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Hans

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  • Twelve Days: The Story of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Victor Sebestyen
    • Narrated By Rick Reitz
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    (14)
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    In Twelve Days: The Story of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising, Victor Sebestyen vividly recreates not only the days of the uprising but the events, meetings and days that led up to it. He goes back to give us snapshots of seminal moments in history that would decide Hungary's fate, such as the October 9, 1944, meeting in the Kremlin with Churchill or October 15, 1949, a day that marked the execution of Laszlo Rajk, a fierce Stalinist and one of the chief architect's of Hungary's police state and the beginning of the Bolsheviks starting "to devour [their] own children".

    Hans says: "Frustrating"
    "Frustrating"
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    If you speak Hungarian, or at least know how to pronounce Hungarian names, this book will drive you crazy. The reader has no idea how the Hungarian alphabet should be pronounced in English. But let's not blame the Rick Reitz. It's the producer's fault that Rick wasn't given a text where the Hungarian names and words, used in nearly every sentence of this book, were correctly transliterated so that he could have read them they way they should be said. István = Ishtvahn, Sándor = Shandor, Rákoczi = Rakotsee, not Rakoshee and Kádár is Kadar not KaRdar! Unbelievable, disrespectful.

    But if you can tolerate the carelessness that led to the bad pronunciation, or if you don't know any better yourself, then this is a fascinating story of a tragic period of European history that should not be forgotten, for these events continue to influence events in Europe today.

    Rick is an expressive reader with a pleasant voice that brings the atrocities told about in this book to life.

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