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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich Audiobook

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

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Publisher's Summary

Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

Now, many years after the end of World War II, it may seem incredible that our most valued institutions and way of life were threatened by the menace that Hitler and the Third Reich represented. Shirer’s description of events and the cast of characters who played such pivotal roles in defining the course Europe was to take is unforgettable.

Benefiting from his many years as a reporter, and thus a personal observer of the rise of Nazi Germany, and availing himself of some of the 485 tons of documents from the German Foreign Office, as well as countless other diaries, phone transcriptions, and other written records, meticulously kept at every level by the Germans, Shirer has put together a brutally objective account of how Hitler wrested political control of Germany, and planned and executed his six-year quest to dominate the world, only to see Germany go down in flames.

This is a richly rewarding experience for anyone who wants to come to grips with the mysterious question of how this menace to civilization ever came into being, much less was sustained for as long as it was. The answer, unfortunately, is that most of Germany, for a whole host of reasons, embraced Nazism and the fanaticism that Hitler engendered.

©1990 William L. Shirer (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“One of the most important works of history of our time.” (The New York Times)

”A splendid work of scholarship, objective in method, sound in judgment, inescapable in its conclusions.” (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Bokworm 10-04-14
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    "Excellent Book"

    There is no way in an audible format you can listen and retain all the names, places, dates, etc. But you can listen and retain most of it in a more general way. This is an EXCELLENT history and Shirer did a great job in compiling facts. Performance, overall, story--extremely well done.

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    Cristian 09-29-14
    Cristian 09-29-14
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    "A brilliant piece of history"
    Where does The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is definitely the best history book I have read/listened to. And it is also one amazing value, it contains over 50hs of history that you can buy with a single Audible credit.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich?

    The chapter The New Order, where the author describes how Germany transformed under Nazi rule and how they treated the people that suffered their horrors.


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

    Grover Gardner is excellent, his voice is vivid and his tone keeps the story moving forward. He also has nearly flawless pronunciation skills for German and French names (could use some improvement for slavic names but you can't blame him).


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

    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany


    Any additional comments?

    If you have even the slightest interest in European politics and history, get this audiobook.

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    Glen Canada 09-19-14
    Glen Canada 09-19-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great work of history"
    What did you love best about The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich?

    Although written many decades ago, it's still very relevant as a remarkable work of history. The detail presented strikes the right balance throughout the work for the non academic listener.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Very well delivered.


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    Tomas 08-14-14
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    "An insightfull look at the evil that men can do"
    If you could sum up The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich in three words, what would they be?

    Long, very long but so worth it because it explores the Third Reich in a way that lets you see into the minds of it's leaders.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rommel and Churchill


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

    He reads it very well giving the long tale written by Shirer good pacing and by the end your so used to his voice that it's almost like your own.


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

    It made me think more than any thing else, think about the lives lost, the sacrifice, the tragedy, the heroism and the will of one person being able to change the world whether for good or bad.


    Any additional comments?

    covers the actual war quite well but if you want to listen to something more aimed at the Japanese and the 2nd world war in the pacific then I'd recommend another book but for the war in the west it does a superb job.

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    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 07-10-14
    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 07-10-14 Member Since 2011

    No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.

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    "Excellent"

    This is a chilling and superlative insight into the politics of the Third Reich. We've heard of the battles, the bombings, the Holocaust, the slaughter—but this book details the political maneuvering of Adolph Hitler and his gang of pseudo-idealogues in a very unique way.
    William L. Shirer was there, and his perspective as a correspondent through the rise, the fall, and the war trials, carries intrigue, adventure, and fascination.
    Grover Gardner is, of course, the best at this kind of reading, and is flawless.
    Highly disturbing, highly recommended.

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    Pete 07-06-14
    Pete 07-06-14
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    "Very in depth book on all aspects of WWII"
    What did you love best about The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich?

    Gives insight into the political concerns and thoughts of the day which plays a large role in some of the decisions made.


    What other book might you compare The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich to and why?

    None, unique complete book.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Well narrated.


    Any additional comments?

    In depth, accurate, insightfull.

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    Colton 06-27-14
    Colton 06-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredibly detailed and enjoyable"
    What did you love best about The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich?

    The book is incredibly detailed in the story of Nazi Germany. If you want to learn about the history the Third Reich, this is the book to buy. I took a WWII history class in college at the same time I was listening to this book and honestly feel that I learned a lot more from the book than the lectures. This is an amazing book that nobody who is interested in learning about history should miss.


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    Rory 06-12-14
    Rory 06-12-14 Member Since 2016
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    This is the first proper historical book i chose on WWII, it didn't disappoint.
    To understand the war you must try to understand the Nazis and Hitler, not just hearing their acts, but to hear their words they use as they give the orders and their defence at the Nuremberg Trials.
    I found this book to focus on the diplomacy and people of the third reich, giving the listener a real and deep feel for these men, through the use of minutes from meetings and that it was written by someone who was there only a couple of years after the war ended, it feels fresh and timeless, deeply moving.

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    John 06-08-14
    John 06-08-14
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    "Incredible story!"

    Having grown up in the Post WWII era, we learn about this tragic period in history from a very early age. There's no major surprises here.. Hitler was a racist, maniacal, tyrant that was determined to dominate the world.

    But this book really brings you into the world of the Nazis as they rise and quickly destroy themselves along with most of Europe. Just a great book and document of the defining period of the 20th century.

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    Zephyr 06-06-14
    Zephyr 06-06-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Exhaustive yet captivating"
    Where does The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably the best historical audiobook I've listened to. By using only primary sources Shirer uses his journalists inquisitiveness and a historians exactness. He mixes the sort of exhaustive social analysis utilized by De Tocqueville with a captivating following of storyline that keeps the reader thoroughly interested.


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

    Two specific events described particularly moved me, breaking through the calloused historical look at Nazi atrocities. The first was the Luftwaffe low altitude bombing of Belgrade a city that had nothing to shoot back with. The second was Joseph Goebbels murder of his 6 children before ordering himself and his wife shot.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend this work to anyone interested learning more about Nazi Germany and how far mankind can fall into barbarism.

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