We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
 >   > 
The Battle for Spain | [Antony Beevor]

The Battle for Spain

The civil war that tore Spain apart between 1936 and 1939 and attracted liberals and socialists from across the world to support the cause against Franco was one of the most hard-fought and bitterest conflicts of the 20th century: a war of atrocities and political genocide and a military testing ground before WWII for the Russians, Italians and Germans, whose Condor Legion so notoriously destroyed Guernica.
Regular Price:£24.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • £7.99/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

The civil war that tore Spain apart between 1936 and 1939 and attracted liberals and socialists from across the world to support the cause against Franco was one of the most hard-fought and bitterest conflicts of the 20th century: a war of atrocities and political genocide and a military testing ground before WWII for the Russians, Italians and Germans, whose Condor Legion so notoriously destroyed Guernica.

Antony Beevor's account narrates the origins of the Civil War and its violent and dramatic course from the coup d'etat in July 1936 through the savage fighting of the next three years which ended in catastrophic defeat for the Republicans in 1939. And he succeeds especially well in unravelling the complex political and regional forces that played such an important part in the origins and history of the war.

©2006 Antony Beevor (P)2011 Orion

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (68 )
5 star
 (34)
4 star
 (20)
3 star
 (8)
2 star
 (6)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.3 (34 )
5 star
 (18)
4 star
 (10)
3 star
 (5)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.5 (33 )
5 star
 (20)
4 star
 (10)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    steven 18/03/2012
    steven 18/03/2012 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    49
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    41
    31
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    1
    Overall
    "Great, but just too much"

    Beevor is without doubt one of the world's best historians. His works on Stalingrad and Berlin have won him international kudos. This is the first of his books to make it on to Audible, despite several requests. The Spanish war comes to life and the inconceivable savagery, incompetence, neglect, slaughter, hatred and indifference which pervaded this tragic period are vividly painted. Sadly, although it is meticulously researched and brilliantly detailed, it fails as an audiobook. There are just too many names, the sequence of events is too convoluted to remember and eventually the listener loses the plot. Great narration.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    christian POISSY, France 21/10/2012
    christian POISSY, France 21/10/2012 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    23
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Excellent, complete, not for beginners"

    Excellent and detailed book about the Spanish Civil War. Great narrator. Beevor goes into detail about the Civil War inside the Civil War, and Stalin's use and abuse of the Republican cause. A great book, very thorough, with historical, geographical, political and military angles well covered; yet it manages to stay at the level of human interaction and to be moving and reflective

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Timothy Inkberrow, United Kingdom 12/03/2012
    Timothy Inkberrow, United Kingdom 12/03/2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Great"

    A very good listen - very accessible to the layman. Seems to cover just about everything with just suffecient depth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Andy Allison Stafford, Staffs United Kingdom 24/08/2015
    Andy Allison Stafford, Staffs United Kingdom 24/08/2015 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A proper detailed look at this overlooked war"

    I enjoyed this book. The narration is easy on the ear and pitched at the right tempo and tone for the subject matter.
    My only criticism is that no mention is made of how Franco treated the Moroccan army or anyone who did not fit in with his "White Spanish" vision. I suppose it's technically after the war but zero mention is made when other aftermath aspects are.
    Still enjoyed it though and recommend it if the subject title interests you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    J. D. Burnell 05/05/2015
    J. D. Burnell 05/05/2015 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    17
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good book, but the wrong format"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm a great fan of audiobooks, and history ones in particular. However, this book would be best in the good old-fashioned dead tree format, because that gives you two things an audiobook doesn't: maps and an index.

    Maps are vital if your geography of Spain is anything less than A-level standard, and mine isn't even up to basic tourist standard.

    An index is very, very vital. I can sympathise with other reviewers who have talked about the barrage of names that hits you, particularly in the opening chapters. They can indeed get confusing. In, say, a history of World War 2 it's pretty easy to tell which side a certain name belongs to, but with a civil war, no such luck (unless the name is German or Russian, which in fairness many are). As such it's fairly easy to lose track of who's fighting on which side, which wouldn't happen if you could quickly flip to the index (which you can't do on a kindle, either, or at least not very easily).

    Other preparations which would probably pay dividends would be to swot up on the Spanish name formats, as they aren't straightforward and don't always make sense to an anglophone ear; and also to be clear on Spanish pronunciation. Sean Barrett is to be congratulated on the excellence of his Spanish accent when names of people or places appear in the text, but I sometimes found myself wondering how a certain name would actually be spelt. Again, an argument that for me at least, this was in the wrong format.

    Despite all this the book was a pleasant experience overall, and as my only real understanding of the Spanish Civil War before this came from "For Whom The Bell Tolls" and "Homage To Catalonia", it answered many questions. It can also be seen in many ways as a prequel to the Second World War, and for that reason forms a vital part of European history which deserves to be better understood.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Burbag 26/11/2014
    Burbag 26/11/2014 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    9
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "a fascinating read"
    What did you like most about The Battle for Spain?

    it clearly told a history I knew vaguely without any of the particular details. It demanded attention


    What did you like best about this story?

    the way it clearly explained the story of Spain in the fascist era


    Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Sean Barrett is an excellent performer. I like his style, diction and narrative manner. He is a pleasure to listen to


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the continuing saga of Catalonia still has resonance today


    Any additional comments?

    a really enjoyable and informative history.. Antony Beevor has written some exceptional books. This is perhaps the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mrs Wirral, United Kingdom 29/07/2013
    Mrs Wirral, United Kingdom 29/07/2013 Member Since 2012

    M H

    HELPFUL VOTES
    106
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    99
    41
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    8
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I am none the wiser"

    I had just finished reading Antony Beevor's WW2 book which was fantastic and gave me a much greater understanding of WW2.

    Unfortunately this book did not have the same effect on me. After finishing it I still have little idea of what caused the Civil war and the key events. There were just too many similar names and too many small skirmishes. I think someone with a little understanding of the civil war and the history of Spain would gain a lot more from this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mr. Glasgow, United Kingdom 08/07/2013
    Mr. Glasgow, United Kingdom 08/07/2013 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    18
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Almost unbearably sad, but so beautifully told."

    Oh, this is good. A mass of complicated and difficult material rendered in an accessible way by a very accomplished historian, and a splendid, lambent narration which finds a perfect tone for the text. I really enjoyed this, although the waste, betrayal and vicious stupidity which underpin the conflict made it almost unbearable in places. Notwithstanding that, Beevor finds places to foreground the triumph of human decency against hellish odds. All in all, this is a smashing piece of work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    10/04/2013
    10/04/2013 Listener Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Captivating!"

    Brilliantly explained history of the war which destroyed a country, highlighting the different parties and exploring their motives. Keeps you interested all the way through, keeping up the pace of the storytelling to make it a very interesting read. This is a staggering read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    David Iver, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    David Iver, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Excellently written, but needs concentration"

    Beevor is a fantastic researcher, and he can write brilliantly. This book covers a dark period in European history and covers it very well, with lots of detail. However, if Spanish is not a language you know, it requires quite a bit of concentration to get to grips with. This is one of those times that I would want to read a book in the traditional way, just because it needs maps to understand fully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.