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Michael

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  • Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934–1941

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (163)

    By the acclaimed journalist and New York Times best-selling author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, this day-by-day eyewitness account of the momentous events leading up to World War II in Europe is the private, personal, utterly revealing journal of a great foreign correspondent.

    Sandy says: "Rivetting listening experience"
    "Great book, not the right medium."
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    Shirer is great. I really enjoyed his massive tome on the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, and I really enjoyed this, too. Unfortunately, I really wished I had the text for this one. I really liked the story, but a diary like this exists in the twilight world between narrative and reference, and getting it from Audible only really allows you to get the narrative, because it's value as a reference is drastically diminished by the fact that you can't flip through it or search the text. I suppose I could spend a week going through and placing bookmarks and abstracts at the beginning of each entry, but that isn't going to happen soon. So as a story, I highly recommended it, but as an audiobook I would say that you really need to consider what you want it for, because the medium's inherent limitations may get in the way.

    BTW, I want to make it clear that I have no problem with the narrator. I gave it low marks on performance, but that is only because it seemed like the best category under which to reflect my ambivalence.

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