Now It Can Be Told

Read by Walt Allan

(4.8 stars; 71 reviews)

In this book I have written about some aspects of the war which, I believe, the world must know and remember, not only as a memorial of men's courage in tragic years, but as a warning of what will happen again--surely--if a heritage of evil and of folly is not cut out of the hearts of peoples. Here it is the reality of modern warfare not only as it appears to British soldiers, of whom I can tell, but to soldiers on all the fronts where conditions were the same...

The purpose of this book is to get deeper into the truth of this war and of all war--not by a more detailed narrative of events, but rather as the truth was revealed to the minds of men, in many aspects, out of their experience; and by a plain statement of realities, however painful, to add something to the world's knowledge out of which men of good-will may try to shape some new system of relationship between one people and another, some new code of international morality, preventing or at least postponing another massacre of youth like that five years' sacrifice of boys of which I was a witness.
- Summary by Philip Gibbs, from the Preface< (19 hr 0 min)


Part 1: Observers and Commanders, Preface and Chapters 1 to 5 37:39 Read by Walt Allan
Part 1: Chapters 6 to 14 41:22 Read by Walt Allan
Part 1: Chapters 15 to 21 48:11 Read by Walt Allan
Part 2: The School of Courage. Early Days with the New Army. Chapters 1 to 6 46:20 Read by Walt Allan
Part 2: Chapters 7 to 9 47:48 Read by Walt Allan
Part 2: Chapters 10 to 15 42:58 Read by Walt Allan
Part 2: Chapters 16 to 19 37:36 Read by Walt Allan
Part 3: The Nature of Battle. Chapters 1 to 9 59:05 Read by Walt Allan
Part 3: Chapters 10 to 14 48:44 Read by Walt Allan
Part 4: A Winter of Discontent. Chapters 1 to 5 48:01 Read by Walt Allan
Part 4: Chapters 6 to 13 55:09 Read by Walt Allan
Part 4: Chapters 14 to 20 1:00:57 Read by Walt Allan
Part 5: The Heart of a City. Amiens in Time of War. Chapters 1 to 9 44:25 Read by Walt Allan
Part 5: Chapters 10 to 14 38:30 Read by Walt Allan
Part 5: Chapters 15 to 18 38:15 Read by Walt Allan
Part 6: Psychology on the Somme. Chapters 1 to 8 49:50 Read by Walt Allan
Part 6: Chapters 9 to 13 50:55 Read by Walt Allan
Part 6: Chapters 14 to 20 1:04:13 Read by Walt Allan
Part 6: Chapters 21 to 23 46:07 Read by Walt Allan
Part 7: The Fields of Armageddon. Chapters 1 to 5 1:10:42 Read by Walt Allan
Part 7: Chapters 6 to 10 1:03:42 Read by Walt Allan
Part 8: For What Men Died. Chapters 1 to 4 45:20 Read by Walt Allan
Part 8: Chapters 5 to 9 54:45 Read by Walt Allan



(5 stars)

I have spent 40 years studying Ww1 & this is a true classic made even better by excellent narration. This work deals with not grand strategy but the everyday experiences of the common soldier of Britain's empire troops. Other works are better for explaining the overall strategy & tactics of the western front. This work excels in putting you through the experiences as if you were there. Compliments to the excellent narration, surpassing many Audible readers.

(4.5 stars)

Excellent and narrated very very well by walt if he's not a professional he should be

Detailed historical piece of literature

(5 stars)

Level of detail is quite staggering, which explains why it's so long. Author, who was 1 of 5 British reporters on front lines did a wonderful job documenting everything he seen. I am so grateful for what he did. If I forget about equipment and the way soldiers dressed, war had not changed one bit. Last section is a summary which covers military, economy, civil, political perspective of the war and it's masterpiece of its own.

Brilliant Book, Moved me to tears.

(5 stars)

The Western World seems bent on tearing itself to peices from the inside. The book explains the foundation for why WW2 occured just 20 years later. All our eye witnesses to that act of warfare are dead, who is left to stop us committing our sons to another fruitless war. Time to speak the truth to each other I believe, and listen to old wisdom held within religions.

Direct, heartfelt and brutally honest

(5 stars)

The Language and the candor of the The The Author brings you to these forsaken and forgot places. He's gritty and philosophical about the war. never losing his faith in God or humanity , thou you feel he's straining to to keep it at points. The reader does a good job as well.

(5 stars)

The vivid and honest descriptions of the battles and injuries to these men by someone who was actually there, is truly thought provoking . so well written and very well read. it I the best detailed story of WW1, I have read/listened .

we will not forget then

(5 stars)

I couldn't put into words how greatly this book affected me. For a long time i was looking for a perfect summary of the great war and this book might be it. thanks to the author and reader.

Great Book

(5 stars)

Very well written! It gives you the feeling of having been there (which isn't a good feeling). It was very, very well narrated to!