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  • Hitler: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ian Kershaw
    • Narrated By Alan Robertson
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    Hailed as the most compelling biography of the German dictator yet written, Ian Kershaw's Hitler brings us closer than ever before to the heart of its subject's immense darkness. From his illegitimate birth in a small Austrian village to his fiery death in a bunker under the Reich chancellery in Berlin, Adolf Hitler left a murky trail, strewn with contradictory tales and overgrown with self-created myths. One truth prevails: the sheer scale of the evils that he unleashed on the world has made him a demonic figure without equal in the 20th century.

    Christopher says: "Superb, well crafted and well narrated."
    "Language matters"
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    What did you love best about Hitler?

    Depth of content, details and dates. It's all here.


    What other book might you compare Hitler to and why?

    While it compares to any extensively researched biography, "Hitler" cannot hide the writer's not uncommon bias against the dictator. The only biographies I've read with comparable distasteful of the subject were about Magda Goebbles or about Unity Valkyrie Mitford.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Inexcusable error: the reader has a painful inability pronounce the German words. Understandably there are a lot of German nouns. This reader manages to butcher most especially frequently repeated nouns. I'm no stickler for German correctness, but I'm not deaf either - however I might wish to be in this case

    Compounding the trouble: in English the reader comes off as affected, pompous even. Helpfully, the sharp edge does dull a bit by part2.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Alas no, the reader made that impossible. Still I would love to read it all in one go.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for trying

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