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Summary

Armageddon tells the story of the climatic months of the Second World War and the destruction of Hitler's Germany.

In this compelling study, the author addresses the big human and military questions. Why did the Allies not win the war in 1944, when they were vastly stronger than the Germans? Why did the Russians produce the best generals? What was it like to fight the British, American, German, and Soviet armies?

This book embraces the fates of more than a hundred million people, from the tragic teenage fanatics who died in the ruins of Hitler's Reich to the British "Tommies" who simply yearned to finish a painful job and go home. Few books on the Second World War have so vividly brought together the story of the battlefields, east and west, with the decisions of the generals and the impact of great events upon ordinary soldiers and civilians.

©2005 Max Hastings (P)2005 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Masterful history. Story telling at its best.

Absolutely stunning. Hastings takes the closing chapter of the war and shows it for all its complexity and horror. It’s easy to listen to and engaging even for a history buff like myself. Well done. I would recommend this work to anyone and is one of the best audio’s I have chosen in 6 years !! (I started with .com)

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Another Hastings success

What can you say about a Max Hasting book, it is fantastic, the research that must have gone into this book must is beyond my imagination. It really is a worthwhile read. Highly commend it.

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An excellent book

Where does Armageddon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The book is a very well written account of the last few months of the Third Reich from the events just before Operation Market Garden in the autumn 1944 to its eventual collapse in May 1945.

Shame its not slightly longer because I enjoyed listening to it so much

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

First time I have listened to a book narrated by John Sessions but he does a great job here

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Good, solid history book

Well narrated, well researched history book which covers the ending of the war. The audible version is abridged, but still comes in at 7 hours or so. I download3d it to my tablet, then blutoothed it across to my car and listened to it during my commute - it was so good, it was almost enough to make me look forward to going to work!

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battle for Berlin

I would have liked more detail on the battle for Berlin City
overall interesting book

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Well written history but short compared to the written version

I enjoyed the audio version of this analytical and well written history of the period covering late 1944 through to the end of the war and the consequences for a Germany that until then had been largely untouched within her borders apart from aerial bombing. However, having read the book when it first came out this seemed light on all the detail and statistics that are an essential part of the full story. Regardless, very enjoyable.