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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,481 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeff Shaara Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2006 ISBN:
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A modern master of the historical novel, Jeff Shaara has painted brilliant depictions of the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, and World War I. Now he embarks upon his most ambitious epic, a trilogy about the military conflict that defined the 20th century. The Rising Tide begins a staggering work of fiction bound to be a new generation's most poignant chronicle of World War II. With you-are-there immediacy, painstaking historical detail, and all-inclusive points of view, Shaara portrays the momentous and increasingly dramatic events that pulled America into the vortex of this monumental conflict.

As Hitler conquers Poland, Norway, France, and most of Western Europe, England struggles to hold the line. When Germany's ally Japan launches a stunning attack on Pearl Harbor, America is drawn into the war, fighting to hold back the Japanese conquest of the Pacific, while standing side-by-side with its British ally, the last hope for turning the tide of the war.

More than an unprecedented and intimate portrait of those who waged this astonishing global war, The Rising Tide is a vivid gallery of characters both immortal and unknown: the as-yet obscure administrator Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose tireless efficiency helped win the war, and his subordinates, clashing in both style and personality, from George Patton and Mark Clark to Omar Bradley and Bernard Montgomery. In the desolate hills and deserts, the Allies confront Erwin Rommel, the battlefield genius known as the Desert Fox, a wounded beast who hands the Americans their first humiliating defeat in the European theater of the war. From tank driver to paratrooper to the men who gave the commands, Shaara's stirring portrayals bring the heroic and the tragic to life in brilliant detail.

A new level of accomplishment from this already acclaimed author, The Rising Tide will leave readers eager for the next volume of this superb saga of the war that saved and changed the world.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 2/17/2014

    " Awesome. I can't wait to read the next two of the series, and every other book he has written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Karchmar | 2/14/2014

    " First quarter of this book is slow. But after that, it's exactly what I expected from a WWII novel. The author gets into the minds of Patton, Eisenhower, Rommel, and Bradley. He did some solid research and filled in the gaps with educated guesses about who was thinking what and why they were thinking it. I loved it. Looking forward to reading the next two in the trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 2/4/2014

    " The introduction to this book contained just about the amount of historical overview about the war that I had been looking for. Sort of putting things in perspective. The first chapter was an abrupt and unwelcome change. I almost said forget it. After the smooth flowing, cohesive introduction, the style of the chapter itself was jarring. Choppy sentences. Disconnected thoughts. I guess it was meant to give a sense of how the soldiers themselves felt. Isolated, cold, unsure. Anyhow, I adjusted to the style (and it adjusted a little also in the subsequent chapters) and I gained a great deal more insight into American's role in the 'Mediterranean Theater' in WWII. It is focused on the fight in North Africa and the Mediterranean between spring 1942 and fall 1943. The personalities of Eisenhower, Patton, Montgomery, Rommel, and some other recognizable names are fleshed out, and another side of the story is supplied by 'average joe' soldiers. The rest of the war is mentioned only in passing, like when it had an impact on supplies or news coverage. Overall it left me better informed about this small but important theater of the war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 2/2/2014

    " Great historical fiction. Written very similar to his WW1 book. The soldiers talk was really funny at times. I loved his rendition of Churchill, especially. First in a trilogy on WW2. "

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

    " I really like Jeff Shaara's attention to detail. He brings people to life with what they are thinking and doing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 1/24/2014

    " Jeff Shaara compiles a non-fictional account of Germany's, Britian's and the United States' role in the North African, Sicilian and early Italian campaigns during WWII, alternating between accounts of the strategies of the Generals (Eisenhower, Rommel, Montgomery, Alexander, Clark, etc.) and the real lives of the common tank commander, infantry soldier and the US paratrooper (he identifies actual soldiers and gives their accounts). In his book, Shaara fleshes out the skeleton of events and supplies the reasons behind the major battles and what life in the trenches was really like. It was an enthralling book and well written. I highly recommend it for anyone seeking a better understanding of the early European theater of WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bcoghill Coghill | 1/21/2014

    " I really did like this. I suspect it was my mood this summer. The writing is professional and the history is good in an opinionated sense. That is to say, not bland. It is interesting because I have read so much of these times, people and places elsewhere that I understand the context and where opinion differs from "facts." I would hate for someone to take this all as gospel but that is the same for any book (including the Gospels, eh?) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 1/21/2014

    " Wow - way to get a first hand view of the North African and southern Italy part of WWII. Shaara is an experienced writer of military history. He puts in just enough mapping to keep track of where things are going but not enough to overwhelm you. The personal histories of larger-than-life military leaders and ordinary soldiers make the books meaningful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken Elser | 1/19/2014

    " I always get sucked into these books... The only historical fiction I've ever really read, but this is really interesting stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenton | 12/7/2013

    " Give you real insight to what was happening in WWII. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom | 12/4/2013

    " Interesting but it's like reading a history book. I can only pick it once or twice during the week. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 astrangerhere | 11/29/2013

    " Good idea in principle but too long and disjointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zach | 11/24/2013

    " Great start to the series. I enjoyed the travel through the European Front through the perspective of different key people, or sometimes just a single soldier. Historical Fiction, but from my knowledge of WWII it is pretty accurate except for the character's words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 10/30/2013

    " I really enjoyed it, I loved the way he picks out a couple of people and concentrates on them "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 10/15/2013

    " Excellent read. Must read all of this series now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Obisbooks | 9/2/2013

    " Really enjoyed the Civil War one by him,but this one lacked the intensity, it had some good parts but it didn't hang together for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marty | 4/17/2013

    " A good book. Different from my usual style, but I really enjoyed it. It was about the North African Battle Theatre in WWII. Very interesting and engaging "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 4/16/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian Mark | 10/18/2012

    " i love ww2 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hanjinax | 7/15/2012

    " This novel is really well done and I will always read Shaara's books. However, I still feel nothing he's written has been as magical as his Civil War novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Rice | 4/10/2012

    " Great novel about the early years of WWII. Excellent character development of both known and unknown heroes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Kaftan | 5/29/2011

    " A very good historical fiction modeled after "The Killer Angels." While the story itself is fictional, the characters and the battles they experienced are not. This provides me with an interesting perspective into how war was fought and it is a quick read, not too heavy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenton | 5/17/2011

    " Give you real insight to what was happening in WWII. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 4/13/2011

    " the book vividly brings out the personalities and different forces at work from the North African campaign to the invasion of Italy in WWII "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenajo | 2/3/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book, and I think that it really added to my understanding of WWII. "

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

    " A different method/style of writing than typical history books I tend to read but having sections come from research and then put into the words of the people in the situations made it very readable. The whole trilogy is a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 12/30/2010

    " good battle scenes. i didn't realize we fought the french in world war ii when we first entered the north african theater. these books are a really interesting way to learn more about history without having to exert the energy to read straight history books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 12/9/2010

    " Good book the second on WWII was better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellie | 11/17/2010

    " Another excellent book about WWII. Again, General Eisenhower shines. French leaders do not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 11/7/2010

    " 3.5 stars. No, 3.89. Great read that puts you in the thick of the North African theater, and the Allied invasion of Sicily, from the view of the lowliest private up through Eisenhower, Churchill, Rommel. Not...quite...Killer Angels good, but very close. "

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

    " First in the WWII trilogy. Good reading if you like the topic! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 10/30/2010

    " Couldn't get into this one about the 1927 flooding of the Mississippi River and all that led up to it. This book teaches you about the river, the men who have tried to tame it, and the poison of politics. What's new? "

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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.