Being fairly new to Audio Books I have listened to 13 book by authors such as Tom Clancy, Tom Lutz, Vince Flynn and Lee Child. Being interested in the Second World War is what drew me to listening to this book. Never really getting into reading non-fiction works I was truly surprised at how thoroughly I enjoyed this listen.
Listening to how Hitler so easily manipulated some of the most well-known statesmen of that period.
I cannot say there was any particular scene that I could call my favourite. Knowing half truths about the war, my eyes were certainly opened when I listened to a more in depth history of what actually occurred. Learning about the characters was for me fascinating as I did not realise the complexity of some of them.
I listened to this book in my car, to and from work. I often, once I reached my destination sat and listened to the tale until time constraints forced me to switch off.
A must listen for younger listeners who have an interest in the war.
The reader has a great voice that is easy to listen to. It was long but very engaging. I thought I was knowledgeable about WW 2 but I learned a great deal from this book. I highly recommend this for any history fan.
An epic historical masterpiece. This is one of the best works of non-fiction I've ever read.
Gardner's performance is pretty close to perfect in its tone and cadence. He is understated and very matter of fact, but does a fantastic job of mirroring the author's own tone.
Yes. To be reminded of that time in history so as not to repeat it.
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Both were heroic and appalling-mans capacity for good and evil.
The whole narrative was excellent but I suppose the final fall was the most satisfying.
The book should be read or listened to by everyone that loves freedom. Grover Gardner's narration was superb!
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
I found this very indepth and well researched
I will be listening to Mao, and Che Guvera over the coming months and I believe this will compare with them
I actually heard Grover on another reading, that too was a long book Stephen King's the Stand and decided to read this both for the history and Grover being the performer. He has made the journey easier.
No, far too long and in depth to listen in one go
I decide to listen to this becuase of the knowledge of Hitler and the Nazi's I had from various readings and history did not detail his rise and history in such detail. Enjoyable and lets hope something like this is never repeated again.
Tell us about yourself!
Many. The depths of evil are almost unbelievable.
Excellent. He has a voice and manner that make you think of a great teacher you once had.
It was easy to follow even considering its length. There were no real low points.
History is our greatest teacher. We should not forget the travesties that happened such a short time ago. There are still evil people in the world. They're waiting for an uneducated and undiscerning populace to to rule.
This book shows, so clearly, just how gullable a populace can be. Listen and learn.
5 stars - books that I will listen to again and again. 4 stars - books that I might listen to again someday. 3 stars - books that I probably won't listen to again. 2 stars - books that I know I will never listen to again. 1 star - books that I should have never listened to in the first place.
If you could read ONLY ONE non-fiction book on Nazi Germany, this has got to be the book that you read!
Firstly, William L. Shirer was NOT a Jew. I have read several postings and critiques of his work on the internet that incorrectly state that he was a Jew - WRONG! Shirer was born in Chicago in 1904 and was raised a Protestant. He attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, graduating in 1925. After which, Shirer worked his way to Europe on a cattle boat to spend the summer there, he ended up remaining in Europe for 15 years.
Shirer was the European correspondent for the Chicago Tribune from 1925 to 1932, where he lived and worked in France. From 1934 to 1940, Shirer lived and worked in Germany during the rise of the Third Reich. As such, this book is a product of its times and one must keep in mind that the horror of the Nazi regime was still very fresh in the mind of the author, as well as the minds of the world. This book was first published in 1960 (roughly 15 years after the end of WWII) and is considered the definitive record of the twentieth century’s blackest hours.
This book was and still is the BEST, first attempt at a history of Nazi Germany. Shirer's sources include the personal diaries of several of the highest-ranking Nazis and records from the Nuremberg Trials. He also had plenty of face-to-face time with the men who were the architects of the greatest war in modern history. The detail with which Shirer wrote his book and the unspeakable evil that was Hitler's Germany is at times almost too much to take. Some of the descriptions, particularly towards the end are simply horrifying. Shirer puts the reader in the front row, giving many an explanation as to why so many Germans were so willing to be taken in by Hitler. And even though the book starts out a bit slow, towards the end you won't want to stop reading/listening to this almost unbelievable history. I say almost unbelievable because it DID happen, it had happened previously in ALBANIA, it happened afterwards in BOSNIA and it is most likely to happen AGAIN. Throughout history there has NEVER been a lack of evil perpetrated by man and I personally don't foresee the future being very much different in that aspect.
This was the second time I have read/listened to this book. The first time I picked it up was in 1979 while living in England. You cannot imagine how much better it is to read this book over thirty years later with a much more mature and discriminating mind. Not to mention that I have had the opportunity over these past 30 years to visit many of the places mentioned in this book and several concentration camps in Germany and Poland. Scholars have been citing this book for over 50 years, and in my opinion this book really stands the test of time. If you have any interest whatsoever in the inner workings of Nazi Germany, read/listen to this book. The detail is mind-blowing and the FACTS still seem incomprehensible. I dare you NOT to be horrified by this incredible non-fiction, history book.
Grover Gardner does an exceptional job at narrating this immense work of historic fact. This book is easily a five star listen, worth every single minute of my time invested and I am sure to listen to it again.
I think that William Shirer suffered from the perspective of being too close to a situation to be able to explain it succinctly.
From this book I learned a lot about Hitler's background, how he rose to power in Germany, and now have fair understanding of the state-of-mind of the average German at that time (as well as seeing the stance of many international leaders of the day). Yet, after 40+ hours I have reached my limit.
This book was exhausting to listen to. I found my thoughts wandering away from the story as it delved deeper into details, despite my best efforts to concentrate and stay on-topic. I had a hard time when people were mentioned in context, of whom I had never heard before, but who were being spoken about as if they were a household name. So while I thought about them, the story moved on... and I moved further and further away... until I would lose the thread altogether. The author was certainly passionate enough about his subject, but that could not save the history lesson from becoming boring at times, which did not help my cause any.
With that said, this book would add a wonderful addition of first-hand knowledge/insights from an experienced journalist, to the reader/listener who already has a fair knowledge of the events surrounding Hitler, WWI and WWII.
thorough, written by a journalist who was in Germany during Hitler's rise. a must read for any serious student of the 20th century.
classic reader of the very best sort. this is one you can put in your pipe and smoke for a while, go over again. think about, not a quick read, only a must read and study...
very long no can do at one time.
Shirer has the benefit of actually being present to witness the rise and fall of the Third Reich. His narrative voice held my interest throughout this relatively long book. Grover Gardner is one of the best narrators I have heard. His work here and on Shelby Foote's series on the Civil War is outstanding