the Author clearly researched this book to the utmost degree. The attention to detail and the story as it grew of the main characters - left me with a profound sadness for both sides of the terrible final weeks of WWII.
By weaving the real history with lives of everyday Berliners of all walks of life made it a thoroughly compelling read.
I must admit that the performance of Simon Vance really added something special to the experience of listening.
Had I been able to listen to the entire book in one sitting, I definitely would have.
Excellent writing and coverage of all facets of the campaign.
Lots of interesting details and behind the scene stories
Among the top 10.
Adolph Hitler. I enjoy his breakdown toward the end of the war and ultimate suicide. A taste of the suffering he put so many through.
Hitler's tirade upon meeting with his generals for one of the last times.
No. One can get a little bogged down in a couple of places with all the war details.
My biggest criticism is that the story line is fractured and will move between German citizens then American officers then German officers, etc. there is no apparent rhyme or reason as to how the story is to progress or an overall vision as to where it is going. The reason I kept listening was some of the amazing (usually horrifying) situations the German citizens and soldiers were facing. For example, the females getting their suicide plans together as the Russian army approaches.
I enjoyed the personal accounts of the Germans and the Russian officers.
Good narrator, enjoyed.
Can't see this as a story as is, too many people from different perspectives.
I enjoy audio books. One of my favorites "My Life In France" allows me to open any section anytime to become immersed in the joie de vivre!
The story was not what I had expected so I was a little disappointed. If does however give quite an accounting of the last days before the fall of Germany. It is collection of facts and accounts made into a long story. You do walk away with a much better idea of war and price paid by everyone.