As long as this book is, I was never bored in the listen. As I worked or while I drove or even chores around the house, this book is very good. I am always watching history on the educational channels and this was as good as any. A bad time, an evil time in German history, you come to understand how one man was able to come to power at the right place and right time, for him that is, not for the world.
It's long and the first few hours are a bit slow but it is well worth the time to listen. I like history but thought my knowledge of WWII was enough for me to understand its importance. After listening to this book, I am beginning to sense that I knew very little. Listening to this while on work/vacation in Poland made me regret my lack of understanding. It is the kind of work that makes you want to learn more and more.
My only minor criticism was that the narrator did not attempt to do an impersonation of Churchill. Churchill's speeches are memorable and inspiring but are more appreciated in that unique voice. Check out 'The Storm of War' for a few good examples.
Firstly, to addresss the length question, while a long book, it holds your attention throughout. More importantly, simply one of the best (and most important) pieces of history I have had the pleasure to read.
there are no words to describe the awfulness of these events. so instead i will comment on the performance. i was held spellbound over the period of about the week it took me to listen to this. a superlative performance of a brilliantly written piece of literature. a masterpiece of modern history.
I remember reading bits of this when I was younger. The book was so dense that I found the idea of reading the whole thing too daunting. However I kept coming back to it for historical research and began to view it as nice roadmap to that tragic era. I just finished listening to the totality of it and I am still impressed. The work has a point of view. That the nazi regime was murderous, criminal, and a low point for humanity. The works of the nazi themselves go a long way to bolstering Shirer's point of view. However he keeps his temper in check while recounting the events that led up to WWII and the catastrophic end of the 3rd Reich. As time goes by this work will only get more important since its author was there, in Berlin, during the rise of that regime. This not an opinion piece. In many ways the story is told through the captured Nazi documents that are oft quoted and printed in their entirety. The most damning condemnations of the 3rd Reich are in the actual words of its adherents.
excellent source of knowledge and understanding of the mind and attitude of Nazi Germany, well written, very well read and a nice flow to the story, even thou a bit long at times it was hard to stop listening.
highly recommended for any one intersted in history
Easily the best and most detailed history of the Nazi era. I thought I knew a ton about the Third Reich! Truth is I learned much more after listening to this intense and well written (read) audio book. The Narration was perfect as well. Invest in this book!!!! Easily the best investment you will make if you love history and war history.
When I was in high school (mid '60s) the paperback version was a must read by numerous classmates. The shear size of the book kept me away for 45 years. The advertised length (57 hours +) of the Audible version was a concern but price is attractive and I loved Shirer's "Berlin Diary" so I downloaded this version.
It's hard to imagine but the 57 hours flew by. The narration is smooth, well paced, and informed. The story-line is chilling. I too noticed Shirer's few moments of homophobia but that was limited to but a few sentences and addressed those in "the enemy" (possible rationalization, I know).
I loved this audio book. It's likely you will also.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in history. The personal anecdotes give the whole book an amazing quality of personal narrative, while conveying a huge amount of information regarding WWII in the European theatre. I have meant to read this book for some 40 years, wish I had done it sooner. The narration is also excellent.
Just finished it. It has absorbed my mind for many days as I got through it all (and replayed various parts). Everyone else has already provided the accolades (for both Shirer and Grover) so I wont repeat them. It covers such sweeping breadth and yet provides a personal immediacy in the narrative that captures you from start to finish. It also provides an all important (and timeless) message about the frailty of freedom and the terrible consequences if it is lost.