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
I've read this book and listened to it. It reads really well, perhaps a little better than the audio book if you are familiar with German.
Stasiland like many other history texts tells an excellent account of people's lives in the past. However Stasiland reads a little less like a historical text and more like a personal account, because it is. Anna Funder injects her own personal experience in Germany and her interactions, feelings, and opinions in a way that is very informal and accessible.
No, she does this terrible male voice, furthermore the German voice is a little tiresome.
Stasiland is full of sad and depressing stories; though depending on your sense of humor you may find much that is funny.
No, publishers summary says "extraordinary tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany," but 6 chapters in I'm still waiting... I was hoping for an exciting historical communist spy vs. people story, instead there was a lot of stuff about the reporter, her feelings and opinions etc. It was like a dull PBS/BBC p.c "isn't it terrible" essay that misses the greater point.
Not the genre, just the author and especially the performer.
Sounds like my old Aunties cheerful renditions of The Big Bad Wolf. The performance lacked intonation, therefore there was no emotional/passage or character differentiation. German voices had no accents but were simply read in a lower voice.