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The Battle of the Atlantic Audiobook

The Battle of the Atlantic: How the Allies Won the War

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Battle of the Atlantic, written and read by Jonathan Dimbleby.

The Battle of the Atlantic was - though often overlooked - crucial to victory in the Second World War. If the German U-boats had prevailed, the maritime artery across the Atlantic would have been severed. Mass hunger would have consumed Britain, and the Allied armies would have been prevented from joining in the invasion of Europe. There would have been no D-Day.

Through fascinating contemporary diaries and letters from the leaders and from the sailors on all sides, Jonathan Dimbleby creates a thrilling narrative that uniquely places the campaign in the context of the entire Second World War.

Challenging conventional wisdom on the use of intelligence and on Churchill's bombing campaign, The Battle of the Atlantic tells the epic story of the decisions that led to victory and the horror and humanity of life on those perilous seas.

©2015 Jonathan Dimbleby (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

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    Peter Gray 16/06/2016
    Peter Gray 16/06/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "A great account ruined by some bad editing"

    Jonathan Dimbleby is an accomplished historian who has researched the subject well. The audio book is spoiled by misreadings and corrections which have been left in instead of being edited out. There are also several references to other pages which are entirely inappropriate to an audio book.

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  • Paul J Day
    29/01/16
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    "Brilliant but faulty editing"

    Really interesting book and very well read. Especially interesting were the personal stories.

    However, the recording has at least 2 sections where sections were left in where Jonathan makes a mistake, apologised then restarts the reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • grant
    2/06/16
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    "Good but runs out of steam"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is great although terribly edited with regular mistakes and repeated phrases not removed. There are 18 hours of coverage of 1939-1942 and then two hours for the rest. The period where the allies were losing is brilliantly described in significant detail but it feels that he realised he had to cram the rest of the war into two hours and rushed it. The sinking of 5 submarines in 24 hours is given 60 seconds.


    What other book might you compare The Battle of the Atlantic to, and why?

    Max Hastings does this better


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    His narration is brilliant as you would expect of one of our best ever broadcasters but some basic editing would have also helped.


    Do you think The Battle of the Atlantic needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Could have been great but seems very unbalanced.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • lee
    Basingstoke, United Kingdom
    21/06/16
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    "Editing!"

    The book overall was very good and informative with good eye witness accounts. Dimblebys impressions of Roosevelt, Churchill and so on, leave a little to be desired.

    The one poor thing was the editing. There are a number of places where Dimbleby repeats himself as he made an error, at one point actually saying sorry. Also coughing a spluttering in places, surely this could have been edited out!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • timothy davies
    25/05/16
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    "Poorly edited!"
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Enjoyable listen but the editing and continuity has a few glaring mistakes, and Mr Dimbleby's pronunciation of German ranks and terms is somewhat inconsistent!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rob
    15/04/16
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    "Recording errors"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The book was fine and so was the performance, but there was quite a few repeated bits of takes, which I wouldn't expect in a commercial release.


    What aspect of Jonathan Dimbleby’s performance might you have changed?

    The over use of Latin, which doesn't add anything in my view, particularly if you have to look up what it meant.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • qwerty
    3/12/16
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    "An expanse of story to match the Atlantic itself"

    erudite and revealing. Told with passion and marked with a reasonable amount of research. I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to get a rounded view of the conflict. For myself I would wish it longer and even more detailed. I could have gone on listening much longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elaine
    Hospital, Ireland
    5/11/16
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    "superb!!"

    Balanced. Informed. Informative. I learned a lot, in particular on how the atlantic supply routes fitted into the overall strategic map of the war.
    Read in a charming, sligthly idiosyncratic and mildly manic fashion by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    24/05/16
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    "Good but more politics than 'on the water'"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Battle of the Atlantic to be better than the print version?

    Yes, for listening in the car. The quality is patchy as there are a number of 're-recordings' left in the audio, and the levels vary between Jonathan's recording sessions. Could do with a final edit and balancing out.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrative itself is tilted strongly towards the politician's perspective of the battle. I'd say 55% White House/Downing Street/Berlin, 35% on the water and 10% implications of the battle. Rather too much of the political back and forth for me; though it is a vital part of the story, I would rather have had the politics/water proportions reversed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve V
    17/04/16
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    "Important subject with minor flaws"
    If you could sum up The Battle of the Atlantic in three words, what would they be?

    This is an important subject that has obviously been well researched and documented. That said this audiobook is marred by poor attention to detail in the editing. The author's strengths are more biased towards the research and writing, the narration improved when he settled on one way of pronouncing some German words.
    Criticisms are minor, this is a book that deserves attention and focuses a light on an often forgotten battle and those mariners who fought both an enemy and the ocean unrecognised for so long in both war and peace.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Luke Temple
    London, England
    5/04/16
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    "Superb book, let down by poor editing."

    Superbly written & narrated, let down by appalling editing - there are coughs, repetitions and background noise

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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