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Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Stalingrad by Antony Beevor, read by Peter Nobel.

Antony Beevor's Stalingrad is a harrowing look at one of history's darkest moments.

In October 1942, a panzer officer wrote, 'Stalingrad is no longer a town.... Animals flee this hell; the hardest stones cannot bear it for long; only men endure.'

The battle for Stalingrad became the focus of Hitler and Stalin's determination to win the gruesome, vicious war on the eastern front. The citizens of Stalingrad endured unimaginable hardship; the battle, with fierce hand-to-hand fighting in each room of each building, was brutally destructive to both armies. But the eventual victory of the Red Army, and the failure of Hitler's Operation Barbarossa, was the first defeat of Hitler's territorial ambitions in Europe and the start of his decline.

Antony Beevor is the renowned author of Stalingrad, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature, and Berlin, which received the first Longman-History Today Trustees Award. His books have sold nearly four million copies.

©2017 Antony Beevor (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic reviews

"A brilliantly researched tour de force of military history." (Sarah Bradford, The Times)
"An extraordinary story of tactical genius, civilian bravery, obsession, carnage and the nature of war itself, Stalingrad will act as a testament to the vital role of the soviet war effort. A superb re-telling. Beevor combines a soldier's understanding of war's realities with the narrative techniques of a novelist.... This is a book that lets the reader look into the face of battle." (Orlando Figes, Sunday Telegraph)

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  • Dave
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  • 29-09-17

Simply the best

A long, detailed and intricate history of the battle of Stalingrad. Put simply, this is probably the best book ever written about WW2. I read the book many years ago and was interested to see how the audio book compared. Thanks to the excellent narration, it is still the best out there. I would guess that anyone interested in WW2 has already heard this, but if you haven't, get it today. You won't regret it.

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very good

I need to listen again to the detailed audio but found it very interesting and informative. well written and read. recommended

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mind blowing <br />

quite simply mesmerising in it's scope and scale , a truly magnificent telling of a tragedy beyond compare

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enchanting

perfectly narrated enticing educational piece of brilliance will be hard to beat .. Berlin next

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Read it first time round

Read this year's ago and really pleased that I revisited this gem, brilliant bit of work, can be a bit harrowing at times. Recommended for everyone

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Excellent in every way

Enjoyed a thorough and awesome historical novel Antony Beevor is the best I felt like I was hovering above the monumental battle and could smell the cordite well done

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  • JP
  • 31-01-18

excellent book well read Bevor is the master

excellent book well read Bevor is the master story teller his books though historically researched are easy to follow

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Captivating all the way through

Would you listen to Stalingrad again? Why?

This is so packed with information it is easy to miss small details that had such a telling effect on the overall history of Stalingrad.

This is the first book I have listened too from this author and I would thoroughly recommend him.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The comparisons between how the respective prisoners were treated and their subsequent fates. Very enduring to the last.

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

It is very long as a book and I am sure I would miss things if listened too all in a single session.

Great for car journeys and listening to at work.

Any additional comments?

I have just bought the Spanish Civil war book and am really looking forward to hearing more on this very interesting subject area.

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Riveting

A comprehensive historical account of an awful event, which can never be forgotten. Until time has healed!

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One the best audio books I have listened to.

A captivating book, once started I had to finish it as soon as possible, probably the best book about the Russian front in the WWII .

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  • Henrik B.
  • 06-09-17

great read

Everyone should read more about the history of Europe and ww2. this give an important and thoroughly review of the battle of stallingrad