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  • Stasiland

  • Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall
  • By: Anna Funder
  • Narrated by: Denica Fairman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist. Anna Funder tells extraordinary tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany. In a country where the headquarters of the secret police could become a museum literally overnight, and one in 50 East Germans were informing on their fellow citizens, there are thousands of captivating stories.

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  • Important book

  • By Jane on 01-27-10

Peeking behind the curtain

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Reviewed: 10-02-12

Where does Stasiland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I don't often read non fiction so this was a real surprise - it has to rank up there with the best eye-witness accounts of the life experiences of people surviving in such different circumstances from my own. The generosity of of people to disclose such painful, sometimes humiliating experiences is a testament to the Anna Funder's capacity to retell - and in another language!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stasiland?

Walking through the Stasi prison with a victim-guide kept my emotions dancing on hot coals all night.

Have you listened to any of Denica Fairman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

What made the performance so good was the excellent pronunciation by Denica Fairman - getting things right. More often a story has been spoilt by the laziness of a performer failing to pronounce names and places correctly. The tone and spareness of the narration fully enabled the engagement of an over-active imagination like mine.

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

I had to hold my breath when Anna, with brutal insight and honesty, met with each informant.

Any additional comments?

I had heard Anna Funder interviewed on radio a couple of times and it took me a few years to tackle the book. Brilliant.

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