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"This is a book of horrors, and should be left alone by those prone to nightmares. Sven Hassel's descriptions of the atrocities committed by both sides are the most horrible indictments of war I have ever read ... A great war novel!" (Alan Silitoe)
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Summary

Stationed on the Russian Front and now equipped with armoured vehicles, Sven Hassel and his comrades from the 27th Penal Regiment fight on remorselessly... All of them should be dead: Life expectancy on the Russian Front is measured in weeks. But Sven, Porta, Tiny and The Legionnaire fight to the end, not for Germany, not for Hitler, but for survival. Wheels of Terror is a sobering depiction of war's brutalities, and the violence and inhumanity that the history books leave out. Read by Rupert Degas.
©1959 Sven Hassel (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group
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4 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 18-01-15

More sophisticated than I expected.

I picked this up on a whim because I vaguely remembered a friend at Sixth Form raving about Sven Hassel's books. I wasn't expecting much but partly thanks to the excellent narration of Rupert Degas this turned out to be a very good read indeed.

It follows the story of a group of soldiers in a German penal regiment, the absolute canon fodder in Hitler's army. It's to the credit of the author and narrator that I was able to sympathise with what in many ways is a thoroughly dis-likable crew.

This is done by emphasising the trully awful conditions and plight of normal German soldiers in Hitler's army faced with the Russian Front. Some of what happens is genuinely heartbreaking but the roughneck humour and black hearted camaraderie of the group that Degas brings to life through Hassel's text provides blackly humorous moments of light relief too.

I will look out for more . . .

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5 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 10-07-14

unforgetably brilliant

What made the experience of listening to Wheels of Terror the most enjoyable?

I read the book as a much younger man, as indeed I read all of Sven Hassels utterly brilliant books.

What did you like best about this story?

All aspects of the whole story

What does Rupert Degas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

By giving each of these likeable roughs a distinctive accent and voice, he really brings the characters to life, The ideal man for the job.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Certain aspects of the book are heartbreaking, other parts are hilarious. The whole story is an emotional rollercoaster.

Any additional comments?

I am thoroughly delighted that Sven Hassel has at long last been brought into the audible book world. I can't wait for the rest of the works of Sven Hassel to appear in my audible library. Keep up the good work.

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5 out of 5 stars
By C on 23-06-16

excellent!

If only there were more! I have been a fan of the books for years, but to hear it brought to life like that, outstanding!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Tracey on 16-06-14

terror

What would have made Wheels of Terror better?

the reader is very monotone and boring

What do you think your next listen will be?

st kilda blues the book and reader are very good

What didn’t you like about Rupert Degas’s performance?

all the charactors sound the same no varying of story to bring them to life

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

maybe if narrated by a good reader

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