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The Third Reich at War Audiobook

The Third Reich at War

Evans interweaves a broad narrative of the war’s progress with viscerally affecting personal testimony from a wide range of people - from generals to front-line soldiers, from Hitler Youth activists to middle-class housewives. The Third Reich at War lays bare the dynamics of a nation more deeply immersed in war than any society before or since. Fresh insights into the conflict’s great events are here, from the invasion of Poland to the Battle of Stalingrad to Hitler’s suicide in the bunker.
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Publisher's Summary

The final volume in Richard J. Evans’s masterly trilogy on the history of Nazi Germany traces the rise and fall of German military might, the mobilization of a “people’s community” to serve a war of conquest, and Hitler’s campaign of racial subjugation and genocide. Already hailed as “a masterpiece” (William Grimes in The New York Times) and “the most comprehensive history… of the Third Reich” (Ian Kershaw), this epic trilogy reaches its terrifying climax in this volume.

Evans interweaves a broad narrative of the war’s progress with viscerally affecting personal testimony from a wide range of people - from generals to front-line soldiers, from Hitler Youth activists to middle-class housewives. The Third Reich at War lays bare the dynamics of a nation more deeply immersed in war than any society before or since.

Fresh insights into the conflict’s great events are here, from the invasion of Poland to the Battle of Stalingrad to Hitler’s suicide in the bunker. But just as important is the re-creation of the daily experience of ordinary Germans in wartime, staggering under pressure from Allied bombing and their own government’s mounting demands upon them. At the center of the book is the Nazi extermination of Europe’s Jews, set in the context of Hitler’s genocidal plans for the racial restructuring of Europe.

Blending narrative, description, and analysis, The Third Reich at War creates an engrossing picture - at once sweeping and precise - of a society rushing headlong to self-destruction and taking much of Europe with it. It is the culmination of a historical masterwork that will remain the most authoritative work on Nazi Germany for years to come.

Listen to previous volumes in Richard J. Evans' Third Reich trilogy.

©2009 Richard J. Evans (P)2010 Gildan Media Corp

What the Critics Say

"Masterful….Evans demonstrates a fluent style and a sweeping grasp of the Third Reich’s history and of the enormous historical literature….Evans narrates the Reich’s end in gripping fashion as the Allies closed in on Germany. Evans’s fellow historians as well as a broader public will listen to this work, not quite with pleasure, for there is little joy in this story, but with admiration for the author’s narrative powers.” (Publisher’s Weekly)

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    "Not riveting, but good."

    I just completed all 3 books in the series and enjoyed them. Narrator Shawn Pratt got on my nerves at first but in the long run his voice was comfortable. I would have liked more time devoted to Hitler but that's just my preference. Also, much time was given to details of how Nazism effected every aspect of life. I wearied at times anxious to get to the next segment or chapter. I am thankful that when describing the treatment of the Jews' persecutions, tortures, and deaths Evans used restraint. In other words he could have been much more graphic describing rapes and tortures. The imagination can take care of what is lacking.
    I like the fact that he portrayed the leaders of Nazism as brute beast worthy of the worst punishments for the horror for which they were responsible Nevertheless, no book or books will EVER capture the summary of evil that took place in Europe during WWII.

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    Honest Reviewer massachusetts usa 01-19-16
    Honest Reviewer massachusetts usa 01-19-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Total waste of time"

    If you are interested in another chestnut about what those horrible Nazis did to those poor innocent Jews, you'll love this. If you're looking for a well researched account of National Socialist Germany during the 1939-1945 period you will be sickened by the B.S. you will be forced to endure.
    This needs to be re-labelled as the propoganda it actually is.

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    tony9277 10-20-15
    tony9277 10-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The Third Reich at War, Best in the Series!"

    I just finished the last book of Richard Evans three volume compilation. After reading Shire's "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich", I must say Evans has done a fantastic job of depicting life during Nazi Germany on all fronts, and explains in detail the extreme miserable conditions of the Jews, poles and the sacrifices all of Europe faced during this period. Great books and a very detailed history of the Third Reich during this time. Tony C.

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    Reed NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 07-06-15
    Reed NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 07-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A Must-Read"

    For anyone with even a passing interest in world history. This book is a much deeper dive into Nazi Germany's war than just the tactical outcome of battles. Evans meticulously and often painfully reconstructs the horror that was among the most murderous and evil regimes in human history.

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    TJ Diamond 06-23-15
    TJ Diamond 06-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Solid History"

    The Third Reich at War Vol3 provided a thorough look at all aspects of the regime. A social history of the utmost quality.

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    Stephen 06-04-15
    Stephen 06-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding history"

    Outstanding. Incredible on its scope and depth, and never boring. A book everyone should read (listen to) in all 3 volumes. Moving and thought provoking.

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    Richard C. Sears New York City 03-19-15
    Richard C. Sears New York City 03-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Elegant all around"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Beautifully read and beautifully written. You get a good picture of what life was like in Nazi Germany during the war.


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    Jerry Morelock Knoxville, TN United States 02-24-15
    Jerry Morelock Knoxville, TN United States 02-24-15 Member Since 2015

    I've been a member a lot longer than one year--that is all.

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    "History Told Well"

    Top-notch; ranks among the best history books I've ever read.

    The content is arranged so that various topics are related together rather than haphazardly all in a jumble. Of course this makes for a bit of repetitiveness, but the overall clarity is worth it.

    Narration is extremely professional and fits the subject matter in tone and inflection. I noticed that the narrator occasionally pronounced the same words (usually names) differently, but that didn't bother me since I don't know the correct pronunciation for those words anyway.

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    M 01-27-15
    M 01-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wealth of information with a few snags"
    Have you listened to any of Sean Pratt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. It took me a while to break free of the Civil War narrative that I knew him for, but overall I felt his delivery was good.


    Any additional comments?

    This book contains a wealth of information in support of the military narrative. I say "in support of" because the detail associated with the military battles and campaigns is minimal when compared to other writers like Beevor or Keagan. What you will find is the underlying policies, intrigues and social/economic/political environment that is the setting for the military actions. Truly German-centric, enough of the broader context was provided to keep things relatively well rounded. For those who know nothing of the individual battles and campaigns, you will not find the details here. For those who do know the details, this provides an often missing context.

    I will echo one complaint of another reviewer: common German terminology. At first I thought this criticism was petty, but it really did start to bother me as the book progressed. "The Leader" instead of "the fuhrer". The "military SS" instead of the "Waffen SS", even going so far as to translate the names of the SS units to "Greater Germany" instead of "Das Reich", "Death's Head" instead of "Totenkopf", or the one that really drove me crazy was "Personal Flag unit of Adolf Hitler" instead of the "Liebstandarte Adolf Hitler". At moments like these, I felt like I was listening to a poor Google translation of the book. Does it make a big difference? To me, not really, as I am aware of what is talking about most of the time. But for those who are not familiar with the terms, they may be increasingly confused when they do further study and encounter the German terms...as they will with just about any other history text on this subject.

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    Slakkie 01-05-15
    Slakkie 01-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great historical context"

    I listened to all three books and it was worth the time. I found it full of great hidtorical facts.

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