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Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier, 1936-1949 | [Siegfried Knappe, Ted Brusaw]

Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier, 1936-1949

A German soldier during World War II offers an inside look at the Nazi war machine, using his wartime diaries to describe how a ruthless psychopath motivated an entire generation of ordinary Germans to carry out his monstrous schemes.
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A German soldier during World War II offers an inside look at the Nazi war machine, using his wartime diaries to describe how a ruthless psychopath motivated an entire generation of ordinary Germans to carry out his monstrous schemes.

©1992 Siegfried Knappe Charles T. Brusaw (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Chrobry 08-15-15
    Chrobry 08-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Sad, gripping, truthful, Human."
    What made the experience of listening to Soldat the most enjoyable?

    The storyline, but the presentation was really good as well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Human take on the subject. Knappe didn't beat around the bush, he didn't try to justify what happened, he didn't try to escape blame, he simply related the story and allowed reader to make his own mind up.
    When Knappe said he knew nothing about the Death Camps it is certain he was telling the truth. Why? Because of how the story is told and what is in it. It is difficult to explain without listening to it.


    What does John Wray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great presenter! His voice for this book was darn near perfect.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes many, his longing for his wife was probably the saddest, but so was his description of how his brother died. I am not ashamed to say that I shed quite a few tears in this book, and could feel Knappe frustration as he was in Soviet camp. When he got out...wow that's all I can say.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have any interest in WW2 and are willing to give a German soldier a break (as oppose to just believe they were all evil) listen to this book.

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    Dustin Palmer 08-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wunderbar!"
    What did you love best about Soldat?

    It is great to get a German soldiers perspective of the war. It is easy to demonize the German military during WWII, but in the end, soldiers are soldiers who take commands and execute them. I often wondered if the soldiers ended up taking on the perspectives of their Nazi leaders. Some did, but what this book confirmed was that war is ugly and evil, but it brings out both the good and the bad. Herr Knappe perspective helped paint a better picture.


    What other book might you compare Soldat to and why?

    I don't have a frame of reference for this book, but I'm hoping in the future I do. I'm looking into books from the Japanese soldier's perspective of WWII.


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

    I have not listened to any of John Wray's other performances, but I loved his performance here. Never got boring and his accents were great!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not all of us agree with evil.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was well worth my time.

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    Michael L. Keefe Washington DC 01-15-15
    Michael L. Keefe Washington DC 01-15-15 Member Since 2013

    Thunder, Perfect

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    "Robotic Narration"

    Great story- 6 stars. Narrator was flat as as the sheets from which he read. It's almost as though he deliberately avoided any inflection so as not to lead anyone to believe he had any sympathy for the author and his story. Oh well. Rare to find axis memoirs on audio- recommend.

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    A. M. 09-14-14
    A. M. 09-14-14

    Geopolitics, history, and philosophy junkie. I love smoothly flowing prose that moves me effortlessly from one idea to the next.

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    "A dry and clinical recount of history"
    Any additional comments?

    In typical German fashion, the story unfolds in a very clinical and sterile way like a battlefield report. I did appreciate some of the details, especially the last days in Berlin at Hitler's bunker, but overall I felt myself wanting for some feeling or philosophical enlightenment on the war itself.I felt there was more to the story despite the author's best attempts to downplay his knowledge (and perhaps culpability) of Nazi atrocities. It's hard for me to rationalize such ignorance considering he was an officer in the general staff.

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    Bailey EL LAGO, TX, United States 08-31-14
    Bailey EL LAGO, TX, United States 08-31-14 Member Since 2011

    bhankiii

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    "a soldier's diary"

    Certainly one of the best books on WWII that I've read. It's much more a soldier's diary than "a shocking look inside Hitler's war machine", although there is inevitably some of that. It follows Knappe from the end of high school through the army's battles - Poland, France, Italy, USSR, the final days in Hitler's bunker and Berlin, and his capture and imprisonment by the Soviets for the 4 years following the war. Along the way we glimpse the European countryside and German gentile culture, family life, love and marriage, as well as disillusionment and disbelief at the tragedy and horrors inflicted both by, and on, Germany.

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    Jason WESTMINSTER, CO, United States 05-06-14
    Jason WESTMINSTER, CO, United States 05-06-14
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    "A bit Dry"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book but I am a WW2 History buff. The book is very dry and not much in the way of building a story. more information then anything else. It was what I expected. A German soldiers account of WW2

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    John Hawthorne, CA 90250 04-05-14
    John Hawthorne, CA 90250 04-05-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Outstanding Book"
    What made the experience of listening to Soldat the most enjoyable?

    This was an interesting look at a soldier who made it through the entire war and Russian captivity - and came home.


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    jon Meridian, ID, United States 03-29-14
    jon Meridian, ID, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2011

    History enthusiast with military and legal background.

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    "Great facts, bad narrator"
    What did you like best about Soldat? What did you like least?

    I really enjoyed the description of life in Germany before, during and after the war. I found it fascinating that this man was in Hitlers bunker at the end, and his description of events is memorable.


    What didn’t you like about John Wray’s performance?

    This guys voice would bore you if he was reading Penthouse Forum. He is monotone and just plain bites.


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    Sam Motes Tampa 03-16-14
    Sam Motes Tampa 03-16-14 Listener Since 2009

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Explains support of Hitler"

    The utter patriotism of the soldier fighting for his country and his brothers in arms without the knowledge of the atrocities his government was committing makes for a very important read. The propaganda that kept the soldiers fighting to the bloody end shows the power of the media. This is a powerful read that goes along way to explain why millions of people followed Hitler.

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    wobbly WNC USA 03-03-14
    wobbly WNC USA 03-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "For me, a surprisingly interesting book"

    I don't usually enjoy books about war, but this book kept me interested throughout. The author seems to be a very honest person, although I still find it incomprehensible he could not have at least heard rumors of the concentration camps. His book, however, is very enlightening, being the memories of a soldier deeply engulfed in the German military and a prisoner of war even longer held by the Soviets.

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