Amazing, exciting, terrifying.
The most interesting part of the book was how exactly Hitler managed to start the war "peacefully". It started with absolutely no shots fired and Hitler taking control of its two closest and well defended neighbors through fictitious plebiscites in which Hitler was able to win public opinion through trickery. It's a very interesting and genius way to take control of a territory and come out looking like the savior. It draws VERY similar ties to the way Russia is dealing with Ukraine right now. It's very interesting how history truly does repeat itself.
The entire book was packed with great information on how Hitler came to power and how he very quickly overtook most of Europe. It was a little slow to get started with the war, but the first few chapters provide critical details and introduce characters which play a big role later in the book. If you've ever wondered how an evil, war mongering, heartless man can win over a nation, wonder no more. This book reveals all those secrets and more.
There is not a book I could more highly recommend for anyone interested in history, especially WWII.
Definitely. There's so much information that no one can absorb it all from listening to it once.
Well, it's non-fiction, but I would say the most colorful accounts are the secret German papers and the personal diaries that recount candid quotes of the real Adolf Hitler.
it is too long to do that
This is the definitive tome for this period in history. It can get very dry and tedious in parts but if you really want to learn more than what the history channel tells you about Nazi Germany, this is the book. You can learn everything of importance that happened, sometimes in great detail, sometimes in passing. But if you're like me and you think it is important to truly and deeply understand the "virus of national socialism" this book is very dependable. At times the author's bias and understandable moral stance seems a little too pervasive and the historical tone of the book veers of the road a little. It feels more like a 40's radio address in places (even American Propaganda), but this is understandable, given the author's personal experience with the Nazis. There is one frustrating part where the author refers to the gay members of the SA as "homosexual perverts". While these brutal Nazis may well have been perverts, it seems to imply they were perverts strictly on the basis of their being gay, which is definitely 20th prejudice. But these remarks are in passing and should not interrupt the listener's enjoyment and learning experience.
Definitely an important book on an important subject.
There is no way in an audible format you can listen and retain all the names, places, dates, etc. But you can listen and retain most of it in a more general way. This is an EXCELLENT history and Shirer did a great job in compiling facts. Performance, overall, story--extremely well done.
This is definitely the best history book I have read/listened to. And it is also one amazing value, it contains over 50hs of history that you can buy with a single Audible credit.
The chapter The New Order, where the author describes how Germany transformed under Nazi rule and how they treated the people that suffered their horrors.
Grover Gardner is excellent, his voice is vivid and his tone keeps the story moving forward. He also has nearly flawless pronunciation skills for German and French names (could use some improvement for slavic names but you can't blame him).
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
If you have even the slightest interest in European politics and history, get this audiobook.
Although written many decades ago, it's still very relevant as a remarkable work of history. The detail presented strikes the right balance throughout the work for the non academic listener.
Very well delivered.
Long, very long but so worth it because it explores the Third Reich in a way that lets you see into the minds of it's leaders.
Rommel and Churchill
He reads it very well giving the long tale written by Shirer good pacing and by the end your so used to his voice that it's almost like your own.
It made me think more than any thing else, think about the lives lost, the sacrifice, the tragedy, the heroism and the will of one person being able to change the world whether for good or bad.
covers the actual war quite well but if you want to listen to something more aimed at the Japanese and the 2nd world war in the pacific then I'd recommend another book but for the war in the west it does a superb job.
No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.
This is a chilling and superlative insight into the politics of the Third Reich. We've heard of the battles, the bombings, the Holocaust, the slaughter—but this book details the political maneuvering of Adolph Hitler and his gang of pseudo-idealogues in a very unique way.
William L. Shirer was there, and his perspective as a correspondent through the rise, the fall, and the war trials, carries intrigue, adventure, and fascination.
Grover Gardner is, of course, the best at this kind of reading, and is flawless.
Highly disturbing, highly recommended.
Gives insight into the political concerns and thoughts of the day which plays a large role in some of the decisions made.
None, unique complete book.
In depth, accurate, insightfull.
The book is incredibly detailed in the story of Nazi Germany. If you want to learn about the history the Third Reich, this is the book to buy. I took a WWII history class in college at the same time I was listening to this book and honestly feel that I learned a lot more from the book than the lectures. This is an amazing book that nobody who is interested in learning about history should miss.
This is the first proper historical book i chose on WWII, it didn't disappoint.
To understand the war you must try to understand the Nazis and Hitler, not just hearing their acts, but to hear their words they use as they give the orders and their defence at the Nuremberg Trials.
I found this book to focus on the diplomacy and people of the third reich, giving the listener a real and deep feel for these men, through the use of minutes from meetings and that it was written by someone who was there only a couple of years after the war ended, it feels fresh and timeless, deeply moving.