Summary

The most terrible emergency in Britain's history, the Second World War, required an unprecedented national effort. An exhausted country had to fight an unexpectedly long war and found itself much diminished amongst the victors.
The outcome of the war was nonetheless a triumph, not least for a political system that proved well adapted to the demands of a total conflict and for a population who had to make many sacrifices but who were spared most of the horrors experienced in the rest of Europe.
Britain's War is a narrative of these epic events, an analysis of the myriad factors that shaped military success and failure, and an explanation of what the war tells us about the history of modern Britain. As compelling on the major military events as he is on the experience of ordinary people living through exceptional times, Todman suffuses his extraordinary book with a vivid sense of a struggle which left nobody unchanged - and explores why, despite terror, separation and deprivation, Britons were overwhelmingly willing to pay the price of victory.
This audiobook begins with the coronation of George VI and ends with the disasters in the Far East in December 1941. A second audiobook will tell the story from 1942 to Indian independence in 1947.
©2016 Daniel Todman (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Erik Bloodaxe on 22-12-16

A first class read

What made the experience of listening to Britain's War the most enjoyable?

The amount of detail and back ground offered so much

Who was your favorite character and why?

Clear discriptions of All participants

What about Ric Jerrom’s performance did you like?

Clear delivery

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

Had a clear style

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5 out of 5 stars
By Trevor on 17-11-17

Ric Jerrom not at his best

Having listened to Ric Jerrom's masterly reading of the Patrick O'Brian Aubrey/Maturin series, and as someone who remembers the tail end of WW2 (I was born in 1938) this audiobook seemed the perfect choice.

It is, indeed, an excellent history of everyday life and social attitudes in Britain during the war. Ric Jerrom is very good on accents and the extracts from Mass Observation reports are convincing but I was a little disappointed in the general style of his reading with emphasis too often in the wrong places and a slightly pejorative interpretation of some individuals that could not be justified by the text. Perhaps I was just expecting too much from this marvellous narrator.

Todman is right to question the almost universal approbation that surrounds Winston Churchill as a war leader and also to emphasise that Chamberlain was not quite the ninny many historians would have us believe.

A nice long listen for those interested in the period.

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4 out of 5 stars
By dell992 on 21-06-16

Great Performance, Biased with out a warning!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes it is a good story but not to the ignorant.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Either drop the socialist revisionism or let the reader know ahead of time. Either way the book would be immeasurably improved.

What about Ric Jerrom’s performance did you like?

He did a great "American" accent I loved it alot. Additionally his ability to inflec his voice to betray the intention of the author is great.

Any additional comments?

Overall a nice read especially if you are playing a WW2 game. But it committed the cardinal sin of not being upfront with the biases of the author.

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