The Blitz continued to rain down on the shell and morale of the nation’s defences. In the cold grey waters of the North Atlantic, wolfpacks of enemy U boats hunted down with ruthless efficiency the supply lines that could keep Britain in the war. Through the year, the enemy produced many of their grandest victories, but Britain was able to stabilise its position in the Middle East although setbacks at the hands of the newly arrived Rommel, the Desert Fox, were encountered in North Africa. But 1941 was to prove strategically decisive; with Hitler’s campaign in the Balkans, vital time was lost to the Wehrmacht for an attack on its former ally Russia. When the 150 divisions hurled themselves forward in June many knew that the long Russian winter would grind the enemy to a standstill before they could reach the safety of their objective cities.
In December the third member of 'The Grand Alliance' stepped from the background with the infamous attack of Pearl Harbour. Now Churchill knew in his heart that ultimate victory surely lay with Britain, the United States, and Russia, but the continuing pain, sacrifice, and toll of blood and machine were still to be borne. The overview is read by Winston S Churchill, MP, and the volume narrated by Michael Jayston.
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Annoying, gratuitous soundtrack
What would have made Winston S. Churchill: The History of the Second World War, Volume 3 - The Grand Alliance better?
I really loved listening to volumes 1 and 2, but volume 3 adds a hokey musical soundtrack during dramatic events. It is too loud to tune out, so it's very annoying. So much so, that I have stopped listening to it. I'm really disappointed. I was looking forward to listening to all the volumes, but will not if they are like this one. I don't understand why the producers added this loud, very cliched soundtrack. The narrative is dramatic enough. Nothing else is needed.
What did you like best about this story?
This is a great historical account.
Have you listened to any of Michael Jayston’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
He is excellent.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Winston S. Churchill: The History of the Second World War, Volume 3 - The Grand Alliance?
I would have cut out the loud, distracting music.
Any additional comments?
Would audible consider providing a version of these volumes without the soundtrack?
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Buy the Christian Rodska version instead
This version is extremely short and unsatisfying. The Christian Rodska is much better in depth and detail.
- Mike Vitamvas
Skip this book if you have listened to book 1 and 2
I enjoyed book one and two but this one is disappointing. Almost all of the material was covered word for word in book 2 with only a chapter or two giving new stories.
I am not sure why anyone would buy this book. As the 3rd book in the series it is a waste and as a stand alone book would not make sense.