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The Monuments Men Audiobook

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Monuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.
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Publisher's Summary

At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the Western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "degenerate" works he despised.

In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Monuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture. Focusing on the 11-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis.

©2009 Robert M. Edsel; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"The story is both engaging and inspiring. In the midst of a total war, armies systematically sought to mitigate cultural loss." (Publishers Weekly)

"[Narrator Jeremy Davidson] varies the pacing effectively, based on the nature of the text. He speeds up slightly during exciting action-filled sequences. He reads letters and documents with a flatter tone, making it easy for listeners to discern when the document stops and the author's words resume. He also gives a slight but not intrusive or cartoonish British accent to quotations by Britishers." (AudioFile)

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    Rick United States 04-26-14
    Rick United States 04-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Different than the movie"
    What did you love best about The Monuments Men?

    Watched the movie first. Quite a bit different. Great book but did drag on a little. Overall I enjoyed it quite a lot and some very good history also.


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

    I like to hear books. It brings it to life better.


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    Linda Card RAMONA, CA, US 04-16-14
    Linda Card RAMONA, CA, US 04-16-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Monuments Men, the Book"
    Where does The Monuments Men rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would give it a solid 8


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Monuments Men?

    The history. Oh my gosh, hearing all the details about how the art was stolen and the search for it. I got a real education about Jewish history and the incidents leading up to the beginning of WWII. There was so much info about the museums in Europe. I wish that I had made the time to visit them when I was there in the 70s.


    What about Jeremy Davidson’s performance did you like?

    I could listen to him all day. He is a story teller. His voice has character and richness and great meter.


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

    See how the spirit of humanity manages to stop the war machine from stripping away Europe's sense of art, culture and history.


    Any additional comments?

    The movie is never as good as the book - other wise the movie would be hours and hours long. The knowledge I got from the details in the audiobook will add dimension when I see the movie.

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    Sherrie Phillips Oklahoma City, OK 04-15-14
    Sherrie Phillips Oklahoma City, OK 04-15-14 Member Since 2014

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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Monuments Men to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version.


    What other book might you compare The Monuments Men to and why?

    I would compare this to The Black Count that I listened to recently.


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

    I think the enthusiasm and emotion as the story turns tense.


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

    I was particularly moved by the passion and tenacity of the people involved in recovering this tremendous amount of art.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the book. It is a well told story full of history, art, suspense, war and personal commitments. It kept me engaged throughout and was a great complement to the movie.

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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 03-30-14
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2015

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "Abridged might be better than unabridged"

    I was inspired to read this book after seeing the ho-hum movie based on this book. The book is far better, and you learn the real stories behind the movie fictionalization.

    Edsel provides a thorough description of the actions of the Monuments Men in northern Europe, where they were before the war, what motivated them, and their triumphs and tragedies during and after the war. I every much enjoyed the overarching story, but found the details sometimes bogged down the story telling.

    I had the option of listening to the abridged version of this book, and chose to do the unabridged. If you are interested in the story, I might recommend the abridged version, although I have not listened that version, as my hope is that some of the copious details are left out, leaving you with a broader picture of the actions of the men and women who went to great lengths to save art during WWII. A heartfelt thanks to all of them.

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    Pietro Stafford, VA, United States 03-13-14
    Pietro Stafford, VA, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A SUPERB READ AND A HECK OF AN INTERESTING STORY!"
    What did you love best about The Monuments Men?

    This was a gripping tale about the greatest assault on human culture ever perpetrated, and how a small group of incredibly brave individuals went above and beyond to rescue some of the greatest works of art ever created.


    Any additional comments?

    Couldn't put this one down! I've read some great books on the history of World War II, but this one stands out for the uniqueness of the story and the compelling outcome of its central figures. A must read for anyone for any serious student of history and the arts.

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    Mary Portland, OR, United States 03-04-14
    Mary Portland, OR, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    Thank goodness there were those aware enough to plan ahead to save art treasures though they still started late in the war. What a fascinating story about devoted men and women who worked to save art and archives. The Nazis were relentless in their zeal to plunder. What could they possibly have wanted with things like insects collections???? It was sad to realize that since WWII there have been no monuments personnel in any war and the treasures of Iraq were decimated as a result.

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    Emily 02-28-14
    Emily 02-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful information but slow moving."
    What made the experience of listening to The Monuments Men the most enjoyable?

    The historical information, locations and pieces of art mentioned.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical information, locations and pieces of art mentioned.


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

    Yes. Loved his ability to entertain with multiple accents and a clear and easy to listen to voice.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is wonderful in that it relates history I knew little or nothing about. The content is interesting and delivered well. I would hardly qualify this book as a thriller or difficult to put down although it was written and delivered well. Interesting, definitely worth the "read" but rather slow moving.

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    Kenneth abingdon, MD, United States 02-26-14
    Kenneth abingdon, MD, United States 02-26-14
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    "EXTREMELY LONG and Kind of Boring"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not to listen too. Read maybe


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter again?

    Not sure. Probably not.


    What about Jeremy Davidson’s performance did you like?

    OK


    Could you see The Monuments Men being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Sure


    Any additional comments?

    This was a very long and at times excruciating book to listen to. I had trouble keeping up with the areas in europe where the art was found and secured. It was interesting, but could have been a lot shorter.

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    Stephen 02-20-14
    Stephen 02-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The Momument Men - WWII History Thru Art"

    Story - Overall I enjoyed this story. It was interesting to see WWII through this lens of art. This experience influenced our procedures in operations where there was protection of cultural and historical sites. We still shot up the church bell tower to kill the snipers and the enemy observers but we did blow up the whole church.

    Performance - The performance was excellent and the actors needed to portray a wide spectrum of personalities.

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    Robbie Allen louisville, ky United States 02-18-14
    Robbie Allen louisville, ky United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Hu? confusing..probally makes a better moive"
    What disappointed you about The Monuments Men?

    I had high hopes for this book, but it was confusining. I could not get vested in it. After awhile all the issues blurred together


    What could Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It would of been more insteresting to follow just one member instead of a bunch.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was great. Are you sure this was not Matt Damon?


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