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  • Written by: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 39 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (141 ratings)

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The Second World War

Written by: Antony Beevor
Narrated by: Sean Barrett
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Over the past two decades, Antony Beevor has established himself as one of the world's premier historians of World War II. His multi-award winning books have included Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945. Now, in his newest and most ambitious book, he turns his focus to one of the bloodiest and most tragic events of the 20th century, The Second World War.

In this searing narrative, which takes us from Hitler's invasion of Poland on September 1st, 1939 to V-J day on August 14th, 1945, and the war's aftermath, Beevor describes the conflict and its global reach - one that included every major power. The result is a dramatic and breathtaking single-volume history that provides a remarkably intimate account of the war that, more than any other, still commands attention and an audience.

Thrillingly written and brilliantly researched, Beevor's grand and provocative account is destined to become the definitive work on this complex, tragic, and endlessly fascinating period in world history. It confirms once more that he is a military historian of the first rank.

©2012 Antony Beevor (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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Weak coverage of certain battles, unless American.

Also the Narrator is subpar. Sounds slobbish and disinterested. Adding racial accents to only American quoted speech is an odd tactic.

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Spectacular Book

This book is truly One the finest historical reads on World War 2. I first came across Antony Beevor after reading his incredible book on Stalingrad. I am going to read that one again. It is that good.

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incredible book - the audiobook is incredible too

so informative and thought-provoking. antony beevor is an incredible author and historian. sean barrett's narration is incredible as well. 10/10 recommend.

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A Good Synopsis of WW2

Beevor's book is highly detailed, and thorough. At times it tends to meander, and "reads" a lot like a textbook. That makes it tough to listen to and stay engaged at times. Having said that, it is extremely well written and captures the essence of the conflict.

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chilling

listen learn frightening relevant and real. every newscast will remind you of a segment here

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Excellent

I've read many books on WW2 but learned thousands of new things from this book. I plan to own a hardcopy as well as this audiobook so I can re-visit chapters. It's a book that I hope is read for countless generations (in the hope of these events/war crimes not being repeated).

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Breathtakingly Comprehensive

Everything about this audio book is special. Complete. Careful. Painful. Beautifully narrated. Highly recommended. Worth more than one listen.

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What can you say………

The biggest story of the last thousand years, told in a succinct and compelling way by Mr. Beevor.

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Detailed but easy to follow audio book

Loved the audio book. Highly recommended for anyone wishing to learn more about ww2.

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Amazing Detail

Seems very well researched and accurate. There is so much to learn about WW2 and Antony does a great job teaching and then setting up the listener to dig further into a certain topic.

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