• Stalingrad

  • The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943
  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (632 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In August 1942, an overconfident Adolf Hitler would attempt to invade Stalin's namesake city on the Volga. The battle of Stalingrad is extraordinary in every way: the triumphant invader fought to a standstill; then the Soviet trap sprung, surrounding their attackers; and the terrible siege, with Germans starving and freezing, forced to fight on by a disbelieving Hitler. Now Antony Beevor tells the story as it has never been told before, recounting the strategic brilliance and fatal flaws of the notorious generals, while telling the incredible tale from a soldier's-eye view. The author incorporates Russian reports on desertions and executions that have never been seen by Western scholars, German transcripts of prisoner interrogations, and private letters and diaries to re-create the human drama of the most terrible battle in modern warfare.

&169; Antony Beevor; (P) and ©1998 Penguin AudioBooks
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Critic Reviews

"A fantastic and sobering story...fully and authoritatively told." (The New York Times)

"Stalingrad's heart-piercing tragedy needed a chronicler with acute insight into human nature as well as the forces of history. Antony Beevor is that historian." (The Wall Street Journal)

"Easily the most complete and objective picture of the battle's scale and ferocity that American readers have ever read." (Dallas Morning News)

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Audible! Pls provide Michael Tudor Barnes

There are two versions of the book floating around.
This one, is abridged and is VERY poorly read. The inflection, the cynicism, etc are ALL gone.

The one by Michael Tudor Barnes is unabridged is lively and excellent to listen.

Audible needs to provide that version.

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Wouldn't have minded unabridged version

The story of the war between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union on the Ostfront is itself so incredible and full of extremes of human experience on a scale that most modern people can't comprehend, that even a dry historic account will still hit you in the gut. Beevor's writing certainly is a bit dry (as is the audiobook narration), but he conveys the triumphant hubris of the the German war machine as it grinds through an ill-prepared Soviet Army hampered by its own paranoid leader, the desperate fight-to-the-death brutality of the siege of Stalingrad, the last Russian stronghold before the Volga, the monstrosity of two totalitarian states willing to sacrifice millions of their own citizens to their authority, and finally, the collapse of the German army before a population that it could kill vast numbers of, but not defeat.

Beevor is sympathetic enough to soldiers on both sides, and besides the requisite facts and figures, there are plenty of episodes of heroism from individual Russians and Germans, as well as bad decisions and senseless waste of life. All in all, it was a tragic but page-turning reminder to me of just how little we Americans really know about war and the price that's paid for "uncompromising" leaders.

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There are probably more detailed and/or engagingly written accounts of World War Two's Eastern Front, but this book contains a perfectly readable history for anyone looking for a place to start. (PS. If you're still hungry for a fantastic, listenable account of the Ostfront, look up Dan Carlin's "Hardcore History" podcast.)

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Abridged.

After reading the complete version I thought this might be worth a listen but it leaves way to much pertinent information to the way side. However the paper version is excellent.

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Wish there was unabridged version!

Fantastic story of an incredible battle! Details of life in such desperate times are insane.

Loved the chapter about Christmas in Stalingrad and how soldiers made things for each other in a desperate attempt to celebrate in such horrific circumstances.

Recording is poor and sounds like I’m listening through a wall...wish there was more content than just 8 hours.

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An excellent book spoiled by a bad narrator

Antony Bevor is an excellent author.
His books are straight from troops and need to be read as such.
However the narrator seems to have other ideas. He reads the book as if it were a classic novel instead of the urgency and down-to-ground level viewpoint.
One more good book spoiled by a bad narrator.
Sadly, i guess Audible never learns the lesson or never listens to its customers.

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Abridged

This Amazon audible version of Stalingrad by Antony Beevor narrated by George Guidall is abbreviated. An unabridged version narrated by Michael Tudor Barnes exists and perhaps could be made available for the Kindle book by Amazon.

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Abridged

My mistake, Thought it was unabridged. Too short, too much missing. Beevor is obviously fantastic. The audio quality is not wonderful either.

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Abridged not noted

The description of this Audible does not describe that it is an abridged recording. So beware. Very disappointed.

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Very good account

Despite being an abridged book, the listener is treated to an engaging account of the battle of Stalingrad. The book is short but I didn't feel short-changed.

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Excellent. Flows beautifully.

Such excellent descriptions of landscape and vivid details of individuals creates an audible book that’s easy to follow and easy to understand given the depth and scope of the battle.

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