There are some battles that change the course of history: Alamein is one of those.In October 1942, Britain and its allies were in real difficulties: Germany and its Axis partners seemed to be triumphant everywhere - in Europe, in Russia, in the Atlantic and were now poised to take the Suez Canal. It was in North Africa that the stand was made, that the tide of World War Two began to turn.
It was a battle of strong characters: the famous battle commander Rommel and the relatively untested new British commander, Montgomery, leading men who fought through an extraordinary eleven day battle, in an unforgiving terrain, amid the swirling sandstorms and the desert winds.
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This is a historical novel not a history book as I was expecting. It does not make that clear in the description. Having said that, it is an excellent listen. The story follows various individuals from Rommel and Montgomery through to privates and ambulance drivers all with their own individual tales which weave together as the story progresses. It works well as a novel describing war in all its appalling detail never loosing its pace. With brilliant narration the story leaves you feeling as perhaps war should.
A good combination of fiction and based on fact. For anybody that is interested in the Battle of El Alamein a good balanced story that reflects the true cost of war from all sides - German, Italian, British and Commonwealth.
Apart from the narrative - which is gripping even though the facts are generally well known - this is one of the best read/performed books I have in my Audiobooks library (totalling over 100).
There are few narrators who can sing as well as a deliver a reading in different and appropriate voices/accents.
This is a tour de force and should not be missed.
"This is fiction"
This book is not a nonfiction book. I have not listened to it past the first 20 minutes as it was not what I purchased. It should be moved to the fiction section
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