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Britain's War Audiobook

Britain's War: Volume 1, Into Battle, 1937-1941

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Publisher's Summary

The most terrible emergency in Britain's history, the Second World War, required an unprecedented national effort. An exhausted country had to fight an unexpectedly long war and found itself much diminished amongst the victors.

The outcome of the war was nonetheless a triumph, not least for a political system that proved well adapted to the demands of a total conflict and for a population who had to make many sacrifices but who were spared most of the horrors experienced in the rest of Europe.

Britain's War is a narrative of these epic events, an analysis of the myriad factors that shaped military success and failure, and an explanation of what the war tells us about the history of modern Britain. As compelling on the major military events as he is on the experience of ordinary people living through exceptional times, Todman suffuses his extraordinary book with a vivid sense of a struggle which left nobody unchanged - and explores why, despite terror, separation and deprivation, Britons were overwhelmingly willing to pay the price of victory.

This audiobook begins with the coronation of George VI and ends with the disasters in the Far East in December 1941. A second audiobook will tell the story from 1942 to Indian independence in 1947.

©2016 Daniel Todman (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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    Erik Bloodaxe UK 22/12/2016
    Erik Bloodaxe UK 22/12/2016 Member Since 2013

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    "A first class read"
    What made the experience of listening to Britain's War the most enjoyable?

    The amount of detail and back ground offered so much


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clear discriptions of All participants


    What about Ric Jerrom’s performance did you like?

    Clear delivery


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Had a clear style


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simon 15/02/2017
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    "Great Political & Social History"

    Gives you the necessary military context and timeline, but really shines on the worldwide and domestic political machinations. Excellent on the social and economic aspects of the conflict. Good use of contemporary comments from all social strata without becoming a unfocused quote fest.
    Clear narration but a bit monotonous in inflection, leavened with a few am dram surprised/quizzical cadences.
    Looking forward to part two. Wonder who wins? Ahem.

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  • dell992
    21/06/16
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    "Great Performance, Biased with out a warning!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes it is a good story but not to the ignorant.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Either drop the socialist revisionism or let the reader know ahead of time. Either way the book would be immeasurably improved.


    What about Ric Jerrom’s performance did you like?

    He did a great "American" accent I loved it alot. Additionally his ability to inflec his voice to betray the intention of the author is great.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a nice read especially if you are playing a WW2 game. But it committed the cardinal sin of not being upfront with the biases of the author.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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