The Last Battle by Cornelius Ryan

The classic account of the final offensive against Hitler’s Third Reich:
The Battle for Berlin was the culminating struggle of World War II in the European theater, the last offensive against Hitler’s Third Reich, which devastated one of Europe’s historic capitals and marked the final defeat of Nazi Germany. It was also one of the war’s bloodiest and most pivotal battles, whose outcome would shape international politics for decades to come.
The Last Battle is Cornelius Ryan’s compelling account of this final battle, a story of brutal extremes, of stunning military triumph alongside the stark conditions that the civilians of Berlin experienced in the face of the Allied assault. As always, Ryan delves beneath the military and political forces that were dictating events to explore the more immediate imperatives of survival, where, as the author describes it, “to eat had become more important than to love, to burrow more dignified than to fight, to exist more militarily correct than to win.”
The Last Battle is the story of ordinary people, both soldiers and civilians, caught up in the despair, frustration, and terror of defeat. It is history at its best, a masterful illumination of the effects of war on the lives of individuals, and one of the enduring works on World War II.

About Simon

Simon is an actor who found his way into audiobook narrating as a side-gig and seems to have made a success of it. With some training as an actor as a child (just a couple of hours a week, but it stuck) and 15 years working inside the BBC (ending up as one of the presenters/newsreaders on BBC Radio 4 in London) he found the ideal combination for an audiobook narrator. Found his way to California two decades ago and never left.

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One Response to The Last Battle by Cornelius Ryan

  1. Karen May 26, 2015 at 10:12 pm #

    I cannot express what a pleasure it was to listen to Simon Vance read this book. English, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian and German names and places pronounced fluidly made the tale of the last battle easy to follow. Subtle changes in Mr. Vance’s voice indicated spoken quotes without jarring one out of the flow of the story. It was beautifully performed and I look forward to hearing more of Simon Vance’s readings.

    Thank you, Mr. Vance.

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