Silver Spring, MD, United States
  • 2
  • reviews
  • 10
  • helpful votes
  • 4
  • ratings
  • The End

  • The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945
  • By: Ian Kershaw
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

From the preeminent Hitler biographer, a fascinating and original exploration of how the Third Reich was willing and able to fight to the bitter end of World War II. Countless books have been written about why Nazi Germany lost World War II, yet remarkably little attention has been paid to the equally vital question of how and why it was able to hold out as long as it did.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing yet horrifying

  • By Liz on 10-14-11

Great work, AWFUL Narration

4 out of 5 stars
2 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-13

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

In terms of the content, I can't say for sure, because I only got halfway through the introduction. The narration was so grating that I quit the book then, and returned it. While the narrators voice is clear and pleasant, he chooses the worst times to pause, like smack in the middle of a sentence, where it is both disconcerting and distracting. The books introduction was very good though, at least in content.

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

periods and commas, in all of the wrong places.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Defend the Realm

  • The Authorized History of MI5
  • By: Christopher Andrew
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 39 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

An unprecedented publishing event: to mark the centenary of its foundation, the British Security Service, MI5, has for the first time opened its archives to an independent historian. The book reveals the precise role of the Security Service in 20th-century British history, from its foundation by Captain Kell of the British Army in October 1909, through two world wars, up to and including its present roles in counterespionage and counterterrorism.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very throrough and impartial history.

  • By Matthew on 12-01-09

A read that was both informative and captivating

5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-12

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

Defend the realm is an unique kind of book. It is a very informative, to the point of being a bit droll at times, but at the same time, it manages to capture the feeling of camraderie and adventure that it describes being present in Mi5. When I finished the book, I felt like I had just finished a career at Mi5 (and not just because of the book's length!), and felt nostalgia for times past.

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

The feelings of victory at the end of world war one and two were conveyed adeptly to the reader, and they were touching to me.

Any additional comments?

The narrator does a fantastic job of sounding both professional and interesting, which is very much in the spirit of this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful