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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,301 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey M. Shaara, Jeff Shaara Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9780307576668
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No Less Than Victory is the crowning achievement in master storyteller Jeff Shaara’s soaring World War II trilogy, revealing the European war’s unforgettable and harrowing final act.

After the success of the Normandy invasion, the Allied commanders are buoyantly confident that the war in Europe will be over in a matter of weeks, that Hitler and his battered army have no other option than surrender. But despite the advice of his best military minds, Hitler will hear no talk of defeat.

In mid-December 1944, the Germans launch a desperate and ruthless counteroffensive in the Ardennes forest, utterly surprising the unprepared Americans who stand in their way. Through the frigid snows of the mountainous terrain, German tanks and infantry struggle to realize Hitler's goal: divide the Allied armies and capture the vital port at Antwerp. The attack succeeds in opening up a wide gap in the American lines, and for days chaos reigns in the Allied command.

Thus begins the Battle of the Bulge, the last gasp by Hitler’s forces that becomes a horrific slugging match, some of the most brutal fighting of the war. As American commanders respond to the stunning challenge, the German spear is finally blunted.

Though some in the Nazi inner circle continue the fight to secure Germany’s postwar future, the Führer makes it clear that he is fighting to the end. He will spare nothing—not even German lives—to preserve his twisted vision of a "Thousand Year Reich". But in May 1945, the German army collapses, and with Russian troops closing in, Hitler commits suicide.

As the Americans sweep through the German countryside, they unexpectedly encounter the worst of Hitler’s crimes—the concentration camps—and young GIs find themselves absorbing firsthand the horrors of the Holocaust.

Presenting his riveting account through the eyes of Eisenhower and Patton and the young GIs who struggle face-to-face with their enemy, and through the eyes of Germany’s.                            

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 2/10/2014

    " Last book in Shaara's World War II series. Deals with the end of the war. Hitler's decline. Victory and going back home. Excellent, bases on actual diaries of people who were there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dr. Michael Galvin | 1/31/2014

    " The best of Shaara's WWII trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Boling | 1/31/2014

    " Another great one by Jeff Shaara! Looking forward to the one I think he is writing on the Korean War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Kent | 1/28/2014

    " A final and fitting volume of this fine author's trilogy on WW II. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 1/25/2014

    " Novelized history of the last third of WWII on the European front. Told from point of view of an Army private, General Eisenhower, General Patton and Churchill. Sweeping in scope and yet personal. Helped me to understand what happened with the Soviets after WWII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gordy | 1/23/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book, probably the most out of the three. The book just like the other two has a lot of profanity, so be warned. The end of each of this book was very interesting to me because of the politics that went in to ending the war. Mostly problems with the Russians. Anyone who is interested in WWII I would highly recomment this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wayne | 1/17/2014

    " I like the series, it has more of a personal touch that makes it more interesting than just all history and facts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mormonhermitmom | 1/5/2014

    " Historical novel that isn't so much concerned about military tactics as the experience of the common soldier. Many characters based on real people and their experiences. There were some horrific events mentioned but not so graphically detailed as a horror genre might be. Some swearing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 12/25/2013

    " An excellent piece of historical fiction with a focus on the end of WWII in Europe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross | 12/19/2013

    " Satisfying conclusion to the WWII trilogy penned by Jeff Shaara. Picks up right before the Battle of the Bulge and follows several figures through the end of WWII in Europe. Here's hoping that Shaara writes another trilogy on WWII in the Pacific. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dev | 12/9/2013

    " Another solid retelling of the second world war. Shaara has a deft and humanizing touch that is even more apparent in his realization of the german soldier than his more apparent American counterpart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luke Small | 11/24/2013

    " Many people have heard of this event but few can write about it. Jeff Shaara can write about war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 6/26/2013

    " A must read for everyone "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Cheeseman | 3/24/2013

    " I really enjoy Shaara's books. While some dismiss historical fiction as irrelevant I find it a nice companion to the detail oriented classroom type tomes. Shaara provides a good sense of the war and all of the evils involved. I look forward to picking up another of his books soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent Meikle | 1/8/2013

    " I really enjoyed this whole series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 12/28/2012

    " As usual it is a great insight to "behind the scene" issues of the War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 10/31/2012

    " These are good books. I've read most of (probably all) Jeff Shaara's books and I think they are great. This series was about World War II and I honestly could not put them down. Jeff Shaara is a really good storyteller. You don't just learn about history, you feel like you've witnessed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/2/2012

    " I really like Jeff Shaara's immense research on his subjects. He makes the event come alive through the eyes of the actual people. This is the last novel in the western front of WWII trilogy. It is also interesting to have the German perspective at the same time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darin | 3/6/2012

    " A good ending to the trilogy covering the war in Europe. It wasn't as fast moving as the others in the series, but I still learned enough to appreciate the sacrifices given. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 2/19/2012

    " The third book (and the best) of Jeff Shaara's World War II trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 12/13/2011

    " Good ending to a satisfyingly series about WWII in Europe that incorporates the larger-than-life characters (Eisenhower, Patton, etc) and the common private. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellie Revert | 9/27/2011

    " I love the first 2 books in this series about WWII--but this one, about the windup was too heavy---too much like a textbook. I plan to get back to it after a break. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adela | 6/23/2011

    " I never thought I'd like reading about WW2, but this book, after reading The Rising Tide a few years ago, was engaging. I like how Shaara brings characters to life and how he describes Europe during the winter. This was an interesting read. I'm going for the next in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 4/11/2011

    " The third in Sharaa's WWII Europe trilogy. (See my comments on The Rising Tide). Deals with the final push to Berlin after D-Day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wayne | 3/13/2011

    " I like the series, it has more of a personal touch that makes it more interesting than just all history and facts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 3/6/2011

    " A fantastic concluding volume to Shaara's triology about the European theater of World Wat 2. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 2/2/2011

    " If you like historical fiction, Shaara is one of the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 1/17/2011

    " Same feeling as the first two books of the trilogy. Informative, an easy read and all around well written and researched. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.J.K. | 1/9/2011

    " This was my first read of Shaara's. Very good book. I think anyone that reads any of Jeff's books wont be left disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 1/8/2011

    " Wow! Shaara has a knack for taking historical documents, records, accounts, and weaving them into a work of fiction that is fast paced, entertaining, and yet educational. Reading his books makes history fun! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellie | 12/17/2010

    " I love the first 2 books in this series about WWII--but this one, about the windup was too heavy---too much like a textbook. I plan to get back to it after a break. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mormonhermitmom | 12/1/2010

    " Historical novel that isn't so much concerned about military tactics as the experience of the common soldier. Many characters based on real people and their experiences. There were some horrific events mentioned but not so graphically detailed as a horror genre might be. Some swearing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 11/30/2010

    " The final book of the trilogy covering the Normandy Invasion to the End of WWII. A must read for all history buffs. My thanks to Carolyn for giving me The Steel Wave which started caused me to read all three books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 11/2/2010

    " Good ending to a satisfyingly series about WWII in Europe that incorporates the larger-than-life characters (Eisenhower, Patton, etc) and the common private. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darin | 10/5/2010

    " A good ending to the trilogy covering the war in Europe. It wasn't as fast moving as the others in the series, but I still learned enough to appreciate the sacrifices given. "

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About the Author

Jeff Shaara is the New York Times bestselling author of A Blaze of Glory, The Final Storm, No Less Than Victory, The Steel Wave, The Rising Tide, To the Last Man, The Glorious Cause, Rise to Rebellion, and Gone for Soldiers, as well as Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure—two novels that complete the Civil War trilogy that began with his father’s Pulitzer Prize–winning classic, The Killer Angels. Shaara was born into a family of Italian immigrants in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University.

About the Narrator

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code.