Few moments in history are as stirring as the Allied liberation of Paris. Yet few people are aware of how narrowly, and how miraculously, the city escaped Hitler's secret plan to reduce it to ashes. Is Paris Burning? reconstructs, in meticulous and riveting detail, the network of fateful events, day by day, moment by moment, that saved the City of Light.
Best-selling authors and renowned journalists Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre spent three years researching this stirring book. They drew on French Resistance radio messages, German military records, and secret correspondence between de Gaulle, Churchill, Roosevelt, and Eisenhower. They tracked down and interviewed countless people: soldiers, civilians, Allied generals, and even the Nazi commandant who helped Paris fight for her life. And they re-created the drama, the fervor, and the triumph that heralded one of the most dramatic events of our time.
©1965 Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre; (P)1994 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Is Paris Burning? is researched with meticulous and riveting detail, well narrated, and certain to keep you intrigued." (AudioFile)
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As World War II came to a close a variety of groups had plans and strategies for the ensuing months. While we all know how the war ended, the details of these days and story of these players gave me a greater appreciation for their commitments to country and courage. If you enjoy history of this period and haven't read much of the final months specific to the liberation of Paris, I think you will find this book fascinating. This was a fast paced story (as was the march to Paris). The book sets a tone and is so fully detailed that it does seem to place the reader in the midst of these days. Information presented about the Nazi general in Paris and his thoughts about his role were very surprising and gave me new insight. The narration is very good, much as you would expect from a good documentary. Vive le France!
Listened to this as part of a self-imposed history crash course before a trip to Paris. Great book, ageless. I had no clue until about midway thru it (when it occurred to me there is no way these people were still alive to interview) that it was written in the 60s. Couple of downsides - it was extremely hard to follow some of the segments via audio due to all the many players, no map - and my total lack of knowledge around anything related to the military. Also, the narrator was great at character voices, but left a lot to be desired everywhere else. Still very worth it, especially the last of the 3 parts.
It's hard to believe that that this book got written. Collins & Lapierre have left no stone unturned. Everyone, whether a big or a small player in this dramatic story, has been interviewed. As a result, the book is a gripping account not of just the big event - the liberation of Paris - but the hundreds of people involved and their emotions, actions and rationale during the days and weeks leading up to the Allied forces entering the city.
The reader is somewhat arch and this detracts somewhat from the story - but not very much and I wouldn't let that deter you. It's a wonderful tale that reads almost like a novel. And it's very intense.
Very compelling history. I had no idea how close Paris had come to destruction, saved by a German general disobeying direct orders from Hitler, and diverting allied troops intent on bypassing Paris on their way to Berlin.
I found the narrator's voice distracting. Plus the story jumped around so much with so many characters I felt lost quite often.
I found his voice very annoying.
The topic is fascinating but unfortunately given how complicated it was a clearer story line would have been better.
While the subject matter is about the extraordinary heroism displayed by "regular people", the narrator's feminine, pompous upper-class presentation completely destroys any opportunity to enjoy the author's work. Nobody enjoys hearing anyone talk about themselves incessantly, and yet the narrator has hijacked an event involving four countries, and made it about himself.
This is just awful.
If audible customers are unable to stomach a purchased item for more than 10 minutes, can we request an exchange for a book that is treated seriously?
This is a 4-star book read with a one-star accent. I can normally overlook a readers style but this one was truly annoying. The reader has a british accent and seemed to be snearing down his nose at everything this book was about. Why a british reader was used is beyond me, the book is about French, German and American personnel. A baffling choice that nearly ruined what is a great book.
The other reviewers truly cover the basics of the book and there is little I can add to their comments.
The book I can recommend, but read it - don't try listening to it.
The reader sound like a snobby butler with his nose up in the air - like the food critic on Frasier. His voice is so irritating that I couldn't stand listening to it for 20 minutes, let alone 20 hours. I am very disappointed because I love these authors' work.
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