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Passchendaele

A New History
Narrated by: Mark Elstob
Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Passchendaele by Nick Lloyd, read by Mark Elstob.

Between July and November 1917, in a small corner of Belgium, more than 500,000 men were killed or maimed, gassed or drowned - and many of the bodies were never found. The Ypres offensive represents the modern impression of the First World War: splintered trees, water-filled craters, muddy shell-holes.

The climax was one of the worst battles of both world wars: Passchendaele. The village fell eventually, only for the whole offensive to be called off. But, as Nick Lloyd shows, notably through previously unexamined German documents, it put the Allies nearer to a major turning point in the war than we have ever imagined.

©2017 Nick Lloyd (P)2017 Penguin AudioBooks

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  • Rick Day
  • Winchester, Hampshire, England
  • 04-04-19

Underwhelming at best

Narrator - Not bad but his accents are terrible. started off a minor issue but by the end of the book they are downright annoying.

Book - Underwhelming bordering on disappointing. The analysis of his supposedly new German material is thin and unworthy of an academic of the Authors pedigree. I was also annoyed by how easily he resorts to 1950's esque General bashing. Feels like a cheap shot at Haigue in particular and he fundamentally fails to lend any consideration to just how difficult his job was.

To be quite honest this book feels like it was written for one purpose only - to make the author money, not to further develop our understanding of this key battle. This book, I suspect, will be of little historical significance.

I don't think i will be buying more of his books.

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  • Tommo47
  • Northants England
  • 05-04-18

Passchendaele’s part in history fully researched

This is a great piece of work which comprehensively covers the most gruesome battle of WW1. All the more impressive by being written 100 years after the event.
The narration was clear and appropriate to the subject, although I did wince at his ‘foreign ‘ accents .

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a very good book<br />

A very good book on a difficult subject when a new point of view given