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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,478 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey M. Shaara, Jeff Shaara Narrator: Larry Pine Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The World War II Series Release Date: November 2006 ISBN: 9780739334645
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A modern master of the historical novel, Jeff Shaara has painted brilliant depictions of the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and World War I. Now, The Rising Tide begins a staggering work of fiction bound to be a new generation’s most poignant chronicle of World War II.

Through unforgettable battle scenes in the unforgiving deserts of North Africa, into the “soft underbelly” of Hitler’s Fortress Europa, and as battles rage along the coasts of the Mediterranean, The Rising Tide is a vivid gallery of characters both immortal and unknown. 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 listeners eager for the next volume of this superb saga of the war that saved and changed the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is Jeff Shaara at his best, giving us another superb historically grounded novel of one of the most dramatic struggles of World War II.”

    George McGovern

  • “Shaara can certainly bring a scene to life. [His] nonfiction introduction…should be required reading for every middle school American history class. It is far better in its brief account…than most of today’s textbooks. A fascinating summary, and naturally, much more readable than textbook prose. Mr. Shaara is…giving the people what they want—and what they need.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “[A] wonderful first volume of a planned trilogy…Sprawling, masterful.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A page-turning introduction that will leave fans of first-rate military fiction awaiting the next installments.”

    Booklist

  • “This is the magnificent opening volume of a trilogy about World War II in Europe…Shaara says he does not write history. Instead, he enables readers to view history through the eyes of its participants…The technique is exciting and engrossing and gives a you-are-there feel to the enormous events being described. Even readers who think they know a lot about the great drama and tragedy that was World War II will be fascinated, while those knowing little or nothing of the war will find themselves educated and intrigued. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mitzi | 2/3/2014

    " I loved Gods and Generals--I even read a biography of Stonewall Jackson because Shaara made him so interesting. The civil war really came to life for me. But this one was only one step up from a history textbook. Most of the book takes place in board rooms with people discussing plans, who should command what. There is very little action and he doesn't follow one person long enough for us to care about any of them. He gets us interested in Rommel early on, then just drops him even though he appears later on the book. To give credit, I understand this part of WWII better, but it was hard to get through. I probably won't read any of the sequels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzy | 2/1/2014

    " Shaara has done it again - great read, very informative, etc. This book is about the beginning of America's involvement in WWII up to the invasion of Sicily. I know very little (or should I say, I don't remember) about this time in history, so I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book. Of course, I ultimately knew what was going to happen - but I didn't know "how". Shaara does a great job of making the "how" interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Boettcher | 1/28/2014

    " History is at it's best when it comes alive. In this book, Shaara brings the North African campaign of WWII vividly to life. "

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

    " You have to have a keen interest in WWII to enjoy Shaara's books--half fiction half history! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lanita | 1/19/2014

    " I LOVE this author. He writes historical fiction and I always learn a lot from his books. He writes through different points of view of different historical figures. Some well know, some not. They're great!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DaveB | 12/20/2013

    " semi-historical drama kept my brain fed and my fingers turning "

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

    " I did not anticipate that the allied campaign in North Africa and Italy would be so riveting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerry Della | 11/27/2013

    " GREAT historical novel about WWIl, first of a trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 11/23/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 10/29/2013

    " 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 Anthony | 10/19/2013

    " Jeff Shaara, is a great story teller and an accurate historian. A great story of WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darin | 9/19/2013

    " If you enjoy WWII history, then you will most likely enjoy this novel. I learned quite a bit about the African campaign that I didn't know. It kept me interested the whole time and set up nicely for the next book which covers the campaign in Europe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara White | 8/28/2013

    " As someone born after WWII, I could never understand why there was afront in North Africa. This book explains why that happened as well as the American perspective of the early part of the war. I really came to appreciate Eisenhower as a great leader. It is very readable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Art | 2/14/2013

    " Very good story. I learned a lot. I liked how I got to know the people involved. Not just the big shots, but I got some insight into what it was like to be on the line in WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad Broadfoot | 5/5/2012

    " It made me want to read his last Civil War and WWI books. Just ordered Civil war book on Amazon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 4/10/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregory Saunders | 1/14/2012

    " Shaara make history live. You will not be disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 12/22/2011

    " Good read but a quirky writing style. Lots of verb-less sentences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 11/1/2011

    " Interesting book about a theatre of WWII, that I didn't kow as much about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 10/9/2011

    " Always a fan of Psuedo-historical fiction - this book explored a part of WW II - that I was totally unfamiliar with. Great efforts are made to give the characters depth and explain the circumstances and motivations of each. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dev | 9/19/2011

    " A fun way to digest history; through the manufactured eyes of Rommel and Patton and others of that ilk we see WWII arrive and be battled from North Africa to Messina. "

  • 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 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

Larry Pine is an American film, television, and theatre actor. He is married to composer and sound designer Margaret Pine.