• Hunting Hitler's Nukes

  • The Secret Race to Stop the Nazi Bomb
  • By: Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-20-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Quercus
  • 5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of true military classics Zero Six Bravo, The Nazi Hunters and Churchill's Secret Warriors.

In the Spring of 1940, as Britain reeled from defeats on all fronts and America seemed frozen in isolation, one fear united the British and American leaders like no other: the Nazis had stolen a march on the Allies towards building the atomic bomb. So began the hunt for Hitler's nuclear weapons - nothing else came close in terms of priorities. It was to be the most secret war of those wars fought amongst the shadows. The highest stakes. The greatest odds.

Prior to the outbreak of the war, the massive German chemicals conglomerate I. G. Farben - the future manufacturers of Zyklon B, the gas used in the Nazi concentration camps - had started producing bulk supplies of deuterium oxide - heavy water - at the remote Norwegian plant of Vemork.

This was the central target of three separate missions over the ensuing four years: Operations Grouse, Freshman and Gunnerside. As Churchill commented, 'The actual facts in many cases were equal to the most fantastic inventions of romance and melodrama. Tangle with tangle, plot and counterplot, ruse and treachery, cross and double-cross, true agent, false agent, double agent, gold and steel, the bomb, the dagger and the firing party were interwoven in a texture so intricate as to be incredible yet true.'

Damien Lewis' new best seller intercuts the hunt for the scientists, the raw materials and the plant with the cloak-and-dagger intelligence game being played in the shadows. This relied in part on Enigma intercepts to guide the SOE's hand. Lewis delves into some of the most extraordinarily inventive and Machiavellian innovations at the SOE and their related research and training schools, whereby the enemy were tricked, deceived, framed, blackmailed and double- and triple-crossed, all in the name of stopping the Reich from getting the bomb.

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Critic Reviews

"Suicidal bravery, untold moral courage and awe-inspiring survival. An utterly compelling read." (Bear Grylls)

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  • JohnA
  • 01-30-17

Gripping story of an epic endeavour

Well constructed account of a remarkable feat of a band of extraordinary men. Having skied on the Vidda in Spring one can only marvel at how they managed to survive in such harsh conditions. Let's not forget the whole band from each of the operations. From the sappers to the SOE personnel they were all heroes. Well read if a little matter of fact at times the harshness of the environment was well described.

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  • Douglas
  • 12-09-16

Superb

A gripping and thrilling account of this true ww2 story of real heroism excellently narrated

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  • Mr. Alan R. Jenkins
  • 05-11-17

Telemark Heros

Where does Hunting Hitler's Nukes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best so far. Superb authorship with corresponding narration. Absolutely stunning story.

What did you like best about this story?

Having, like so many no doubt who have watched the Richard Harris and Kirk Douglas film "Hero's of Telemark" the book expands on many of those scenes albeit in different occurrence within the film; however, what the film lacked, the book more than outlines the sheer resolute and heroism of those that played so an important part in the prevention of the Nazi regime from acquiring the Atomic bomb before the conflict in Europe could be won for the allies. What a story.

Which character – as performed by Greg Wagland – was your favourite?

Greg played his part to illustrate verbally the people where appropriate come to life within your imagination without losing the plot or intensity of the characters.

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

The tragic consequences of the operations, and the hardship the men suffered once in occupied Norway, in climate conditions that no human should have survived and yet perform the ultimate aim of the operation through to its end and nonetheless not experience the gallant rewards by being executed in such a cruel manner.

Any additional comments?

This is a outstanding book telling the beyond heroic efforts of all those involved in the operations aimed at denying the Nazi regime gain their ultimate weapon of World War II. Everyone should listen or read the book to understand what human sacrifice can done for the good against evil.

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  • Tuffers
  • 03-23-17

great history

riveting story and will be looking at other books by this author and others like him

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-27-17

greatly enjoyed the book

would absolutely recommend this book. easy to listen to. well narrated and a incredable story

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-11-16

A true story of Heroism.

Hitler was very close to having the ability of producing the first atomic bomb, the acts of bravery and fortitude by so few men undoubtedly changed the outcome of the war.

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  • A. DONALDSON
  • 01-23-17

excellent book well read

Other than the heroes of telemark film I knew little about the SOE raids in Norway. This book gives a gripping account of several missions which were in the main successful to deny the third reich it's heavy water from Norway. It gives good descriptions of the characters involved and reads like a novel. Well read by the narrator I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • chemclimber
  • 09-06-17

Incredible

What made the experience of listening to Hunting Hitler's Nukes the most enjoyable?

This is one of those times when fact is stranger than fiction. It's 5 James bond movies in one plus any number of thrillers. Just listen to it its incredible.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hunting Hitler's Nukes?

Heliberg having dinner right under the nose of the Gestapo officer

Have you listened to any of Greg Wagland’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I would listen to more of his work.

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  • Jim Vaughan
  • 09-03-17

Great story, well told.

Fantastically gripping story of the heroic, and almost impossible sabotage of the Norwegian Deuterium Oxide plant, on which the Nazis nuclear programme to build the first atomic bomb depended.

I hadn't realised just how close German scientists like Werner Heisenberg came, the Nazis having captured the main source of Uranium in Europe when they invaded Czechoslovakia. Heavy water was the other ingredient they needed, as a moderator. Only by a commando style raid, outwitting the tough German defences by using a route considered impossible, and after months hiding out in the frozen wastes of Norway could the sabotage succeed.

If you like true stories of heroic endurance, and daring you will enjoy this book. The narrator is excellent, with just the right kind of voice, and convincing pronunciation of some very tricky Norwegian names!

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  • rats404
  • 02-27-17

Unbearably irritating narration style

I've enjoyed several of Damien Lewis' works as audiobooks, but the irritatingly repetitive rise and fall pitch of the narrator made it impossible to listen past chapter one. I returned it for a refund.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful