Sorted By Most Useful
By Amazon Customer on 03-12-18
I’ve always found the first world world confusing. This pacy overview clarified much of my confusion and also presented useful information about the Eastern Front which is often overlooked by U.K. accounts of the conflict. I listened to it over the course of two days - it was riveting, never dull or overly technical. Well worth a listen.
By Andyjn on 10-07-17
A good book
This book is a quick and informative introduction to the First World War. A good listen
By Pippa Lamb on 11-02-13
Terrible narration - far too fast
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
No, impossible to listen to being read at that speed.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Totally ruined it.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, definitely not, couldn't finish it because the narration was so exhausting.
By James on 04-07-13
A masterpiece of concise writing
Norman Stone's history of the events leading up to the First World War and the course of the war itself is a masterpiece, selecting the core facts but at the same time taking in the whole sweep of the war. The only theatre not covered is Africa, but then that was a sideshow. His judgement of British generals is perhaps harsh; the British Army was essentially a colonial army and had it not been for the work of Haldane and Gen Haig in the years leading up to the war it would have been even less prepared for a campaign in Europe. Although Foch was made supreme Cmdr, it was the British Army which finally broke the back of the Germans on the Western front.