history extremely engrossing. I'm eagerly looking forward to Part 2.

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  • Aske
  • 01/08/2018

A good walkthrough of the war

Starting prewar and going through every major front to the postwar partition of Europe. Many forgotten bits are given a day in the spotlight. No individual bit gets the total work through and that's quite fine. This is an overview that let's one find bits of interest for further investigation.
The narrator has a comfortable voice for such a long listen and does a remarkable job of pronouncing the non-English codenames and places.

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  • Andrei Ivanesei
  • 26/08/2017

Good overview of the second world war

Mostly focused on Germany, US and USSR with very little time spent on the minor nations involved

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  • Paul Hannah
  • 25/11/2016

This will become the seminal work on WWII

Truly global in its scope, any serious study of the war will necessarily include a careful reading of this work.

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  • Christian Jorgensen
  • 05/11/2016

Stunning and comprehensive

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

Stunning, elaborate and comprehensive.

What other book might you compare The Second World War to and why?

It is definitely the best overall history of the Second World War I have read so far. It might be supplemented with a more analytical look at the war by reading Norman Davies "Europe at War 1939-1945. If one wants to explore the different campaigns further Beevor wrote great books on Berlin, D-Day and Stalingrad as well.

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

The Great Tragedy

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  • Halldor
  • 27/10/2013

Difficult subject matter, great narration.

Any additional comments?

The narration by Sean Barrett is simply outstanding and sensitive to the subject matter at hand.

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  • F-M
  • 11/11/2012

Expected more from Antony Beevor

Great run over the second world war. But nothing new for those who have studied it already. Best on the Western campaigns and less in-depth on the complex Japanese/Chinese conflict. Hoped that Antony Beevor with his detailed knowledge would have tried to maintain an analytical overview of the war. However, instead he leads us through battle to battle and campaign to campaign in his usual entertaining style with lots of specific stories to bring the scenes alive. Maybe I was expecting too much.

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  • Anand
  • 28/08/2012

Not that great narration.

Would you try another book from Antony Beevor and/or Sean Barrett?

Lacks the tautness of Stalingrad and Crete.
Not enough personal episodes.
Narration was bad. Not awful, but just bad.

Would you be willing to try another book from Antony Beevor? Why or why not?

Good writer.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sean Barrett?

Ray Porter

Could you see The Second World War, Part One: The Phoney War to Stalingrad being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Governator as Hitler, Tom Hanks as Churchill.

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  • Jan
  • 11/07/2012

Great Overview of WW2

It over all of the war and you get a much better picture of how it all unfolded. It was does not pull any punches and gives you enough details without overwhelming you.

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  • lloyd
  • 11/10/2012

ALONZO

THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE COME TO EXPECT FROM BEEVOR. WRITTEN HISTORY AT ITS BEST,CONCISE, WRITTEN WITH AUTHORITY AND VERY ENTERTAINING, I HAVE READ ALL OF BEEVORS BOOKS AND HAVE NOT BEEN DISAPOINTED. THE NARRATOR WAS EXCELLENT. IN ALL, A GREAT BUY

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