What a fantastic book this ended up being! To step inside the world of the ambassador and his family and view the rise of Nazi power from their vantage point. The author makes it very clear that this is not meant to be a complete history of the 3rd Reich but rather a small snapshot of some events that were witnessed. I found it riveting. The narrator Stephen Hoye was one of the best I have heard so far. PERFECT for this sort of book.
An interesting listen of a American Diplomats family life in Germany and USA's isolation policies at the time.
Erik Larson has set the bar very high for himself. Devil InThe White City and Thunderstruck were wonderful reads as was Isaac's Storm to a lesser extent. In The Garden of Beasts is not very engaging and it's characters are relatively uninteresting. The topic is also very tired.
I would recommend any of his other books over this one. It's really not worth the read.
Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.
I would definitely listen again if only to make sure I didn't miss anything.
Unfortunately my memorable moments in this book were not happy ones. I will never forget how our government turned a blind eye concerning Hitler. Roosevelt indeed was a purely political buffoon.
When people finally admitted William E. Dodd had been correct all along.
Even though you already know the ending, this book is well worth the listen. It moves fast, and Erik Larson's ability to tell a story is amazing. The narrator, Stephen Hoye has a wonderful voice.
This author took what had to be an exciting time in Germany and reduced it to boredom. I thought that this book might shed some light on every day life during this time, instead it was a book about a ill-suited diplomat who was appointed by a distracted president and his boring time in Berlin. The only intrigue (if you can call it such) was his daughter's lack of morality and insistence on bedding just about everyone she came into contact with. There was no suspense, no great turning point for the family but just a boring account of probably the only boring diplomat in the world. The Night of Long Knives is reduced to a lackadaisical happening. I've heard good things about Larson. I had heard him compared to Hillenbrand; it isn't a fair comparison as he isn't in the same league. I hope this isn't his best work but based on this I won't be reading anything else written by Larson.
I enjoy listening to books much more than reading. My favorite genres would be sci fi, history and fiction.
If they were wanting a historical viewpoint on Germany prior to WWII then yes.
Overall this book was more like listening to a lecture than a story.
It is already a movie which I haven't seen.
I read a lot of history and this book is well done. It actually only covers a couple of years but they represent the time that Hitler's true self was becoming known. For those not familiar with the process it is an interesting journey. The book is seen through the experiences of the Amercian Ambassador and his family.
Each time I read about this time in history I am amazed by our own lack of empathy for the Jewish people at this time. Different time and place.
A good read, well presented.
I was lucky to stumble across on of Mr. Larson's books (Devil in the White City). I immediately loved his writing style. I listened to this audible and remained glued to it. I will probably sit down and actually read this book so that I can gain a much more deeper insight to history.
Like Larson's "Devil in a White City" I struggled with lack of interest in some of the story lines. I enjoyed the thorough history through "slice of life" perspective of the rise of Hitler (a topic that I had not previously studied in my extensive WWII reading). I did not care for the excessive infighting in the diplomatic core. This was also my first foray into audiobooks and found that listening to portions that i was not fully enjoying was much easier than reading through them... I will definitely be using audiobooks for nonfiction reading again... Particularly because it turns my commute and exercise time into learning time.
not at all
performance was dry
the historical aspect was interesting enough to get me to stick with it much longer then I wanted.