I won't repeat the criticism of the book, which has been exhaustive, other than to say that, while it is sometimes overly unobjective (Shirer many times calls Nazi leaders "dumb" and "fat" - though I won't come to their defense) and lacks balanced pacing (the "fall" of the third reich only takes about 3 of the book's 57 hours to get through), it is a timeless, comprehensive chronicle and arguably the first book one should read if setting off to understand the history of Nazi Germany.
That said, Grover Gardner's narration is masterful. The tone of his voice and the quality of its recording are immaculate. Gardner does a wonderful job in pronunciations, and his pace is very well balanced. During my time with the audiobook, I began to hear Gardner's voice in my head when I read other things. Which was a very welcome thing.
a most excellent and complete book on Hitler's Germany. I've read as many books as I could get a hold of on Hitler's Germany, and I've watched every documentary I can find on Hitler's Germany. This book contains a nearly complete history of that. However it does lack certain information that we've learned since the fall of the Soviet Union and the opening of their archives. that said, this information was not available to the offer at that time. none the less, it is available to us now. that's my only detracting statement of the book. a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining story
This is a classic history of the origins of World War Two, with lots of first-hand insight from the author, who was a journalist in Europe at the time. The performance is good and the subject matter is interesting, but you might want to ask yourself if you *really* want to listen to a sixty hour audiobook about diplomatic negotiation. I did not think I would have any problem with it----- I like long histories on audio and had just finished reading Shirer's other long book "Collapse of the Third Republic", which I enjoyed.
But I found "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" extremely tedious and gave up on it about 30 hours in. Part of the problem may be that there is a lot of boring background information early on. Long sections about the early history of the Nazi party and the development of Aryan racial theory which you might skim rapidly through on the page become, in an audiobook, multi-hour long lectures piped into your ear in. I found it hard to take even while cycling.
There's a lot a good information here. There's nothing wrong with the performance. I just did not find it worthwhile in audiobook form.
the tremendous amount of information provided in this book gives a detailed View into the rise of Adolf Hitler and his government. Absolutely fascinating read. if we do not understand the mistakes of the past we are doomed to repeat them.
A gripping story from start to finish. If you enjoy longer, more detailed stories then this is for you!
There are some disturbing parallels between our current political climate (here in America) and the policies implemented, with popular support, in the 20's and 30's of the Weimar Republic.