Battle

  • by John Toland
  • Narrated by Dan Butler
  • 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Battle: The Story of the Bulge, John Toland's first work of military history, recounts the saga of beleaguered American troops as they resisted Hitler's deadly counter offensive in World War II's Battle of the Bulge - and turned it into an Allied victory. It is a gripping work, painstakingly researched and imbued with such vivid detail that listeners will feel as though they themselves witnessed these events. This is a book not to be missed by anyone interested in this tumultuous era of our world's history.

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Would you listen to Battle again? Why?

Mr Toland needs congratulations on what is a great read. So well researched and animated in a way many popular historians have not been able to do with such skill. I know the battle well (Soldier for 23 years), and who has ever done Staff College without the 'Bulge'.American arms growing up and entering world history with thunder and courage. It was a great battle and has never been praised enough for the shear courage and professionalism of American Armies. For that is what we are talking about, a clash of titanic proportion and infantry losses 3x that of the Eastern Front. Again, well done Mr Toland I would love to chat with you one day on certain points, but if you are a history buff and want a story to tell the 'Spartans' this is the one to get. (And and I apologize for the crass and churlish out pourings from Field Marshal Montgomery bringing shame to so many British Tommie's who bled and died next to their American brothers)


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- Joseph "52, retired soldier and surgeon. Teach Combat Surgery and Military History and hold the rank of Brigadier. Lost wife, love dogs, ski to fast"

Amateurish narration, and a frustrating experience

Most history is told top-down—giving the reader an overview, then more detail, then another overview, then more detail. "Battle," however, never really re-orients the listener with the perspective necessary to understand exactly what's going on. It's told like a collection of independent vignettes—episodic, and not well connected—like a series of isolated incidents, lacking in cohesive structure.

Furthermore, unless the listener has a fairly detailed map of Germany and Belgium in his head, there's little guidance as to where the action is, or which direction it's headed. There simply isn't enough geographical or strategic detail to help the listener get a handle on why things happened as they did.

Unfortunately, Dan Butler's narration does nothing to improve this. His constant pausing mid-phrase makes it clear he has minimal comprehension of what he's reading. The resulting lack of continuity renders the story quite difficult to follow—and even more difficult to care about. At some level, I'm sympathetic to Mr. Butler's apparent lack of experience, but this is a huge assignment, given his level of talent—and it's clear he's bitten off way more than he can chew.
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- Scott "No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-18-2014
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.