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Berlin: The Downfall: 1945

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Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Berlin by Antony Beevor, read by Peter Nobel.

Berlin: The Downfall: 1945 is Antony Beevor's brilliant account of the fall of the Third Reich.

The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Reich in January 1945. Political instructors rammed home the message of Wehrmacht and SS brutality. The result was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known, with tanks crushing refugee columns under their tracks, mass rape, pillage and destruction.

Hundreds of thousands of women and children froze to death or were massacred because Nazi Party chiefs, refusing to face defeat, had forbidden the evacuation of civilians. Over seven million fled westwards from the terror of the Red Army.

Antony Beevor reconstructs the experiences of those millions caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich's final collapse, telling a terrible story of pride, stupidity, fanaticism, revenge and savagery, but also one of astonishing endurance, self-sacrifice and survival against all odds.

©2007 Antony Beevor (P)2017 Penguin AudioBooks

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    Andrei Ivanesei Bucharest 10-14-17
    Andrei Ivanesei Bucharest 10-14-17
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    "Really really good."

    It's on par with the other books written by Antony Beevor, but this one seems to emphasise the civilian blight of germans once the Soviet Union crossed the reich's borders.

    Really full of small anecdotes that make the war feel more "human" instead of the book being just a chronological catalogue of who did what, when and why.

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    Kate Oats 08-06-17
    Kate Oats 08-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "If only there could have been more"

    I was absolutely hooked from start to finish. The detail was, in my opinion, perfectly balanced. Tough listening in places but the reality of war shouldn't be avoided. Particularly poignant listening, as I now live in the former East Berlin and work within 5 minutes of the Führerbunker.

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  • Margaret
    Nieuwerkerk a.d. IJssel, Netherlands
    8/11/17
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    "War and horror"

    This well researched book is full of horrendous detail. It is very well read. A must if interested in WWII.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Conor Naylor
    8/3/17
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    "Enthralling"

    An easy listen, I would recommend for any WWII enthusiast. Some horrific images portrayed throughout.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Buyer
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    11/11/17
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    "Good book with good narration."

    Harrowing stuff. An eye opener on the suffering of the German civilians.
    4 stars because I felt a bit overwhelmed by the military and geographic detail. That problem probably doesn't arise in the printed version with it maps.

    The speed and strength of the narration greatly adds to the sense of an unfolding catastrophe . Compelling book..

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  • C. Hamilton-welsh
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    7/25/17
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    "very very good."

    very comprehensive and terribly vivid. narrated really well. Would recommend highly if u like social and war history

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  • Nike
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    10/28/17
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    "Well told and written."

    Yes a harrowing narrative to put an end to an evil dictator. They can pop up in any generation if people are stupid enough to vote them in.

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  • Adam Mcneill
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    "Berlin untold Russian truth ?"

    I listened and listened again.

    People have no idea, we look back on these times today and make games.

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