There was a previous review here that described the story something like "Mr Burns (from the Simpson's cartoon) and Paris Hilton go to Nazi Germany." I thought that a bit harsh and ignored it. Unfortunately it was pretty accurate.
I was looking for a narrative about life during the rise of Nazi Germany. This was more a history lesson (admittedly quite detailed) about two quite unlikeable Americans sent to live in Berlin during that time. It was more a straight history book. Dodd is portrayed as being ineffectual and of no impact politically while his daughter seems to have spent her time sleeping with everybody BUT Hitler.
There are some interesting facts and portrayals. But overall, it was a lot of my time dedicated to precious little enlightenment and even less enjoyment.
Narrator was the only thing I li ked. about this book, It was a dull depiction of an terrible time ,
This account of the rise of Nazi power made my hair stand on end at times. Frightening. Evil.
Sadly, I'm not sure that humanity has learned the lessons of that time, of history.
This book is a must read.
No one can take historical events and spin them into such good reads as Eric Larson. This personal account of one family's experience of the nazification of Germany is not only fascinating but also a cautionary tale for our own time as demonization of immigrants, foreigners and other minorities has become acceptable in our political discourse.
Interesting book and well-read as far as tempo and intonation are concerned. But why can't an American reader inform himself on the right pronunciation of the numerous German words? He almost always gets it wrong, sometimes laughably so, and often it takes quite some time to figure out what he's trying to say. It detracts from a reasonably good performance.
The narrator doesn't speak German, which proved to be quite annoying. It makes one cringe anytime he tries saying names etc. In German... Otherwise it's an extremely important book, everyone should read it to get a better understanding of events leading up to WW2.