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The Gestapo: A History of Horror | [Jacques Delarue, Mervyn Savill (translator)]

The Gestapo: A History of Horror

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.
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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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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 07-25-14
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 07-25-14 Member Since 2007

    Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton.  In-depth fair reviews - from 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peter OHandley Chilliwack, British Columbia, CA 04-27-13
    Peter OHandley Chilliwack, British Columbia, CA 04-27-13 Member Since 2006

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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

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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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    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.

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    bethany SALEM, NH, United States 06-15-14
    bethany SALEM, NH, United States 06-15-14 Member Since 2010

    birds and more birds

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    "i could fall asleep listening to the narrator"
    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

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    Thomas Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 11-23-13
    Thomas Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 11-23-13 Member Since 2005
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    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the the period. But you will need a strong interest and a strong stomach to go through this horrifying history.

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