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Excellent book for WWI history buffs and especially those interested in Australian battles.
Written in the present tense and using the words commonly found in the author's research. The narrator brings the book to life with an exceptional zest! If you aren't familiar with this beautiful French town and the devastation of war just enter the name in 'search.' Considering the many Audible books I have about WWI and specific battles, this is by far one of the best . . . definitely recommr!
The third in a series about the Anzacs in World War I, the author brings those men and the war they fought to life and fully relevant to today. it was so good, detailed, and sourced that I couldn't help reading it again. It is history as history should be- a story that inspires and informs.
Where does Victory at Villers-Bretonneux rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
An excellent historical narrative of the Australian contribution to the Western Front in World War 1.
What did you like best about this story?
The sheer volume of historical detail.
What didn’t you like about Robert Meldrum’s performance?
I couldn't stand the occasional shouting. There's really no need for it even if the author has added an exclamation mark outside of the quotes.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
The pre- and post chapter music is extremely irritating.
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
Much as I enjoyed some of the detailed research. the strengths of the book were more than undermined by the simplistic nationalism expressed by Fitzsimons who laced the narrative with his republican views at every opportunity. The result is a book well suited for those that believe that Australians are in some way endowed with innate super human characteristics.
What could Peter FitzSimons have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
The book would have benefitted greatly from a far more balanced perspective.
Would you be willing to try another one of Robert Meldrum’s performances?
This is not the best Meldrum performance, but it was ok. I certainly wouldn't say no to listening to other readings, but would not consider another Meldrum/FitzSimons team effort.