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Hitler Audiobook

Hitler: A Biography

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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.

Ian Kershaw's Hitler brings us closer than ever before to the character of the bizarre misfit in his 30-year ascent from a Viennese shelter for the indigent to uncontested rule over the German nation that had tried and rejected democracy in the crippling aftermath of World War I. With extraordinary vividness, Kershaw recreates the settings that made Hitler's rise possible: the virulent anti-Semitism of prewar Vienna, the crucible of a war with immense casualties, the toxic nationalism that gripped Bavaria in the 1920s, the undermining of the Weimar Republic by extremists of the Right and the Left and the hysteria that accompanied Hitler's seizure of power in 1933 and then mounted in brutal attacks by his storm troopers on Jews and others condemned as enemies of the Aryan race.

In an account drawing on many previously untapped sources, Hitler metamorphoses from an obscure fantasist, a "drummer" sounding an insistent beat of hatred in Munich beer halls, to the instigator of an infamous failed putsch and, ultimately, to the leadership of a ragtag alliance of right-wing parties fused into a movement that enthralled the German people.

©1998 Ian Kershaw (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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    D. Van Den Elzen Nijmegen, Nederland/Netherlands 12-07-15
    D. Van Den Elzen Nijmegen, Nederland/Netherlands 12-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Well written, good performance."
    What did you love best about Hitler?

    I've been waiting for this book to appear on Audible for a long time. It was well written and well researched. I particularly liked the fact that Ian Kershaw contrast common explanations for the rise of Hitler with his own theories.


    Have you listened to any of Damian Lynch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Damian Lynch has a pleasant voice to listen to and a good command of german pronunciation. A captivating book and a joy to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Alex Lamb
    1/6/16
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    "Compelling enough but hard to stay focused on"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Time well spent? yes, of course. The subject matter is fascinating and told with a uniquely unbiased tone. My one critique would be the narrator's unfamiliarity with the text which seemed to cause unnecessary gaps when ending sentences or pronouncing longer words and an altogether deadpan recital.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Attention to detail. Being able to flesh out the myth into a personable man whilst avoiding the full-on supervillain approach of some others


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Damian Lynch?

    Perhaps someone more theatrical, capable of engaging with the listener just a little better.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Definitely, I think this would make a great film that stands alone from most other depictions of the man.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't get me wrong, the narration was just fine, but there were times I was being spoken at rather than being engaged with.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    Hove, East Sussex, United Kingdom
    4/21/16
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    "Comprehensive and meticulously researched"

    This book is clearly an incredible piece of work. However, I found the level of detail almost too much for an audio book and feel it would be more easily digested on the printed page. Unfortunately, this situation is not helped by the choice of narrator. In addition to mangling the pronunciation of a number of simple words Damian Lynch sounds like he is reading out a shopping list most of the time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • michael Billington
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    11/13/15
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    "Finally kershaw's masterpiece for uk audible"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hitler to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the print version is wonderful but is heavy going, Prefer the audio version


    What did you like best about this story?

    The chapters dealing with Hitler's early life. Fascinating to see the future Nazi leader as he lives the life of a wastrel and layabout.


    Which character – as performed by Damian Lynch – was your favourite?

    Found the narration to be excellent all round


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The chapter dealing with the holocaust and the awful suffering that was planned and inflicted on innocent people.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a one volume abridgement of Kershaw's original two volume set, even still it is the best biography of Hitler. Goes some of the way to explaining how Hitler came to rule in Germany and how he was able to cause the suffering he did. Extremely glad to have this available to us in the UK.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/24/16
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    "A licked Hitler"

    A superb performance with excellent pronunciation of the many technical terms and titles. A feat of endurance to listen to, given the content, but well worth sticking with it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mjh_taichi
    11/13/15
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    "Worth the wait"
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    An excellent book. Thank you Sir Ian for writing it, and to aubible for making it available to UK customers

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • D. Kelly
    London
    12/20/15
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    "Outstanding biography of a purely evil regime"

    In depth, Informative and compelling
    This biography of Hitler and the third Reich surpasses anything else written previously about this man and this moment in history. The sheer barbarity of the regime is compelling and that a country as civilised and cultured as Germany could be enthralled by theses gangsters for more than a decade makes one fear that it could happen anywhere and again
    A highly recommended read for anyone interested in history and the fragility of political life!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Buzzzb
    9/15/16
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    "Engrossing "

    A masterful piece of work that recounts how a failed and insignificant artist from Austria could come to power and lead a civilised country to war and encourage many to plummet the depths of inhumanity. Using a range of evidence from historical events and recounts of eyewitnesses the text flowed and keep me engrossed from start to finish.

    I find the narrator was excellent and kept my attention throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • satansengineer
    8/29/16
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    "stunning piece of Work"

    great insight , great book . unfortunately I now have to read his other works

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. R. D. Cox
    London
    8/10/16
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    "irrational egotism"

    the attitudes of modern boardrooms shown by the upper echelons of the Nazi party make this a timeless piece

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • B. Whelan
    UK
    8/5/16
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    "Not the best bio"

    I would avoid this one and listen to the rise and fall if the third reich instead

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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