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The Battle of the Atlantic Audiobook

The Battle of the Atlantic: How the Allies Won the War

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Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Battle of the Atlantic, written and read by Jonathan Dimbleby.

The Battle of the Atlantic was - though often overlooked - crucial to victory in the Second World War. If the German U-boats had prevailed, the maritime artery across the Atlantic would have been severed. Mass hunger would have consumed Britain, and the Allied armies would have been prevented from joining in the invasion of Europe. There would have been no D-Day.

Through fascinating contemporary diaries and letters from the leaders and from the sailors on all sides, Jonathan Dimbleby creates a thrilling narrative that uniquely places the campaign in the context of the entire Second World War.

Challenging conventional wisdom on the use of intelligence and on Churchill's bombing campaign, The Battle of the Atlantic tells the epic story of the decisions that led to victory and the horror and humanity of life on those perilous seas.

©2015 Jonathan Dimbleby (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

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    Paul J Day 29/01/2016
    Paul J Day 29/01/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant but faulty editing"

    Really interesting book and very well read. Especially interesting were the personal stories.

    However, the recording has at least 2 sections where sections were left in where Jonathan makes a mistake, apologised then restarts the reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    grant 02/06/2016
    grant 02/06/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Good but runs out of steam"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is great although terribly edited with regular mistakes and repeated phrases not removed. There are 18 hours of coverage of 1939-1942 and then two hours for the rest. The period where the allies were losing is brilliantly described in significant detail but it feels that he realised he had to cram the rest of the war into two hours and rushed it. The sinking of 5 submarines in 24 hours is given 60 seconds.


    What other book might you compare The Battle of the Atlantic to, and why?

    Max Hastings does this better


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    His narration is brilliant as you would expect of one of our best ever broadcasters but some basic editing would have also helped.


    Do you think The Battle of the Atlantic needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Could have been great but seems very unbalanced.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Woody 29/05/2017
    Woody 29/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Poor editing"

    Did no one proof listen to this? Clearly not.
    A terrific performance ruined because whoever produced it did not take out where Jonathan had clearly faltered and started a line again.
    A real shame as it distracted from a cracking book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lee Basingstoke, United Kingdom 21/06/2016
    lee Basingstoke, United Kingdom 21/06/2016
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    "Editing!"

    The book overall was very good and informative with good eye witness accounts. Dimblebys impressions of Roosevelt, Churchill and so on, leave a little to be desired.

    The one poor thing was the editing. There are a number of places where Dimbleby repeats himself as he made an error, at one point actually saying sorry. Also coughing a spluttering in places, surely this could have been edited out!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    timothy davies 25/05/2016
    timothy davies 25/05/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Poorly edited!"
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Enjoyable listen but the editing and continuity has a few glaring mistakes, and Mr Dimbleby's pronunciation of German ranks and terms is somewhat inconsistent!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rob 15/04/2016
    Rob 15/04/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Recording errors"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The book was fine and so was the performance, but there was quite a few repeated bits of takes, which I wouldn't expect in a commercial release.


    What aspect of Jonathan Dimbleby’s performance might you have changed?

    The over use of Latin, which doesn't add anything in my view, particularly if you have to look up what it meant.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 28/01/2018
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    "I learned so much!"

    I have been fascinated by the second world war since I was young and watched those great films with my dad. Living in Liverpool I was well aware of the importance of the Battle of the Atlantic but wanted to learn more. This book was incredible and taught me so much about the most important battle of the war which is so often overlooked.

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    Seawind 28/01/2018
    Seawind 28/01/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "Terrible narration and editing"

    This book is spoiled by the terrible editing and performance. E.g: making mistakes, speeding up , slowing down, terrible accents ( not needed) and don't forget tapping the microphone.

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    Fred 26/12/2017
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    "excellent account of the battle of the Atlantic"

    This is a very good account of the battle of the Atlantic. great performance and full of 1st hand accounts.

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    Anonymous 29/11/2017
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    "Informative, thrilling, heart-breaking"

    This account of Battle of the Atlantic is both deeply fascinating and well-written, by turns looking at the grand strategy of the conflict and the individual stories and personalities that struggled in it.

    The audio recording is slightly marred by inexplicably poor editing, as though it were rushed, but these issues are very occasional indeed.

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    "Strategic Overview"

    This book provides a very good insight to the grand strategic factors impacting the Battle of the Atlantic. For comparable insight to the operational and tactical factors, Black May by Michael Gammon is hard to beat. This provides the best available overview (in my opinion) of perhaps the single most important allied initiative to winning the Battle of the Atlantic - operational research and its intelligent application. It also illustrates the critical importance of coherent doctrine, training, and tactical level leadership. Mr Dimbleby only touches lightly on these topics. This may be nit picking but I think the Battle of the Barents Sea in which Capt Sherbrooke won the VC deserves a more comprehensive treatment than it receives in this book. This does not detract from an excellent overall study, however.

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