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Bloodlands Audiobook

Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin

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Publisher's Summary

Americans think of World War II as “The Good War”, a moment when the forces of good resoundingly triumphed over evil. Yet the war was not decided by D-day. It was decided in the East, by the Red Army and Joseph Stalin.

While conventional wisdom locates the horrors of World War II in the six million Jews killed in German concentration camps, the reality is even grimmer. In 13 years, the Nazi and Soviet regimes killed 13 million people in the lands between Germany and Russia. The majority of these deaths occurred in Eastern Europe, not Germany.

In the groundbreaking long-view style of Tony Judt and Niall Ferguson, Tim Snyder, one of America’s foremost historians of Eastern Europe, has written a new history of Europe that focuses on the battleground of Eastern Europe, which suffered the worst crimes of Hitler and Stalin. Based upon scholarly literature and primary sources in all of the relevant languages, Bloodlands pays special attention to the sources left by those who were killed: the letters home, the notes flung from trains, the diaries found on corpses.

This is a new kind of European history, one more concerned with suffering than with intention, one that recognizes how stories of progress or victory have excluded the most salient human experience, and one focused on the extreme predicament of the tens of millions of Europeans who found themselves between Hitler and Stalin.

The scale of destruction in the lands between Germany and Russia has eluded historians and baffles the cynicism of our new century, but for these very reasons, Bloodlands offers the way forward to a sensible reconstruction of European history. Ultimately, in Snyder’s matchless telling, the German and Soviet regimes appear not so much as totalitarian twins, but as rivals whose ruthless pursuit of similar goals doomed millions of innocents.

©2010 Timothy Snyder (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A chillingly systematic study of the mass murder mutually perpetrated by the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany…. A significant work of staggering figures and scholarship." (Kirkus)

“This is a book which will force its readers to rethink history.” (Norman Davies)

“History of a high order, Bloodlands may also point us towards lessons for our own time.” (Timothy Garton Ash)

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    McCoffee Saratoga, CA, United States 04-08-14
    McCoffee Saratoga, CA, United States 04-08-14

    I'm listening to Proust now. Always on the lookout for a good zombie, horror, or sci-fi book. Like books on writing, history, travel.

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    "Scrunched"

    We tend to think of Hitler and Germany to their west, but Ukraine and Belarus got it bad from both sides. Hard to believe what humans can do to each other. Well-researched, well-narrated.

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    Amy 12-07-13
    Amy 12-07-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Prepare to Change Your Perception of WWII"
    What did you love best about Bloodlands?


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

    This book is graphic and disturbing, but so was mass murder of millions during WWII. There are several stories that are sad and poignant.


    Any additional comments?

    Be prepared to challenge your pre-conceived notions of WWII. This book will change your perceptions of the magnitude of the lives lost in both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. It will also show that Hitler actually killed more people than Stalin did and that prison camps on both sides were not necessarily a death sentence.

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    Rhea Fort Worth, TX, United States 09-13-13
    Rhea Fort Worth, TX, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2013

    short, fat, and stupid.

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    "yikes"

    Reads like a spreadsheet of war crimes and there statistics. The first part of the book was very hard to get through, however it became easier and easier. Wasnt my favorite book but I am very glad I listened to it. It gave me a real feal as to the gravity and scale of the Soviet and German crimes.

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    Michael Santa Barbara, ca, United States 08-03-13
    Michael Santa Barbara, ca, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Unbelievable"
    Would you listen to Bloodlands again? Why?

    No. I never reread books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bloodlands?

    The post-war follow-up on how Stalin rewrote European history.


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    Steady. Handled a ton of numbers in a straight forward manner. Unemotional without being monotone or flat.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. The subject is just too big - wide and deep.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing we learn from history is that we don't learn from history.<br/><br/>I've read several books on both theatres of war. This was unique due to its focus on the victims -both of Stalin and Hitler.<br/><br/>Unlike the Pacific war, the battle in Europe was one of several ethnicities, religious beliefs and a staggering amount of leaders and methodologies. This book brought the all the nuance together.<br/><br/>Painful to listen to what with all the inhumanity on exhibit. And, the numbers are just overwhelming.

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    Coco Auerswald San Francisco 06-25-13
    Coco Auerswald San Francisco 06-25-13
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    "State of the art"

    From the sometimes poetic, often homeric, always impressive writing, to the profound turns of phrase, to the illuminating and exhaustive research into the events and the period, to the deeply insightful interpretation of human motivation, action, and psychology, this book far and away transcends most historical narratives and achieves insights far deeper and far more enlightening than any I've read or listened to before. The performance is equal to the subject matter and the writing. The narrator captures the tone brilliantly. You can read other reviews and capsules to get a sense of subject matter; there’s no need to go into it here. In my view, to listen to or read this book is to gain an understanding not just of some of the most horrible events in history, but of what makes us human. It’s not just a book; it’s an experience.

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    Josh Evanston, WY, United States 04-27-13
    Josh Evanston, WY, United States 04-27-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Illuminating"

    This is an absolutely illuminating performance. Though the amount of dates, historical figures, and facts would ordinarily make for a burdensome audio, Snyder's brilliant writing and Cosham's wonderful narration bring to life the terrible period of East European history. I found myself as engaged with this book as I would any work of nonfiction, sympathizing with the victims, visualizing their plight, and yearning to hear more. This is easily one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to

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    Keith O'Loane 04-19-13 Member Since 2016
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they like the History Eastern Europe and Hitler and Stalin's impact on the area.


    What other book might you compare Bloodlands to and why?

    Mao-The Untold Story. It has a lot of the same tragedy but in a different location.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in the impact of Stalin and Hitler on the area between Russia and Germany and the devastation wrought on these people you'll like this book. It gives a different perspective to WWII and the early Cold War era. It gives more ammunition to the discrediting of Communism and Fascism. Not uplifting but powerful.

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    Amazon Customer mckinney, texas United States 04-11-13
    Amazon Customer mckinney, texas United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2017
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    "informative, shocking, heartbreaking"
    Where does Bloodlands rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    definitely my best audible experience so far. so much has been forgotten or not reported in the u.s. about stalin's famine in the ukraine and poland compared to all we know about hitler's misdeeds.


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

    fluid delivery and compassion for the people afflicted by the tyranny.


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

    horror, incredulity made me cry.


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    LARRY United States 03-22-13
    LARRY United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "tough history"

    This is a part of our modern history of which we have almost no understanding. This book documents those underlying events that most historians bypass or gloss over. Unfortunately that author crosses his own path several times in the book with the effect of extending the the story to the point that I felt I was listening to the same events told from several angles. The end result was that I have been unable to finish this importand piece of history; perhaps another day.

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    David Fort Wayne, IN, United States 01-02-13
    David Fort Wayne, IN, United States 01-02-13
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, lots of historical information. Gives a better understanding of the suffering, and the callousness to that suffering that was going on during World War Two.


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