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From the internationally best-selling author of Fatherland and the Cicero Trilogy - a new spy thriller about treason and conscience, loyalty and betrayal, set against the backdrop of the fateful Munich Conference of September 1938.

Hugh Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving at 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. Rikard von Holz is on the staff of the German Foreign Office - and secretly a member of the anti-Hitler resistance. The two men were friends at Oxford in the 1920s, but have not been in contact since. Now, when Hugh flies with Chamberlain from London to Munich, and Rikard travels on Hitler's train overnight from Berlin, their paths are set on a disastrous collision course. And once again, Robert Harris gives us actual events of historical importance - here are Hitler, Chamberlain, Mussolini, Daladier-at the heart of an electrifying novel.

©2018 Robert Harris (P)2018 Random House Audio

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Fascinating history...decent novel

Nice prelude to the recent portrait of Churchill in The Darkest Hour—how the policy of appeasement made sense to some historical actors at the time. Harris is so talented at weaving a well researched historical narrative with fictional elements. The fiction—in terms of character development and personal plot lines—is however weaker than his efforts in the Cicero trilogy, Ghost Writer and Fatherland. If undecided, I would try those first. But this one still worth the credit.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 01-29-18

Gripping

I have always enjoyed books by Robert Harris. I particularly enjoyed reading his Imperium Trilogy about Cicero. Harris is a master of historical novels.

Munich is the German City where British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain met with Adolf Hitler in September 1938 in a desperate attempt to preserve peace in Europe. This meeting is the focal point of this book. The meeting was to discuss Hitler’s demands that the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia be handed over to Germany. Harris used two fictional characters: one English, Hugh Leget; one German, Paul Von Hartmann. The two had been friends while attending Oxford and now serve as aides to the real-life senior diplomats.

The book is well written and researched. Harris is a master at weaving fictional characters into a historical situation so the reader is able to develop a personal understanding of the event. The characters are interesting and the plot is clever. Harris takes his time developing the story, but then it takes off at a rapid pace. I was sad when the story ended. I wanted it to continue. I guess I got carried away with the storyline. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and highly recommend it.

The book is just over nine and a half hours. David Rintout does a good job narrating the book. Rintout is a Scottish stage and television actor and audiobook narrator.


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  • Julie
  • Apple Valley, MN, United States
  • 01-26-18

Gripping, fascinating, couldn't put it down.

Would you listen to Munich again? Why?

I have listened to it twice. I will listen again. So much happens in the story, that I hear thingsI missed the first time through. One of my favorite reads of the last 5 years.The narration was excellent, kept me engaged with the story.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The events that occurred, the perspective of the characters and the insight.

Which character – as performed by David Rintoul – was your favorite?

Hugh Legat was my favorite and next was Joan, even though she had a small role in the story, she came though as interesting and spunky. All of the characters were two dimensional, so they were interesting. I believe that this is a true story.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

History, as if you were there.

Any additional comments?

Try the book, you will love it too.

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Superb, brilliant! Another Robert Harris Winner.

This has never been a period of history that I have a deep interest in. It was a horrendous time and it makes me so uptight. It is never a good thing to want to ‘go postal’ when you are supposed to be enjoying a good book wouldn’t you agree? I read 'Munich' because I am a fan of Robert Harris. He never fails to please the amateur historian that is renting space in this avid reader.

Munich grabbed me from the first paragraph. It has it all with historical accuracy added to make it even more enjoyable. There is intrigue. It touches on a love story from years past. There is the obligatory adultery and then we have the major political players who are so well written that you feel that that you are there, sitting quietly in the corner of The Berghof.

There were times when I thought that I could smell cigarettes, you know, when they have been hastily extinguished underfoot. Robert Harris breaths life into his characters and to me they feel alive. I kept imagining Chamberlain pacing up and down talking to himself trying to figure out the Munich Agreement and having to look happy and stoic when The British Empire are all rejoicing because they 'think' that there will be 'Peace for our time' when in fact he knew, deep down, that it was in fact a facade. Hitler was merely playing mind games and he fully intended to invade Czechoslovakia.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and my pleasure was further enhanced by a superb performance by David Rintoul. He is definitely on my top 5 narrators list. So easy to listen to. A true pleasure.

FIVE STARS ALL THE WAY

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  • John
  • San Antonio, TX
  • 01-26-18

A little disappointing

A simple history or documentary would have been better, or maybe an essay to address his main point - that Chamberlain was not the fool he has been reputed to be. The story line about the two main fictional characters seemed weak, uninteresting, and unnecessary.

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Very exciting.

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

This is an exciting story. I read a lot of books about this period, and this one was great.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Leggett was my favorite character because he was for the most part calm under stress.

Which character – as performed by David Rintoul – was your favorite?

Leggett

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

I could not put it down. When Leggett found out his was wife was cheating on him, I wanted to cry. His reaction to finding out about his old girl friend was also very sad.

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Great read

Harris has constructed a story based on one of the most unforgettable moments in the history of the world. He does it by telling the tale of two college buddies who find themselves in opposite camps, but sharing a common goal - peace. But, how do you achieve that goal, through appeasement or by killing Hitler?

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Mellow pace full of intelligent intrigue

To be fair I often give up on a book in the first couple chapters if it doesn’t drag me in & I came close with Munich: A Novel.
However, my overwhelming interest of the WWII & Pre-War era kept me listening. From the start it was clear the author researched the topic with the utmost diligence. I felt I knew this period of history well but the author introduced several new & factual aspects of the days prior to the Munich agreement of which I was previously unaware.
The fictional aspects of the book are written in such a way that historical accuracy & fiction blend so perfectly that if you didn’t know better you would assume this was the way of it.
In conclusion if you a fan of WWII & the events that brought it about this book will please you. If you find it slightly tiresome stick with it a bit longer I bet you will enjoy it at the end.

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  • Zenon P
  • New York, NY United States
  • 02-14-18

Le Carre’s heir

This is the most exciting spy thriller since Le Carrie. That it is (mostly) true is a bonus that ups the excitement. I am now a fan and moving on to my next Harris audiobook.

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Loved it

Loved it. Couldn't imagine reading with all the different languages. The narrator was brillant. I would recommend.