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Total War

From Stalingrad to Berlin
Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
Categories: History, Second World War
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 The powerful story of the Red Army's battle of liberation against the Nazi invader - from Stalingrad all the way to Berlin. 

In February 1943, German forces surrendered to the Red Army at Stalingrad, and the tide of war turned. By May 1945 Soviet soldiers had stormed Berlin and brought down Hitler's regime. 

Total War follows the fortunes of these fighters as they liberated Russia and the Ukraine from the Nazi invader and fought their way into the heart of the Reich. It reveals the horrors they experienced - the Holocaust, genocide and the mass murder of Soviet POWs - and shows the Red Army, brutalised by war, taking its terrible revenge on the German civilian population. 

For the first time, Russian veterans are candid about the terrible atrocities their own army committed. But they also describe their struggle to raise themselves from the abyss of hatred. Their war against the Nazis - which in large part brought the Second World War in Europe to an end - is a tarnished but deeply moving story of sacrifice and redemption.  

©2011 Michael Jones (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited
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  • Colin
  • 29-08-2018

Excellent history, great narration, worth it

Among my library I have no less than 50 WWII books of all types and from all perspectives, however the Eastern Front (especially as told by the Red Army) are an unfortunately uncommon type of audiobook - this book does a fine job covering that. My only regret is that it is not longer.

I took little to no issue with the narration. Yeah, it might be a little cheesy when the narrator is speaking for a child or girl, but what can you expect? I found him to be great in all other respects, certainly NOT a deal killer for what a great story it has to tell. I fully intend on getting the other two Eastern Front audiobooks from Michael Jones as soon as I have the credits.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-02-2020

Great audiobook

This is a fascinating book, perfect for audio. Many mornings I couldn’t get out of my car because I was enthralled by to story. Liberation of Auschwitz was particularly moving. If you have ANY interest in WW2 you MUST read this book.

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  • William R. Todd-Mancillas (Name includes hyphen and camptalized M)
  • 11-08-2018

Excellent history, fatally flawed narration

I wanted very much to listen to this book. Concerns an extremely important take on ww2. Unfortunately, narration is poor: narrator drops voice at end of sentences. Last few words just incomprehensible murmur.

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  • Evelyn O'Connor
  • 18-08-2018

Eastern Front in Perspective

This is a hugely impressive and beautifully presented piece of research. The excerpts from the diaries and letters of Russian soldiers present a very moving and harrowing account of the day to day realities of war. From my point of view, it was a welcome perspective from the western orientated accounts of the Second World War, with which I am familiar. Beautifully read, I was riveted from start to finish. Highly recommended

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  • S. Moorcroft
  • 20-07-2018

Harrowing

Harrowing and comprehensive survey of the Russian army's fight from Stalingrad to Berlin. presents the suffering of Red Army soldiers and moves the narrative away from the 'robotic fighting machine /vengeance seeking Asiatic hordes' or, currently unfashionable,' socialist liberators, ' to provide a well rounded and humane portrait of men facing indescribable horror.

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  • B. Lawrenson
  • 31-10-2018

Grotesque bloody War.

A very different perspective of the stereotype Russian soilders we are used to. It shows the human face of the Russian soldiers with the letters home to their wives,parents etc.

The retreating Germans left a scorched earth policy with nothing left standing for the defeated civilians to survive the winter.

The Germans actually set up concentration camps of Russian civilians infected them with typhus and left them to be rescued by the advancing Russian soldiers hoping the Russian Army would become infected.

The liberation of The Auschwitz Concentration Camp is one of the most harrowing listening I have heard. It is hard to comprehend the sheer brutality that the German soldiers had towards there beaten foes, not stopping until the end of the war

A very well researched book which makes it possible to understand the revenge that the Russians unleashed on the German population.

Reap as you shall sow.


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  • Philip
  • 12-04-2020

Think you know about the war?

Think again. Listen to the last 2 minutes (literally the last 2 minutes) and you'll see why. Our generation has no idea ... no idea at all.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-12-2019

Fascinating to learn the Soviet viewpoint.

A real eye opener and explains so much about Soviet attitudes toward Germany and I think even policy toward the West later during the cold war and perhaps even how Russia sees the world today. A story of staggering suffering, bravery and humanity.

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  • Stephen
  • 16-01-2019

the other side

A truely gripping account of the Russian version of events not often heard I could not stop listening

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  • A
  • 04-09-2018

Amazing insight.

A real eye opener of a book. Gives a Russian perspective on so many key points in the war, with a heart wrenching focal point. The choice of narrator isn't always convincing for the people he portrays, a white middle class man doesn't always play the part of a Red Army privet very well!

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