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Munich

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From the best-selling author of Fatherland, Conclave and An Officer and a Spy.

September 1938. Hitler is determined to start a war. Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace. The issue is to be decided in a city that will forever afterwards be notorious for what takes place there....

Munich.

As Chamberlain's plane judders over the Channel and the Führer's train steams relentlessly south from Berlin, two young men travel with secrets of their own. Hugh Legat is one of Chamberlain's private secretaries; Paul Hartmann a German diplomat and member of the anti-Hitler resistance. Great friends at Oxford before Hitler came to power, they haven't seen one another since they were last in Munich six years earlier. Now, as the future of Europe hangs in the balance, their paths are destined to cross again.

When the stakes are this high, who are you willing to betray? Your friends, your family, your country or your conscience?

©2017 Robert Harris (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Toast Cartoons
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    10/2/17
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    "excellent, shame a key passage was missing!"

    Very enjoyable novel. Not Robert Harris's best but still a fascinating and gripping read. One complaint: this so-called unabridged recording is missing the crucial meeting between our German protagonist and Neville Chamberlain. I was thrown when characters were referencing a pivotal scene that I hadn't heard read; and when the German protagonist is leaving a location i never heard him arrive at. After thumbing through a hard copy of the novel, this scene occurs between Audible chapters 20 and 21: after the British explain to the Czechs the outcome of the agreement, and before Hartmann "leaves the hotel and suspects he is being followed". Sort it out, Audible! This is a crucial scene, the climax of the novel and what our protagonists are trying to do - without this scene the protagonists seem hugely ineffectual and their story arc is missing something vital!

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Somewhere between a pair of headphones.
    9/22/17
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    "A Piece For Our Time?"

    To an extent you know what you're going to get with Robert Harris's historical fiction. There's always going to be a strong feeling of time and place based on thoroughly detailed research. You're going to find characters given real depth whether they be genuine historical personalities or the the fictional ones that Harris uses to carry the story. All of that is true here in a novel that I found highly satisfying to listen to even if it didn't hit the heights of excitement.

    There is a dual aspect to the story in that two old college friends find themselves on opposite sides of the conference with both playing their own high stakes games. The book provides a brief but extremely important episode in their lives and the history of Europe. To me it felt as much like a docudrama as a fictional novel as the plot stuck so closely to historical fact.

    The narration by David Rintoul is steady with no attempt to give the non-British characters any kind of national accents. It feels entirely appropriate to the text with perhaps the only element of real theatre coming late on with some of Hitler's outbursts.

    Harris is clearly scratching some kind of itch here. He is returning to the subject of a documentary he made almost 30 years ago and he portrays Chamberlain with considerably more sympathy than many historians. The quality of the writing is, as you would expect from this author, is extremely high. I don't think it's the most thrilling of thrillers but it is a good story with a very authentic feeling atmosphere to it.

    39 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • Ruben
    9/30/17
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    "very enjoyable but not his best"

    I was really looking forward to this one after having read the Cicero trilogy and An Officer and a Spy. This was a bit harder for me to get into and when I finally did the book was almost finished. it seemed the main message of the book is to put Chamberlain in a positive light, which he successfully does, but plot was quite thin. four stars because overall I enjoyed it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    London
    9/29/17
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    "Wonderful - Worth waiting for . One of his best."

    Engaging, gripping, wonderfully evocative and grittily realistic, makes you feel that you are right there, in that time, staring at the key players, feeling the banal horror.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Chris Abrey
    Suffolk UK
    10/18/17
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    "Totally absorbing. "

    Difficult to stop listening to. Expertly crafted exciting narrative with some moving poetic passages. Thought provoking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pippa Lamb
    London
    10/18/17
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    "Takes us heart-stoppingly back in time"

    Robert Harris writes with his inimitable fluency and ease, effortlessly he carries his reader with him through a very tense moment in our history. Narration is first class. Terrific book, and terrific audio book especially!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela C
    10/12/17
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    "Another Page Turner from Robert Harris"

    Robert Harris illuminates the ins and outs of how Prime Minister Chamberlain came home to announce 'Peace In Our Time' after his infamous meeting with Hitler in Munich. Told through the lives of a British civil servant and German civil servant who had been at Oxford together - the former close to Chamberlain's circle and the latter loosely connected to Hitler.

    Harris once again turns a famous and much-celebrated subject into a thrilling behind-the-scenes expose. His character studies of the famous and not-so-famous cannot fail but enthrall. Not as starry as Conclave, but just as satisfying. Perfectly narrated by David Rintoul.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neels
    10/10/17
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    "5 stars for story and narration"

    Another masterpiece from Robert Harris exquisitely researched with completely plausible characters including, of course, the real persons. Brilliantly read by David Rintoul.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mrs cr young
    10/6/17
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    "An introduction to 1938"

    Since I have only a superficial knowledge of the events of 1938 I found this to be an engaging listen. For experts I imagine it may all be a bit laboured but perhaps they wouldn't be drawn to the book. The worms eye view, junior Civil Servants, of the deliberations of such familiar names as Chamberlain and Hitler made it all the more interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Les
    10/6/17
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    "A Historical Thriller"

    Excellent book thoroughly enjoyed. Robert Harris made this story a real life thriller. Excellently narrated, a well deserved 5*. Can’t wait to download my next Robert Harris book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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