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Mary A.

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  • The Nazi and the Psychiatrist

  • Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII
  • By: Jack El-Hai
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 442
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 447

>In 1945, after his capture at the end of the Second World War, Hermann Göring arrived at an American-run detention center in war-torn Luxembourg, accompanied by 16 suitcases and a red hatbox. The suitcases contained all manner of paraphernalia: medals, gems, two cigar cutters, silk underwear, a hot water bottle, and the equivalent of $100,000,000 in cash. Hidden in a coffee can, a set of brass vials housed glass capsules containing a clear liquid and a white precipitate: potassium cyanide. Joining Göring in the detention center were the elite of the captured Nazi regime....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 11-07-14

Riveting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-24-18

I found this book fascinating...it tells a very indepth story of the Nuremberg trials...much of which I knew nothing about.
One small cavil..Chapter 2 told me more about the author’s family and background than I really wanted to know..

  • Fur Volk and Fuhrer

  • The Memoir of a Veteran of the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler
  • By: Erwin Bartmann, Derik Hammond
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354

Like many Germans, Berlin schoolboy Erwin Bartmann fell under the spell of the Zeitgeist cultivated by the Nazis. Convinced he was growing up in the best country in the world, he dreamt of joining the Leibstandarte, Hitler's elite Waffen SS unit. Tall, blond, blue-eyed, and just 17-years-old, Erwin fulfilled his dream on Mayday 1941, when he gave up his apprenticeship at the Glaser bakery in Memeler Strasse and walked into the Lichterfelde barracks in Berlin as a raw, volunteer recruit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow what a ride

  • By Daniel S Seely on 08-06-17

Once a Waffen SS member, always a Waffen SSman

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-18

I’m not sorry I bought this book. His trials and tribulations were interesting..
But, Hitler’s favorite bully boys never change..,
But, they manage to skirt around their multiple sins against mankind,,,
The author seems to hardly know who Hitler was.
He loved being a Hitler Youth, but really was too busy freezing in Russia, and telling shocking behaviors by the Russians, to know anything about politics....
There was never any mention of the Einzatsgruppen ( forgive my spelling),the ghouls who systematically murdered all Russian civilians they came into contact with in their push into Russia..peasants..men, women and children...so, I’m still on my quest to find any traces of S S men who were not monstrous ..or have any hint of regret or remorse for their atrocities..

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  • D-Day

  • The Battle for Normandy
  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 19 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

From critically acclaimed world historian Antony Beevor, this is the first major account in more than 20 years to cover the whole invasion, from June 6, 1944, right up to the liberation of Paris on August 25. It is the first book to describe not only the experiences of the American, British, Canadian, and German soldiers, but also the terrible suffering of the French caught up in the fighting. More French civilians were killed by Allied bombing and shelling than British civilians were by the Luftwaffe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A commendable book

  • By Michael on 01-19-10

Among the best..

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-18

This book is marvelous in all ways. Having been written many years after the fact, With newly released archives, it is a grand edition to add to the ,”you are there”, quality.
Reading both sides of a battle as seen and lived by the rivals, Beevor deserves enormous credit for adding greatly to what we had read earlier.
The reader is excellent. His efforts at imitating the manner speech of the main characters are most successful with Churchill and Monty.
And Patton is his best American voice. Patton would like that.

  • Adolf Hitler

  • By: John Toland
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 44 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475

Based on previously unpublished documents, diaries, notes, photographs, and dramatic interviews with Hitler's colleagues and associates, this is the definitive biography of one of the most despised yet fascinating figures of the 20th century. Painstakingly documented, it is a work that will not soon be forgotten.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strange Person

  • By Mark on 11-25-14

What you didn’t know about WWII and Hitler

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-15-18

Having immersed myself in WWII since I was in high school, I thought I knew, if not every thing about Hitler, everything I wanted to know.
How wrong I was. This book is a fascinating, meticulously researched, wonderfully well written biography, of Adolf Hitler, beautifully read.
I doubt I would have bought it, had it not been written by John Toland.

  • Die Trying

  • Jack Reacher, Book 2
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,594

When a woman is kidnapped off a Chicago street in broad daylight, Jack Reacher's in the wrong place at the wrong time. He's kidnapped with her. Chained together and racing across America toward an unknown destination, they're at the mercy of a group of men demanding an impossible ransom. Because Reacher's female companion is worth more than he imagines. Now he has to save them both - from the inside out - or die trying....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Reading the Series: Skip This One

  • By Eric J. Toll on 11-05-13

Beware all but Clancy fans , who enter here.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-18

Am I wrong not to give a fig about how fast a bullet goes or what gravity does to it?
60% is pure filler, explaining, in exquisite detail all about that.

  • The Last 100 Days

  • The Tumultuous and Controversial Story of the Final Days of World War II in Europe
  • By: John Toland
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 27 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482

A dramatic countdown of the final months of World War II in Europe, The Last 100 Days brings to life the waning power and the ultimate submission of the Third Reich. To reconstruct the tumultuous hundred days between Yalta and the fall of Berlin, John Toland traveled more than 100,000 miles in twenty-one countries and interviewed more than six hundred people - from Hitler's personal chauffeur to Generals von Manteuffel, Wenck, and Heinrici.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More the sum of the parts

  • By Mike From Mesa on 08-27-15

A remarkable and thorough accounting of the ending days of WWII in Europe.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-18

As life long history buff of WWII, especially in the European theater, I see this book as a stunningly picture of how the last 100 days of WWII ended.
It is so unique and through, it kept me glued to it, watching to see how much I had left to read.
The mountains of new material , released long after the war, were like a miracle in one dramatic way. Because of the voluminous, new, information that had been released and unearthed from German files, on had the remarkable that they were almost living those hours.
We learn what plans the Allies had on, say November 15, 1944 through messages, phone calls and other records, unseen before the late 60s. And then, to my shock and delight, the German records of the same day give a crystal clear picture of what they were doing in what was later called, The Battle of they Bulge.
It is a glorious read.
Of course, maps would have been nice. I will listen to this book again when I have collected the maps that will further enhance the story.
If you want the most intimate, day by day plans from opposing sides, do not let yourself go another day without getting this most rewarding read.

  • Hitler's Soldiers

  • The German Army in the Third Reich
  • By: Ben H. Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 26 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

For decades after 1945, it was generally believed that the German army, professional and morally decent, had largely stood apart from the SS, Gestapo, and other corps of the Nazi machine. Ben Shepherd draws on a wealth of primary sources and recent scholarship to convey a much darker, more complex picture. For the first time, the German army is examined throughout the Second World War, across all combat theaters and occupied regions, and from multiple perspectives: its battle performance, social composition, relationship with the Nazi state, and involvement in war crimes and occupation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thorough and scholarly

  • By Mary A. on 03-23-18

Thorough and scholarly

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-18

As an obsessive reader of all things WWII , I saw this book as extremely well-written and chockful of interesting events and interplay between the principals.
Unfortunately, what I didn’t see was why I bought the book..its title.
It was not about Hitler’s soldiers.
I was expecting accounts of the foot soldiers experiences in battle, their attitudes about what they were doing and thinking.
The author quoted excerpts from some soldiers’ letters, but the quotes were sparse and said little about how they felt about anything.
I knew the history. I didn’t know how the ordinary soldier responded to the enormity of the situations in which he found himself.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Hiding Place

  • By: Corrie ten Boom, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,269
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,934
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,941

At one time, Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that she had a story to tell. For the first 50 years of her life, nothing out of the ordinary ever happened to her. She was a spinster watchmaker living contentedly with her sister and their elderly father in the tiny house over their shop in Haarlem. Their uneventful days, as regulated as their own watches, revolved around their abiding love for one another. But with the Nazi invasion and occupation of Holland, everything changed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational

  • By Gma Cat on 09-19-12

Disappointing

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-18

Unless you are deeply religious, this is a potentially fascinating story ruined by religious fervor.
I wouldn’t be so irritated, but can’t help it, because there was an unusual story to be told here, but not for atheists.
It belongs in the Religion section.
It reinforced all of the negative feelings I have had toward formal religions since I was in my early teens.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tigers in the Mud

  • The Combat Career of German Panzer Commander Otto Carius
  • By: Otto Carius
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364

World War II began with a metallic roar as the German Blitzkrieg raced across Europe, spearheaded by the most dreaded weapon of the 20th century: the Panzer. No German tank better represents that thundering power than the infamous Tiger, and Otto Carius was one of the most successful commanders to ever take a Tiger into battle, destroying well over 150 enemy tanks during his incredible career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By ryan j diamond on 01-24-17

Sore loser

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-18

I’m not sorry I read it but he is an reconstructed Nazi.
I learned much more about the inner workings of a Tiger tank than I ever wanted to know..but, interesting in bits and pieces.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • World War 2: Waffen SS Soldiers

  • Testimonies of German SS Soldiers - 2nd Edition
  • By: Oliver Mayer
  • Narrated by: Doug Greene
  • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 30

In this book, you'll learn the stories of six different SS soldiers who fought for the German Army during World War II. These six soldiers all had different roles to play, and all look back at their experiences, sharing them to make amends for the cruel times that they lived in. Learn about what it was like to be in a concentration camp, and how a soldier managed when they were at the front.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth your time.

  • By Anonymous User on 05-30-17

White wash

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-17

A complete waste of time. Of the 7-10 ex SS soldiers not one was genuinely contrite ...their days in the SS were the best days of their lives and they cannot hide that fact...

2 of 6 people found this review helpful