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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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Grim, ruthless and real.

Another brilliant book and another btilliant performance. Provides an epic account of the battle, riddled with personal caveats and thoughtful muses - gripping until the last chapter on an entirely personal level - even the stories of the Sixth Army are hard to bear.

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interesting story about stalingrad and the orator gave a good performance. I'd recommend the book

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Outstandingly detailed and horrific.

I wanted to hear this book to get a full account of Nazi Germany getting the bloody nose at the hands of the Russians in WWII. Instead what I got was a full realisation of the scale and brutality on both sides. Not a stone unturned in this gripping book, the politics, battle details and human testimonies are fully explained and detailed in a way that was not overwhelming but immersed you in the full horror of the campaign.

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Epic, Harrowing and Visceral

Beevor captures the desperate fight for Stalingrad in this epic account of human suffering, following the stories of the hapless front line troops on both sides of the Volga. Tales of human degredation, valour and cruelty are forged with the grand narrative of the conflict in the Ostfront.

Expertly written and narrated, Stalingrad is a must listen.

"Animals flee this hell; the hardest stones can not bear it for long; only men endure."

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A disturbing but essential account of Stalingrad<br />

This book opened up the horrors of war to me. Detailed and very disturbing account.

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Astonishing

What a truly harrowing account of the battle for Stallingrad...the truth beautifully read.
The story unfolds a fast (edge of your seat) pace.. highly recommended.

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Totally amazing and insightful

This is truly a gem where historical accounts of Stalingrad is concerned.

The writing is so descriptive that you begin to feel the despair and pain of the trapped German soldiers, but equally the pure joy of the Russian victors.

Having been a soldier for many years I understand the folly of war, or the pain of terrible leadership, but this book shows how blessed we are in this day and age.

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  • PT
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  • 21-06-18

I'm no history buff - but this was great

it takes a bit of getting used to the technicalities of different German and Russian divisions, but this story is well told by author and reader

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  • Rishi Tiwari
  • 07-05-18

A blow by blow account

I doubt that anyone could “enjoy” this book. There is so much misery in every line that gloom takes over very soon. But after a while one becomes numb to so much violence very much like Michael Bay’s movies.

I often zoned out while listening to it and missed a lot of things being said. However often I found myself brooding over the fate and demise of these strangers who died decades ago in lands that I have never seen.

I was eagerly awaiting the end of the book. I don’t know whether it is the prowess of the author that, just like the soldiers of that unfortunate battle waited for the end, made me impatient to hear the end of this misery or I got simply got lost in the names, ranks, regiments and dates.

The narrator is very good and he did justice to the book.

This book will make you terribly sad.

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  • sindre
  • 20-11-18

read it

absolutely riveting in every aspect, unusually well narrated which brings you into Bevers phenomenal writing with gusto

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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