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The Gestapo: A History of Horror

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The Gestapo: A History of Horror is a thoroughly researched and ultimately terrifying in-depth study of the inner workings of history's most ruthless and deadly secret police. Jacques Delarue, former member of the French resistance, combines firsthand accounts from his own run-ins with the Gestapo with information from countless interviews and primary documents. The Gestapo: A History of Horror is excellently performed by Eric Brooks whose clear and methodical narration conveys the weight of one of history's greatest tragedies.

Publisher's Summary

A history of Nazi Germany's secret police written by one of their victims, with a new introduction by the author.

From 1933 to 1945, the Gestapo was Nazi Germany's chief instrument of counter-espionage, political suppression, and terror. Jacques Delarue, a saboteur arrested by the Nazis in occupied France, chronicles how the land of Beethoven elevated sadism to a fine art. The Gestapo: A History of Horror draws upon Delarue's interviews with ex-Gestapo agents to deliver a multi-layered history of the force whose work included killing student resisters, establishing Aryan eugenic unions, and implementing the Final Solution. This is a probing look at the Gestapo and the fanatics and megalomaniacs who made it such a successful and heinous organization: Barbie, Eichmann, Himmler, Heydrich, Mller. The Gestapo's notorious reign led to the murder of millions. The Gestapo is an important documentation of what they did and how they did it.

©1962 Histoire de la Gestapo by Jacques Delarue, World copyright ibrarie Arthème Fayard, 1962. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Peter OHandley Chilliwack, British Columbia, CA 04-27-13
    Peter OHandley Chilliwack, British Columbia, CA 04-27-13 Member Since 2015

    Redeemed

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    "Once read never fogotten!!"
    Where does The Gestapo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great book. It reveals the Gestapo as it was, as it became, and what it caused - the uncountable lives that this wickness has consumed!!! Please after reading this book THINK the next time you or someone else calls someone, organization, and Government NAZIS GESTAPO what it really means - after reading this you will be changed.

    This book is without peers for it reveals what once was a power for evil that once rule the huge land mass of EUROPE! This must never happen again!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gestapo?

    How the people so willing give up their freedom


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

    Excellent dictation and tone, he was terrific!


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

    Yes, it makes me realize that todays persons do not want to know, do not care to know as it could not happen again - sad so very sad!


    Any additional comments?

    Please buy and read

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    The Kindler 05-15-15
    The Kindler 05-15-15 Member Since 2014

    I like to read and listen to Science, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Military, History, and Thillers.

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    "Interesting Information but...."
    Where does The Gestapo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was okay but hard to stay interested because of the narrator but not the worst I have heard.


    Any additional comments?

    I love WW2 and the stories of the Allies and the Axis and this one had really good info but not they best. I still recommend it....at least once.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    bethany SALEM, NH, United States 06-15-14
    bethany SALEM, NH, United States 06-15-14 Member Since 2015

    birds and more birds

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    What did you like best about this story?

    the background information was well done


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Eric Brooks?

    anyone


    Any additional comments?

    truly the information was interesting but the narrator killed it for me

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Herndon, VA, United States 10-17-14
    Kevin Herndon, VA, United States 10-17-14 Member Since 2011

    Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work

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    "Remembering the Gestapo"

    This is a very good history - if a little dated - of the Gestapo. It was written in the late 40s and early 50s when the allies were still learning about the overall history of the Gestapo. This book really demonstrates the total lack of humanity exercised by the Gestapo (if one needed a reminder). It is disturbing to look around today and see just how close society can get to that level - for very similar reasons. It showed just how much in-fighting there was in the german high command and almost how childish they became - except that this all takes place of the absolute horror they created.

    The reader is very good. Good historical book to read - but we all know it does not have a happy ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Tyler 02-27-14
    J. Tyler 02-27-14
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    "Interesting, but awful to listen to"
    Would you try another book from Jacques Delarue and Mervyn Savill (translator) and/or Eric Brooks?

    Maybe. The content was all well-researched and contained a few tidbits that were new to me (I've read/listened avidly to WWII books). It is an interesting blend of small details and big events that makes the narrative come alive. However (and this is a big one) it seriously lacks in punctuation. I don't know if the original version contained so many run-on sentences, if the translator failed, or if the narrator just inserted pauses whenever he wanted but it felt like 5 minute sentences. These odd pauses made it is really hard to concentrate and I kept losing the train of thought. The narrator would also insert long awkward pauses before almost all German words (and there are quite a few of those). I wanted to like this, I really tried to listen to it, but overall it was just hard to follow the narrative.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 07-25-14
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 07-25-14 Member Since 2014

    OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!

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    "AWFUL, AWFUL NARRATOR!!!"

    I downloaded this book as part of Amazon.com's unlimited streaming promotion. I'm glad I'm doing the 30-day free trial because I would have been so mad if I'd paid for this title or used one of my Audible credits. Listening to this book was like seeing a really gruesome car crash - you're appalled by the tragedy but you just can't look away. The subject matter, while unconscionable, is still of great historic value. But narrator Eric Brooks is so awful that I honestly thought he got this gig only because Amazon.com put a notice on its employee cafeteria bulletin board soliciting people who could READ! Brooks can barely do that, much less be competitive with such great male NARRATORS - not READERS - like Simon Vance, John Lee, Dion Graham, and Simon Prebble, just to name a few. He stumbled over words and mispronounced so many that the whole thing became ludicrous! I tried to hang in for several hours, hoping Brooks would hit his stride because I really wanted to know more about the subject matter. But listening to him is like insisting on natural childbirth in spite of enduring a long, difficult, and PAINFUL labor. Hey, you can do it but WHY when there's an epidural waiting in the wings! I gave the author the benefit of the doubt because this book can also be downloaded to your Kindle app for old school reading. That way you can avoid Eric Brooks and hopefully find a decent story.

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    Heather B New Mexico, United States 06-22-16
    Heather B New Mexico, United States 06-22-16
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    "Dated, but still worth consideration"

    Also, written for a French audience, and there is an obvious focus on France, at the expense of the other regions in which the Gestapo operated.

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    Preston 03-02-16
    Preston 03-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great History Book Terrible Narrator"

    Slightly out of date but it was well paced and I never felt confused as to where in history we were or whom we were delving into. Even if learned a little something here and honestly all I was thinking throughout the book is "I can't wait to read it again"!

    Okay so I also read that the narrator was terrible and I usually never care nor believe when people say that a narrator is that bad... I believe now! At first I didn't even notice and thought he did a good job but I realized that I still had the narration speed set to 1.50 and I thought "huh? if he sounds like he is reading normally at this speed I wonder what it sounds like at the speed it's intended to?" Holy crap it was soooooooooo slow with unnecessary pauses everywhere. I would loss focus and just get impatient so I went up in speed again. That totally made it sooooo much better and I recommend it honestly.

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    Michael Nashua, NH, United States 02-14-16
    Michael Nashua, NH, United States 02-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great listen"

    It's so very funny but when I first bought this book all I heard from many reviewers was how great the book is, but how poorly the reader performed. I didn't find that to be the case at all. I thought the entire production was great, including the reader. I'm thinking that the folks who trashed the reader ought to untwist their panties, listen to the book again, and enjoy it this time. It really is a good listen.
    Mike

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    John 12-07-15
    John 12-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book, awful reader"
    Would you try another book from Jacques Delarue and Mervyn Savill (translator) and/or Eric Brooks?

    I would definitely try another book, as the information was interesting and pretty complete.


    What other book might you compare The Gestapo to and why?

    It's difficult for any book to live up to The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich for history, but this has a lot of good detail.


    How could the performance have been better?

    He had a very weird cadence--very slow, with overly long pauses and extremely dramatic flourish, as if he were reading a bedtime story to a small child. He also seemed to take longer pauses before names and foreign terms. It was extremely distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately, I didn't get through the whole book due to the performance; I just couldn't listen to him long term. I'd say, get this book in print, and skip the audiobook. Save your monthly credit for something else--I wish I had.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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