The battle at Stalingrad during World War II has been called the bloodiest campaign in the history of war. Success was measured in meters, and corpses piled high amidst the charred wreckage of the Russian city. In this grisly setting, David L. Robbins stages an unforgettable contest. On the Russian side is Zaitsev, the Hare, who has been trained since childhood in hunting and tracking. As a sniper, he kills a German with each bullet. Berlin has sent its best marksman, the Headmaster, to find and kill the Hare. The Headmaster's accuracy is phenomenal, and his cunning is legendary. In the ensuing battle of skill and wit between the two deadly soldiers, lives hang on a second's hesitation or haste. Historically accurate, filled with the tension of life-and-death decisions, War of the Rats is a best-seller destined to become a classic war novel. Narrator George Guidall aptly provides voices for the full cast of this epic battle.
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by David L. Robbins
by Ralph Compton, David Robbins
by Steven Millhauser
by Bernard Cornwell
by Ralph Cotton
by Patrick Smith
by Jeff Long
"Listening to George Guidall read is like watching Jack Nicholson act--an explosion lurks around any corner of the plot, so listen expectantly. In WAR OF THE RATS Chuikov's Red Army and Paulus's 6th are trapped in Stalingrad that terrible winter of 1942. At the center of the story is Chief Master Sergeant Vasily Zaitsev, who has the Germans terrified of showing themselves. SS Colonel Heinz Torvald has been sent from the elite sniper school in Berlin to take him out. Guidall reads Zaitsev and the other Russian characters with a subtly rounded accent, and Torvald with an equally subtle hint of the German. Guidall's reading is as sharp and accurate as the cross hairs on Zaitsev's scope. It's a perfect match for the historical precision of Robbins's account. A final interview with the author explains the genesis of this gripping text, and neither should be missed. P.E.F. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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