Legion of the Damned

  • by Sven Hassel
  • Narrated by Rupert Degas
  • 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Convicted of deserting the German army, Sven Hassel is sent to a penal regiment on the Russian Front. He and his comrades are regarded as expendable, cannon fodder in the battle against the implacable Red Army. Outnumbered and outgunned, they fight their way across the frozen steppe....
This iconic anti-war novel is a testament to the atrocities suffered by the lone soldier in the fight for survival. Sven Hassel's unflinching narrative is based on his own experiences in the German Army. He began writing his first novel, Legion of the Damned, in a prisoner of war camp at the end of the Second World War. Read by Rupert Degas.


Audible Editor Reviews

"An extraordinary book, which has captured the attention of all of Europe" (New York Times)
"Legion of the Damned is an incredible picture of totalitarianism, of stupefying injustice... He is graphic, at times brilliantly so, but never brutal or bitter. He is, too, a first-rate storyteller" (Washington Post)


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A great, literary war novel

There is a certain type of universal, everyman war novel that transcends nationality. While "All Quiet on the Western Front," is considered a literary war classic, I was surprised to find that I liked this book better. For anyone who has read Johnny Got His Gun, The Things they Carried, The Painted Bird or Farewell to Arms, you will find yourself stepping into similar themes. Exhaustion. Torture. Horrors of war. Comedy. Rare, odd bits of humanity. I did not expect this book to be anything better than a general war story, but its actually very well-written and much more literary than I'd expected. The author spices the story with his insights and grudges against war more overtly than in books like Farewell to Arms. After having read so many war books, I don't have high expectations towards encountering new ones. This one really took me by surprise and I loved every minute of it. On top of that, the narrator is superb. Couldn't have found someone more perfect. I will definitely read more books by this author as they come available on audible.
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- Parola138 "We bite"

strayed from the novel

not bad, I grew up reading Sven Hassell, all of them. this story strays from the novel considerably. a bit too much filler and not enough action for me.
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- Bonefish101

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-29-2014
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group