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Now It Can Be Told

Written by: Philip Gibbs
Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Length: 19 hrs and 19 mins
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Sir Philip Gibbs served as one of five official British reporters during the First World War. In this book he relays the experiences of British soldiers and offers a detailed narrative of the events of World War I, while trying to draw broader conclusions about the nature of war and how it can be prevented in the future.

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  • Alan
  • 2018-08-19

An unusually worthwhile listen.

I have a reasonably good lay knowledge of the political & military history of WW1: the archduke, trench warfare, etc. But this firsthand account by a British war correspondent who experienced the whole thing from beginning to end provides a much more personal and up-close account. Very worthwhile, and wonderfully written and performed.

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  • M. ANNE STATEN
  • 2019-03-23

Haunting and tragic

This story gave me chills and saddened me to know how foolish people could be in the name of patriotism.

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  • Michael in Detroit
  • 2019-08-21

Great information, horrible narration.

In spite of the other reviews which spoke of bad narration, I listened to the sample, and thought it would be fine. I was familiar with the book via the Hardcore History podcast, and was very interested in hearing it in full.

I can say that the story is very informative and well written. But, indeed, the narrator becomes so hard to listen to, that I almost didn't finish the book. Some narrators simply need to read what's written, not try to add character accents, as Davies does with this book. His French "accent" isn't great, but it's not terribly annoying, Once you get further into the story, however, and he starts to imitate a German "accent", that's when the real horror begins. Davies' cartoonish portrayal of German officers and soldiers is so revolting that it almost completely ruins the content. I'm not even going to mention what many others have--that Davies tends to whisper and then gets much louder. For me, listening on external computer speakers, it wasn't so bad, but with headphones, I'd imagine it's very annoying.

Bottom line--as much as I respect the content of the book, had I known just how difficult it would be to listen to Matthew Lloyd Davies, I definitely would've passed on this one!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-17

Loud than Quiet

The narrator starts most sentences out really loud than finishes at a whisper . It was hard to hear and if you turned up the volume the start of each sentence was deafening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-09

waste of credit

Heavy accents and whispering for dramatic effect equals an incomprehensible audiobook....just another lousy audio production.

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