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Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience!* 

Stalingrad, November 1942. Lieutenant Breuer dreams of returning home for Christmas. But he and his fellow German soldiers will spend winter in a frozen hell - as snow, ice and relentless Soviet assaults reduce the once mighty Sixth Army to a diseased and starving rabble. Breakout at Stalingrad is a stark and terrifying portrait of the horrors of war and a profoundly humane depiction of comradeship in adversity. 

The book itself has an extraordinary story behind it. Its author fought at Stalingrad and was imprisoned by the Soviets. In captivity, he wrote a novel based on his experiences, which the Soviets confiscated before releasing him. Gerlach resorted to hypnosis to remember his narrative, and in 1957 it was published as The Forsaken Army. Fifty-five years later Carsten Gansel, an academic, came across the original manuscript of Gerlach's novel in a Moscow archive. This first translation into English of Breakout at Stalingrad includes the story of Gansel's sensational discovery. 

*Booktrack is an immersive listening experience that pairs traditional audiobook narration to complementary music and sound effects. The tempo and rhythm of the score are in perfect harmony with the action and characters throughout the audiobook. Gently playing in the background, the music never overpowers or distracts from the narration, so listeners can enjoy every minute. When you purchase this Booktrack edition, you receive the exact narration as the traditional audiobook available, with the addition of music throughout. 

©2019 Breakout at Stalingrad (P)2019 Head of Zeus

Critic reviews

"One of the greatest novels of the Second World War." (The Times)

"Gerlach's truly magnificent novel...is a devastating account of the appalling privations suffered by the German army, left to their fate by the foundering, over-stretched Fatherland. A masterpiece." (Mail on Sunday)

"A remarkable find." (Antony Beevor)

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First read the book The Foresaken Army several years ago and it became one of my top East Front reads. When I noticed the original novel had been discovered in the Russian archive (unbelievable find) I had to read this version. Even better I came across the audible version so bought the book and used a credit to get this audible version, great performance by the narrator. I wasn't disappointed. Superb. I recommend both versions of the book (read The Forsaken Army first) and this audible version. Read and listen. Moving, horrific, enlightening. The German soldier was also a victim of Hitler and his sycophants esp Goering. Stalingrad, the start of the downfall of the Eastern Front. Some say other battles where more important with regards to the downfall of the Germans on the Eastern Front and the War as a whole however it's Stalingrad that was the furthest the Germans got to in Russia and it was from there that the Germans started their retreat that led to the battle of Berlin and the end of Hitler and the Nazi party.

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  • 05-06-20

The music kills the vibe

I fully understand the need to make the story come alive but the non-stop piano and violin when a conversation is happening just looses me. I start getting distracted by the non-stop instrumentals. I do love the natural add-on like the wind or gun-fire. Overall, you will be irritated by the over excessive music.

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  • Susan
  • 10-01-21

couldn't get past 15mins, bad

My 1st "bad" review im sorry to say. problem is they have music and sound effects embedded in the narration and its distracting and just out of place. the story may be good but there's just no way I can listen to it...waste of my $$$

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  • mtparis
  • 28-07-20

ruined by audio

I agree with prior reviewer that the background sounds, including music, are distracting to annoying. It's not a radio play; it's a book reading. Also, the reader and the translation are poor. The cockney accent and phrases are irritating. The speed of reading and overall diction of the reader are poor quality. The choice of an Englishman to read this book seems wrong, as well. I will quit this format for this book and read it instead.