Was headed to Berlin for a couple weeks and trying to capture a bit of the vibe of the city. No WWII stuff, more contemporary. This book was an excellent and synchronous choice. Funder is full of magic moments and the varied stories of former GDR citizens and authorities paint a good range of sentiment and perspective. Also rife with geographic reference, museums, etc. that I enjoyed tracking down as well. It really made my trip that much greater with some background on the gravity of certain places and situations. Funder's writing is excellent throughout and while keeping a generally straightforward approach, there are liberal flourishes of beautiful insight and stolen moments.
Very interesting piece of history.
The author spent too much time writing her feelings into the book. This book is more about her feels than a history piece.
The narration was OK, but the terrible attempts at various voices was distracting.
At first I was a bit turned off because the book seemed to be a little bit too autobiographical for my tastes. However, later on, after reading more of the book, I changed my mind about this. In a few places the autobiographical stance gave the stories some emotional depth.
I had never heard these stories before. The author is to be commended for collecting these personal stories and presenting them here.
The only weakness of the narrator was her lame attempt to affect a deep male-sounding voice. On the whole, the narration was great. When she reads in her natural, unaffected voice, she does a fine job. The narration was not distracting. I was able to focus on the author's train of thought.
I could not believe such stories being told through this book. A world I wish to never be apart of, a world that I have learned through this book. It really open my eyes. A beautiful book!
This book was not engaging. After many starts and stops, I finally gave up. I was disappointed because I really wanted to like this book.
I did not finish it.
I felt like the narrator really got in the way. It was like Mary Poppins reading to me. Very distracting. The story should have been really interesting but I found it dry and boring. Not impressed.
For the generation that grew up after the cold war, this is must read. It is unbelievable the paranoia that consumed the GDR. The narration was not the greatest as german words are used numerous times without a proper English meaning. Overall though a great read.
depth interest truth
topic of the stories
variety of aspects approached
how she depicts each of the people she interviewed and comments
honesty in the approach
the opening chapter immediately captivates and wants you to listen further
the story of the baby abandoned on the other side of the wall
fantastic to be recommended