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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Way to Learn, and Retain, Historical Knowledge!
'Dire details about blitzed Britan that affected everyone in the country.'
'Every Governement lies to its people! In Italy, theirs said that they had bombed Britain so bad that they had shot the Loch Ness Monster and killed it!
"That must have been messy!"
"No, it was Nessie!"
Superb wit and wisdom mix to make this one of the best of the audiobooks...
Published on 13 July 2004 by A Customer of AMAZON-UK!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you want to hear the dreadful truth about...
...Dad's Army, or how sweet rationing drove a teacher to steal from his pupils, or what happened when an elephant got loose in the blackout, the full foul facts about life on the home front are laid out before your ears. It's packed with quizzes, sketches and jokes, as well as mini-dramas and real life re-enactments - telling you the kind of foul facts which just aren't...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Way to Learn, and Retain, Historical Knowledge!, 13 July 2004
'Dire details about blitzed Britan that affected everyone in the country.'
'Every Governement lies to its people! In Italy, theirs said that they had bombed Britain so bad that they had shot the Loch Ness Monster and killed it!
"That must have been messy!"
"No, it was Nessie!"
Superb wit and wisdom mix to make this one of the best of the audiobooks from the utterly fantastic, Mr Deary!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you want to hear the dreadful truth about..., 13 Jan 2008
...Dad's Army, or how sweet rationing drove a teacher to steal from his pupils, or what happened when an elephant got loose in the blackout, the full foul facts about life on the home front are laid out before your ears. It's packed with quizzes, sketches and jokes, as well as mini-dramas and real life re-enactments - telling you the kind of foul facts which just aren't available from a classroom education! This book is like most of the other Horrible Histories which have very practical timeline which are terrific! Rating: 7/ 10.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HOT OFF THE PRESS - APRIL 2007 - REPRINTED EDITION with a NEW COVER!, 19 April 2007
'The Woeful Second World War gives you the dire details about the worst war ever - from snow-bound cities under siege to fly-infested jungle trenches.

Want to know why wearing white knickers could get you killed in the Second World War?'

Read on!

The usual Deary humour flows through the 136 pages packed with facts, written in a variety of fonts and full of black and white illustrations and cartoons, from Martin Brown.

Split into 7 chapters:-

Terrible timeline
Home horrors
Frightful fighting
Awesome animals
Lousy liars
Chilling for children
The Holocaust

with an introduction and an epilogue.

Read on for curious quizzes, rotten recipes, gruesome games and much more.
History has never been so horrible!'

'23rd August 1939
Shock! Deadly enemies unite! Mr Adolf Hitler of Germany (with a toothbrush moustache) and Mr Josef Stalin of the Soviet Union (with a yard-brush moustache) peacefully agree not to fight one another. No chance. Never trust a man with a moustache.....

1st September 1939
A. Hitler (the liar) had promised not to invade Poland. Today his army invades Poland...... and `peacefully' shares it with the Soviets. No one asked the Poles, of course.
Britain and France say they'll fight for Poland's freedom.
That means war!............'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His best so far - by far, 27 July 2000
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I am a fanatic fan of the Horrible Histories, I am devastated that he will stop writing them after "Ireland" (which I already have). The Blitzed Brits delt more with the comic parts of the Second World War, but this one put the matter forward in a much more serious manner, and gave a much truer statement as to how the time was for the soldiers and the public, Terry Deary I congratulate and salue you as the saviour of History!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, amusing, tragic and poignant all at the same time, 30 Nov 2006
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Helen Simpson (Leeds, England) - See all my reviews
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As a 13 year old I can remember having to learn about Franz Ferdinand, The Black Hand Gang, allies and enemies, dates and times and other mundane facts that actually didn't mean much to me.

In contrast, this book would enthuse any Year 7 pupil (and in my case 40+) to do a GCSE in History or just be grateful for our freedom and the fact that we can read a book like this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Annette, 6 Oct 2011
As with all Horrible Histories this Audio CD is great, daughter loves listening to it as bedtime and seeing as though they are doing 2nd world war at school very educational
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a patch on the Tudors, 3 Oct 2010
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Bill Crawford "Big Bill" (Newcastle, UK) - See all my reviews
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Still very entertaining and interesting. It gives an idea of what it must have been like to live through WW2 on the Home Front, but not as educational as other Titles in the series, eg Terrible Tudors (which is brilliant). There is nothing about the battles or the various campaigns (probably because these would not be suitable for a humorous treatment) and it focusses on life in Britain (rationing, evacuation etc). Still a very enjoyable CD, entertaining for whole family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Histories The Woeful Second World War, 21 Mar 2009
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This is a brilliant CD that has lots of fun facts that you will enjoy all the time.It will educate your child and make them laugh at the same time.I would recomend buying it.AUDIO CD
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dearys 16th Wonder, 10 Sep 1999
By A Customer
"The Woeful Second World War" is Terry Dearys 16th Horrible History book, and this one is no different from the rest. It is evident that Deary has researched the issues in this book to a great degree, and displays them well. I enjoyed reading "The Woeful Second World War" alot. This was for a number of reasons. Overall Deary has cut the book into nine sections, each dealing with seperate aspects. The timeline is excellent in giving you a rough guide to the main points of the Second World War, and is easy to read with the boring bits left out. The main bulk of the book includes an ample amount of facts that are broken down into short passages, about three-four pages long, and being direct leave you knowing more. The book is topped of well with wonderful illustrations by Martin Brown. This book is a great read for Terry Deary fans and anyone who likes a light, non complex book. I would say that it is not a fact book on the Second World War, just a history book "with the nasty bits left in".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting way to learn about history ., 12 Aug 2000
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these books are very good and i recomend them to everyone over 12 years because they are a -bit gory lets just hope terry deary keeps on writing them.
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