A magisterial history of the greatest and most terrible event in history, from one of the finest historians of the Second World War. This shows the impact of war upon hundreds of millions of people around the world - soldiers, sailors and airmen; housewives, farm workers and children. Reflecting Max Hastings's thirty-five years of research on World War II, All Hell Let Loose describes the course of events, but focuses chiefly upon human experience.
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I also have the hardback version of this and initially hesitated buying the audio, but I am glad that I did. It is superbly read by Cameron Stewart. I have listened to each day as I walk to and from work. Loosing track of what you have listened to can be a problem with some of the larger history books, but not in this case. It is entirely memorable. The detail is superb and there is a wealth of little known detail through out. I am looking forward to listening to part 2.
"War is war: warts and all."
This work is very well researched, narratively compelling and will drive a Tiger tank through any comfortable ideas that you have acquired from other tomes about World War II. If nothing else, it will raise one question: namely, how the hell did we manage to win the war? I feel confident that after listening to this Audible presentation, you will want to buy the book to have as a permanent basis to cross-reference all other works on this subject..
I am an avid fan of pretty much all military history and spend a lot of time listening to books in the car. I have found this to be very enjoyable, although thorough it moves at a good pace and does not get bogged down in too much unnecessary detail. The human stories that are heard throughout add to the historical big picture and keep the interest levels high. I would recomment this to anyone who wants to learn more about WW2.
I have enjoyed this as it's entertaining and superbly narrated - but I have to say i'm disappointed at the pricing of this book in terms of needing two credits. Other quality WW2 history books have a similar listening time and remain at one credit. For example the fairly recent 'The Storm of War - Andrew Roberts' (a slightly better book in my opinion)
My most recent purchase is 'The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich - W. Shirer' This runs to fifty seven hours of listening for one credit, compared to the fourteen hours for part one of this.
Not great value when other comparable (and better) books are cheaper.
. it takes out all the we won the war an replaces with some facts- History usually is written by the victors for the victors.. this work writes it as it is.. success and failure- Just a point.. the issues are a bit mixed up, there are 4 books, Book one Vol 1 & 2. and book 2 vol 1 & 2.. but whoever put it on here has got Vol 2 somewhat muddled up and calls them Vol 2 pt 2 and Vol 2 pt 3...- ?Just check it before you listen..- Well worth the money.
This work by Max Hastings is brilliant, covering every theatre of action, revealing new insights to the war, which makes it a fascinating read. Very thorough. A must read for anyone interested in the history of WWII.
"Brilliant work comes to life"
Little can be added to the already glowing reviews of this outstanding book in terms of content. However the audio version brings to life in a striking and often poignant manner the emphasis on the individual human stories. If you think you have already read or heard it all this audio will change your mind and give a new perspective.
"Ideal 'detailed' overview for non history buff"
As someone who isn't very interested in the history of WW2, this filled in many of the gaps in my understanding. Easy to listen to and the day to day accounts of ordinary people really bought home the true horrors of the conflict, especially the Eastern front, truly awful and fascinating at the same time.
"Gripping Fascinating, Illuminating"
This has been in my library for some time but I have only just got around to listening to it - why I can't imagine!
I was a child during the war and experienced some bombing, rationing and so on but it was all quite exciting and I had no idea how close we came to losing, how ill prepared and ill equipped we were or how much of the propaganda was far from accurate and designed, reasonably effectively as far as I can recall, to keep up our spirits.. The book is rich in quotations from indiviuals involved which bring home the sheer scale of the misery experienced by millions and from which I, secure in my Devon village for much of the time, was largely protected.I very strongly recommend this to anyone, who like me , lived through the war, but also for a younger generation who I find are woefully ignorant about it - why it occurred, how it progressed and , above all, how the outcome could have been very different had better decision been made, especially by Hitler. I shudder to think what our lives would be like today had he won. This excellent book makes it very clear that a German victory was a distinct possibility. With the aid of hindsight, and Max Hastings's insight, some of Hitler's decisions beggar belief - Thank God!
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