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The Siege of Leningrad: History in an Hour Audiobook

The Siege of Leningrad: History in an Hour

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Publisher's Summary

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

The Siege of Leningrad was one of the longest sieges in history and it inflicted some of the worst civilian casualties of World War Two. When Hitler declared his intention to obliterate the key city of Leningrad on 22 September 1941, he could not have foreseen the grim determination of its citizens. Over the course of 900 days, the city resisted the Germans pounding at its gates. Its survival contributed to the defeat of Nazism. But the price was heavy - over 1 million died in Leningrad from German bombs and artillery, or from disease, the cold or starvation.

In its suffering Leningrad became a source of symbolic national pride, of good conquering evil. The story of the siege is one of heroic resistance and stoical survival but it also one of unimaginable suffering and extreme deprivation.

The Siege of Leningrad: History in an Hour is essential reading for all history lovers.

©2013 Rupert Colley (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"If the past is a foreign country, History in an Hour is like a high-class tour operator, offering delightfully enjoyable short breaks in the rich and diverse continent of our shared past" (Dominic Sandbrook)

"The practice of History is ever-evolving, and the History In An Hour idea brings it back up to date for the digital age" (Andrew Roberts, Bookseller)

"This is genius" (MacWorld.com)

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    Jake Blunt 02/09/2016
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    "Colley leads the way into a nightmarish world"

    Keeble's powerful narration brings Colley's excellent writing to life in this riveting exploration of Soviet Russia's greatest test. The hardships are brutally described and the suffering fully explained, with the fervor and burning loyalty of the party conveyed in full colour to contrast with the irrefutable inhumanity of the siege. A riveting hour, well worth the investment.

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    Myles Jounieh, Lebanon 14/11/2013
    Myles Jounieh, Lebanon 14/11/2013 Member Since 2013

    A South African lover of classics and non-fiction, living in Lebanon, and eschewing convention.

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    "Salutary and succinct"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Siege of Leningrad: History in an Hour to be better than the print version?

    I've not had the option of reading the print version. but the audio edition allowed me to relax and learn at the same time.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Well, I knew what would happen? It was history, after all.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I did listen to it in one sitting.


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  • Marcelo
    Sao Paulo, Brazil
    19/11/14
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    "history of one of at terrible episode of WW2"
    What made the experience of listening to The Siege of Leningrad: History in an Hour the most enjoyable?

    good historical perspective


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    not aplicable


    What aspect of Jonathan Keeble’s performance would you have changed?

    put the north front in the perspective of the whole barbarosa operation


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    hunger in the former capital


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