The story was very dry & the narrator made it worse.
There was nothing that made me excited to keep reading. Nothing was engaging and I didn't care about the characters.
The narrator did nothing to use inflection or to give the story life. There were no different voices or any real acting. It was a monotone and a big disappointment
"I can't wait to get to the end of this book"
This was my third Erik Larson novel. I know he is a best seller but I'm not going to try anymore. Three novels is a fair chance.
early modern historian
As a historian I already knew about place for German is in the 19 thirties so Larson's account of the ambassador and his daughter was not news to me. His recounting of their struggles with Nazism is interesting. His best book remains the one on the Chicago World's Fair and the serial murderer.
Real life drama with much melancholy and failure. Not for the Hallmark channel. Filler words for stupid length requirement, ummm.
Lovely poetic title to this true story. Larson has captured the nobility and hidden dreams of the American ambassador and his family during Hitler's rise to power in Berlin, against evil,silent backdrop of a country being overtaken.
A lover of history, of art, of storytelling and of the people behind all of these things.
Insights into the rise of Hitler from the perspective of our Ambassador to the country while he and his family were stationed in Berlin. Fascinating insights.
This book was hard for me to stop listening to, it grabbed me on a visceral level. Interested in seeing the movie after hearing this accout. I loved it very much there is no Facebook type whitewash anywhere. The account from the narrator was a god job. I still ran the speed at 1.5. I will reflect for a long time about the meaning of this story in light of current events.