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Where does The Marne, 1914 rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?
It is a strong entry on an operational level of World War I history. There are many excellent books on the First World War, but many of them deal with cause and effect - what started the war and how it ended. Books such as The Guns of August and Paris 1919 are superb in this respect. But there care few books that deal with World War I at the operational level of a specific battle or battles and this one covers the Battle of the Marne quite well.
I especially liked author Holger H. Herwig's descriptions of color. World War I is known as mainly a black and white war. There are very few color photos available and Herwig does a fine job in describing the colors of the war, for example, the uniforms. It gives you a unique visual sense of the war that other books do not.
One reviewer noted the unwelcome reading all the footnotes. While I agree that it can be a bit distracting at times, I do not feel it is enough to detract from the strong narrative.
The Marne, 1914 is a welcome addition to the field of World War I histories.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
What did you like about this audiobook?
I could not finish listening to this audio book. While the story itself is clearly compelling, the rubbish narrator utterly ruins it.
How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?
For me, this kind of subject matter doesn't work as an audio book. It is hard stuff. Perhaps if I could not read and had no alternative, I would go for it. Otherwise, no.
Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?
Good background and description of events leading up to the war.
What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?
The narrator mispronounces people's names and places. And he pronounces the same place different ways (like Alsace). It utterly ruins the narrative, and complicates any further research one might care to make. I finally tore my headphones off in disgust.
Do you have any additional comments?
Get a refund from the narrator and have someone else do it. Who vets these narrators out, anyway? Shame on them.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Unfortunately what was undoubtedly a well written and comprehensive study of this important battle was ruined by the continued mispronunciations by the American narrator. He had obviously studied some of the French pronunciations of people but most of the place names were almost unrecognisable. This was a continued distraction from trying to concentrate on the important troop movements and picturing them as they were on the map. Can we please have our history in English and not American?
7 of 8 people found this review helpful