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What made the experience of listening to The Siege of Leningrad: History in an Hour the most enjoyable?
good historical perspective
Who was your favorite character and why?
What aspect of Jonathan Keeble’s performance would you have changed?
put the north front in the perspective of the whole barbarosa operation
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
hunger in the former capital
Would you listen to The Siege of Leningrad: History in an Hour again? Why?
Yes, I would listen to this again. One reason is general: remembering details from audio books is more difficult that reading and so revisiting can be very helpful for remembering dates, names etc. The other is more specific: despite the harrowing events visited upon the citizens of Leningrad, reports of their stoicism are heart-warming. It makes you wonder how you'd bear up under similar conditions.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Siege of Leningrad: History in an Hour?
Reports of the often unceremonious disposal of the remains of loved ones and, more alarmingly reports of cannibalism due to hunger really stuck out. Without ever having suffered such hardship, one shouldn't rush to judgement.
Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favourite?
Being a history book, the word 'character' does not mean the same as in, say, novels. Dmitri Shostakovich, who wrote the Leningrad Symphony certainly stands out. Many others also stand out for less honourable features such as incompetence and cruelty.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
...in war, don't expect help to arrive any day soon...
Any additional comments?
I find Jonathan Keeble a very suitable narrator for such historical books as this. He brings a necessary gravitas to the project.
No better story than a real-life story. Well written, well performed, very graphic and gripping. Good piece of history in a very short - perfect introductory for further study.