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
"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)
The first half is really slow but once the Allies enter Germany, second half of the book, it gets much better.
I enjoyed learning about a part of the war that I didn't know anything about before. It's quite well written and keeps the reader interested. What I liked least was the extremely american perspective. It is mentioned at the end that there were monuments men from 17 countries, and the English ones are mentioned here and there, in addition to one french woman. But for the main part, it leaves the reader with the impression that the americans won the war and saved art more or less by themselves, which is of course very far from the thruth. It's fine to chose an american perspective, but it should them be made very clear that this is a book about American monuments men, leaving most of the others out.
I enjoyed Jeremy Davidson's reading for the most part, except for the fact that all the non-americans speak with almost caricature accents throughout, which gets annoying really fast.
I would have presented the stories of more non-american monuments men and women, and left out the long description of the plain looks of the only monuments woman included, it sound like everyone should be surprised that a plain looking woman could be intelligent and brilliant at her work. We do not get to read about wether or not the monuments men are good looking, which is a good thing as it has nothing to do with their war efforts, so why does it matter how the only woman dresses and what she looks like?
It is a movie and I'm planning to see it.
I don't know
He is a good reader but I expected a story with characters etc. I just couldn't get into it. Sorry!
I'm beginning to get distrustful of Audible. This is the second book I have had trouble with. The story seems great and then the book cut out on me a with 4:40 left. I have to give Audible credit that they refund quickly and easily, but this is still irritating!
The story is very boring
This is a true story so how can characters be removed, especially without research
Maybe the movie will be better
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