• The Last Battle

  • When US and German Soldiers Joined Forces in the Waning Hours of World War II in Europe
  • Di: Stephen Harding
  • Letto da: Joe Barrett
  • Durata: 7 ore e 11 min
  • Versione integrale Audiolibro
  • Categorie: Storia, Militare

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Sintesi dell'editore

May 1945. Hitler is dead, and the Third Reich is little more than smoking rubble. No GI wants to be the last man killed in action against the Nazis. But for cigar-chewing, rough-talking, hard-drinking, hard-charging Captain Jack Lee and his men, there is one more mission: rescue 14 prominent French prisoners held in an SS-guarded castle high in the Austrian Alps. It's a dangerous mission, but Lee has help from a decorated German Wehrmacht officer and his men, who voluntarily join the fight.

Based on personal memoirs, author interviews, and official American, German, and French histories, The Last Battle is the nearly unbelievable story of the most improbable battle of World War II - a tale of unlikely allies, bravery, cowardice, and desperate combat between implacable enemies.

©2013 Stephen Harding (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Reggie
  • 23/09/2017

A Maddening Book

What disappointed you about The Last Battle?

This is not a bad book. At times it does feel like Harding's pay was based on how many stock, trite war phrases he could work into the narrative, but stale verbiage aside it's not a poorly written book. My displeasure is with the choice he made to introduce all the players in this drama, through evidently well-researched biographical sketches, prior to the battle referenced in the title. We don't get a whiff of the battle until nearly the end of the book. Again, that choice does not make this a bad book, but it did make me really dislike it. It is a heavily researched book, but the pedantic details show up at odd times, giving this strange and almost surreal, human drama the feel of an old-school, names-and-dates antiquarian history. I wish he had gone the other way, allowing himself to speculate more on the human drama; the prison lives of these political foes locked together as VIP POWS. But Harding's discipline is firm, and we get the facts as they have been recorded. The actual battle, which takes place in the final 1/5 of the book feels largely anticlimactic. Acts of bravery and betrayal accompany scenes of comedy and tragedy, but they are fleeting and fail to land fully.I can't recommend this book, but if you're okay listening to a story structured like I've described, you may love it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen Harding again?

I would give it a shot, sure.

Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Joel Langenfeld
  • 28/10/2013

Write the book, THEN the screenplay.

This book as a screenplay, which may have been at the back of the author's mind. There are a couple of themes you could work with - the continuum of loyalism, especially after the death of Hitler is one, how to best arrange for one's personal destiny if you know you're going to be on the losing side is another.

Ironically, the author spends much more time fleshing out the portrayal of the detainees and various German/Austrian notables. It could be he couldn't resist the thought of forcing the swashbuckling tank commander into a yankee stereotype, best introduced in a headlong rush of action.

There are the makings of a much better narrative than that which was told. Ultimately disappointing. A popular history written by someone hoping the screenplay gets picked up.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 5012690528
  • 13/03/2018

Great story - weird performance.

The work by Harding is top notch--a thoroughly researched, well-written story. However, I have never heard an audiobook where the narrator takes on a foreign accent. He feigned a French accent (while speaking English, mind you) when reading direct quotes from French characters, a German accent for German characters, etc. That was an odd stylistic choice.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • JonF
  • 15/11/2020

A fantastic story of an unbelievable event

This is a wonderful story about fascinating people united under improbable circumstances. while the battle of Schloss Itter is a footnote in the history of WWII, it's impact went on to shape the face of the post war world. this entertaining narrative introduces you to all of the participants and their unlikely paths to the battle. the battle itself is almost stranger than fiction!

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Pastor Ken
  • 18/07/2021

Historical

Very interesting information concerning a single event at the end of World War 2. Learning the names and places involved in the event made the story come alive for me. Highly recommend this book to everyone with an interest in rare glimpses into little known moments in history.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Heatherh
  • 24/04/2021

The darndest thing

Been struggling to finish books in this pandemic world. listened to this straight through.

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • William R. Todd-Mancillas (Name includes hyphen and camptalized M)
  • 15/04/2021

Trouble getting started; then ok

Narration is a bit slow but otherwise fine.

Much too much backstory, perhaps 40% of story.

It is the battle itself which is most interesting and therefore warrants the lions share of attention. Yet the author devotes several hours describing the life histories of the principals. This too much. ‘Get on with it! ‘ I say. A bit of this information is informative, but “Enough already!

The fight descriptions are interesting and well told. Just too bad one has to wade through so much backstory to get there.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • reginleif
  • 28/01/2021

informative

this was a part of history I never knew existed! so informative! a must read for history lovers! I liked learning what happened to everyone after the war.

  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 12/12/2020

Obnoxious, repetitive and unimaginative.

The author likes calling everyone not tall “diminutive” in a very uncalled way and not related to the story in anyway.

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Eric Button
  • 21/10/2020

Not Bad, but Bland

It's not a bad book. It's just very uninteresting. Like other people have said, it's 99% exposition and biographies of everyone named. I think maybe 15 or 20 minutes focused on the actual fighting.

If you want to learn about this without going through 8.5 hours of exposition, just look it up on Youtube. A 15 minute video will give you all you're probably interested in.

If instead you're reading this for research, not entertainment, then I could recommend it. If you want entertainment, go to Youtube.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Rossano Nocera
  • 16/05/2020

Gripping story

Superbly narrated, gripping story and fascinating subject.
Was hooked and couldn’t wait to keep listening. Really engaging real life story and great narration.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 10/11/2018

excellent

people can join sides when times are desperate whether you have different options against a common foe.