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  • Total War

  • From Stalingrad to Berlin
  • By: Michael Jones
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

The powerful story of the Red Army's battle of liberation against the Nazi invader - from Stalingrad all the way to Berlin. In February 1943, German forces surrendered to the Red Army at Stalingrad, and the tide of war turned. By May 1945 Soviet soldiers had stormed Berlin and brought down Hitler's regime. Total War follows the fortunes of these fighters as they liberated Russia and the Ukraine from the Nazi invader and fought their way into the heart of the Reich. It reveals the horrors they experienced - the Holocaust, genocide and the mass murder of Soviet POWs - and shows the Red Army, brutalised by war, taking its terrible revenge on the German civilian population.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing insight.

  • By A on 04-09-18

Eastern Front in Perspective

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-08-18

This is a hugely impressive and beautifully presented piece of research. The excerpts from the diaries and letters of Russian soldiers present a very moving and harrowing account of the day to day realities of war. From my point of view, it was a welcome perspective from the western orientated accounts of the Second World War, with which I am familiar. Beautifully read, I was riveted from start to finish. Highly recommended

  • Women at the Ready

  • The Remarkable Story of the Women's Voluntary Services on the Home Front
  • By: Patricia Malcolmson, Robert Malcolmson
  • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

From the summer of 1938, British women from all walks of life joined the Women's Voluntary Services (WVS). This disparate band of women came together for the common good - to help serve and protect their communities. By 1941 a million women had enrolled. These brave and dutiful women played a vital role in Britain's victory. The positive impact of the WVS on wartime society was universally acknowledged. They were instrumental in implementing the large-scale evacuation of children from bomb-targeted cities, in the care of the wounded, and in keeping those in war service fed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hugely Informative Book

  • By Evelyn O'Connor on 15-03-16

Hugely Informative Book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-03-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Women at the Ready to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version of this book. The audio edition is however excellent and I have listened to it numerous times and always learnt something new.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Women at the Ready?

These women were truly amazing. The story vividly describes their involvement with the evacuation, setting up canteens during the blitz & providing clothes and furniture for bombed out and displaced people.

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

I have not listened to any of the reader's other performances.

Any additional comments?

Do listen to this book, A wonderful story.