• Forgotten Voices of the Great War

  • By: Max Arthur
  • Narrated by: Richard Bebb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In 1960, the Imperial War Museum began a momentous task. A team of academics, archivists and volunteers set about tracing ordinary men and women who had lived through one of the most harrowing periods of modern history, the First World War. Veterans were interviewed in details about their day-to-day experiences, on and off the front. The project has since grown to be the most important archive of its kind in the world, and provides a unique account of life during the Great War.

Forty years on, the Imperial War Museum gave author Max Arthur and his team of researchers unlimited access to the complete WWI tapes. These are the forgotten voices of an entire generation of survivors of the Great War. The resulting audiobook is an important and compelling history of WWI, in the words of those who experienced it.This collection includes:

  • The Opening Shots: August 1914 - April 1915
  • From Ypres to Gallipoli: April 1915 - June 1916
  • The Somme and back to Ypres: July 1916 - July 1917
  • The Struggle to Victory: August 1917 - November 1918
©2002 Max Arthur & The Imperial War Museum (P)2003 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Matthew
  • 08-07-14

Astounding listen

Where does Forgotten Voices of the Great War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I am a new member, this is my first book downloaded. I first read this book many years ago, but am completly in awe, listening to the actual veterans first hand accounts really brings home the true reality, of the worst conflict in living history. Chaper 30 by George Ashusrt is particually poingant, as he relives Christmas day, Ypres, 1914, in the trenches.

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No favourite

What about Richard Bebb’s performance did you like?

Richard Bedd was outstanding

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  • M. Ashurst
  • 10-04-18

Devastating and sobering.

Brilliant. Tragic. Heart -breaking. Inspiring. An incredible generation to whom we owe so much gratitude.

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  • Tsarina
  • 02-02-21

superb

superb audio of the book, in the survivors' voices with a narrator for the chapter arcs. recommended

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  • Brian Marriott
  • 04-09-18

Haunting accounts

What did you like most about Forgotten Voices of the Great War?

So hard to imagine the mind set differences between Generals and ordinary foot soldiers.
Scary times , makes you thankful to have NOT been born around this time .

What was one of the most memorable moments of Forgotten Voices of the Great War?

Soldiers accounts are scary , sometimes funny but mainly scary.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The whole book as one

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Class war .

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The difference between classes at the turn of the century is remarkable. So glad it doesn’t exist to that degree today .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-17-22

exceptional

Amazing listen. Heartbreaking yet inspiring. We all owe respect to everyone who participated in the great war.

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  • davie mac
  • 04-25-22

Lest we forget

I would have liked it better if there was more Scottish and Irish mentioned

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  • Perry
  • 11-08-20

Compulsory listening...moving beyond words

I have had this Audio book for sometime together with the book. I began listening this morning (remembrance Sunday 2020) whilst walking on a misty quiet morning.

I am just through to Part 2 and moved beyond words. The real spoken testimony of WW1 veterens (all now long dead) gives a resonance to the abhorance of this pointless war that written words never can.

Audible should make this available free to all humanity to listen and realise the inhumanity of war and the hopeless humanity trying to prevail throughout the war.

I will listen to this until it finishes and weep with these forgotten voices - British, German and allies - as my gesture towards ensuring they are never forgotten.

RIP all of you...

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  • Sophie Wills
  • 08-02-20

Can't recommend this enough!

Superbly written and narrated, with very moving and interesting accounts from the men who survived to tell their tale.

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  • pafctadg
  • 07-12-20

fantastic

fantastic book, great to hear so many sad and enjoyable stories from so many brave men

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  • Mr Jason Noble
  • 05-26-20

great stories

it was special to hear from many now departed soldiers who fought in the great war.
it's hard to put into words what these men and women went through in the trenches some doing for 4 whole years.

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  • gideon.matthews
  • 10-21-16

Wow!!!

Listening to the actual voices of those soldiers that were part of this terrible episode in human history is unbelievable! Their accounts and thoughts, built in order with the historical events makes this audio book one of a kind.

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  • Liss & Pen
  • 12-30-20

An Invaluable Resource

The firsthand accounts give a perspective and humanity to the war that statistics and general facts cannot. From men in the trenches, pilots, artillery men, officers and women at home, this compilation of stories is guaranteed to stay with you. Must read.
Note: a background knowledge of the main offensives and locations could be useful, or a map to reference while listening.