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The Third Reich at War Audiobook

The Third Reich at War

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Publisher's Summary

The final volume in Richard J. Evans’s masterly trilogy on the history of Nazi Germany traces the rise and fall of German military might, the mobilization of a “people’s community” to serve a war of conquest, and Hitler’s campaign of racial subjugation and genocide. Already hailed as “a masterpiece” (William Grimes in The New York Times) and “the most comprehensive history… of the Third Reich” (Ian Kershaw), this epic trilogy reaches its terrifying climax in this volume.

Evans interweaves a broad narrative of the war’s progress with viscerally affecting personal testimony from a wide range of people - from generals to front-line soldiers, from Hitler Youth activists to middle-class housewives. The Third Reich at War lays bare the dynamics of a nation more deeply immersed in war than any society before or since.

Fresh insights into the conflict’s great events are here, from the invasion of Poland to the Battle of Stalingrad to Hitler’s suicide in the bunker. But just as important is the re-creation of the daily experience of ordinary Germans in wartime, staggering under pressure from Allied bombing and their own government’s mounting demands upon them. At the center of the book is the Nazi extermination of Europe’s Jews, set in the context of Hitler’s genocidal plans for the racial restructuring of Europe.

Blending narrative, description, and analysis, The Third Reich at War creates an engrossing picture - at once sweeping and precise - of a society rushing headlong to self-destruction and taking much of Europe with it. It is the culmination of a historical masterwork that will remain the most authoritative work on Nazi Germany for years to come.

Listen to previous volumes in Richard J. Evans' Third Reich trilogy.

©2009 Richard J. Evans (P)2010 Gildan Media Corp

What the Critics Say

"Masterful….Evans demonstrates a fluent style and a sweeping grasp of the Third Reich’s history and of the enormous historical literature….Evans narrates the Reich’s end in gripping fashion as the Allies closed in on Germany. Evans’s fellow historians as well as a broader public will listen to this work, not quite with pleasure, for there is little joy in this story, but with admiration for the author’s narrative powers.” (Publisher’s Weekly)

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    Lisa 05-18-16
    Lisa 05-18-16 Member Since 2013
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    "following"

    it Finished all Faye's of the books on the rise and end of 3rd right

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    David P. McGivern Vancouver, BC Canada 05-13-16
    David P. McGivern Vancouver, BC Canada 05-13-16 Member Since 2017

    retired litigation lawyer; I read history; historical fiction; literary fiction. Narrator ++ important. Story equally so

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    "better than I expected in some ways, others, not"

    This series have been extensively reviewed by others, so ( for whomever follows me) I add my .2 worth

    First as to Mr Pratt. Narrators are always very important to me, i.e., I will pass on good story with a bad narrator 100% of the time. For years I passed on this series, though it interested me, because of the scathing reviews of Mr Pratt. Finally, though, with nothing else interesting to me at the moment...I just dove in and took a chance with him. He was ....fine. He did not detract from my listening. Hugely bad for many, I acknowledge. Ok for me.

    I listened to all 3 series in one go, all 90+ hours, and this very brief review is for all 3

    First the good. The 1st book, " The Coming of the Third Reich" I feel is the best of the 3. Anyone who is going to listen to 90+ hrs on Nazi Germany, me included, are familiar with this time in history, I suspect. But many start circa 1933 or so, and Evans gives a very interesting background explanation of Germany 1890 or so-1939. Compelling. Well worth the listen

    The Bad: The 2nd book, I agree with so many others, is mind numbing in its minutiae of society under Nazi rule. Everything. Government .Artists. Writers. Teachers. Students. Bankers.Dairy farmers ( broken down into sub categories of dairy farmers.....). On and on and on. Boring. Wish this book was 15 hours, not 35

    And what was missing for me: of course Mr Evans covers the persecution of the Jews and the Holocaust in detail ( and then some). But he describes, rather than explores or tries to explain, why it happened. Meaning he tells you ( as an example) german soldiers threw babies against walls to crush their skulls, but does not attempt to explain, or try to explain, how so many became so..evil ( I know he cannot succeed but others have tried). How men such as these could have reached such depravity, or murdered so many millions, with such ( apparent ) indifference ( this is not entirely accurate - he does mention the psychological damage on some, but overall, the reader is left wanting.)

    Do I recommend the series? Yes to the first book, yes to the 3rd, and no to the 2nd ( so get only if you are unlike myself who compulsively has to listen to every single minute of an audiobook before I can satisfy myself I have listened to it)

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    reyrey347 04-26-16
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    "All too Human"

    Very compelling stories. Makes you aware of how once evil has taken hold, it holds fast and takes everything down. Personally i thought this was much better than the shrier history (even if less technical).

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    Honest Reviewer massachusetts usa 01-19-16
    Honest Reviewer massachusetts usa 01-19-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Total waste of time"

    If you are interested in another chestnut about what those horrible Nazis did to those poor innocent Jews, you'll love this. If you're looking for a well researched account of National Socialist Germany during the 1939-1945 period you will be sickened by the B.S. you will be forced to endure.
    This needs to be re-labelled as the propoganda it actually is.

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    tony9277 10-20-15
    tony9277 10-20-15 Member Since 2017
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    "The Third Reich at War, Best in the Series!"

    I just finished the last book of Richard Evans three volume compilation. After reading Shire's "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich", I must say Evans has done a fantastic job of depicting life during Nazi Germany on all fronts, and explains in detail the extreme miserable conditions of the Jews, poles and the sacrifices all of Europe faced during this period. Great books and a very detailed history of the Third Reich during this time. Tony C.

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    Reed 07-06-15
    Reed 07-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A Must-Read"

    For anyone with even a passing interest in world history. This book is a much deeper dive into Nazi Germany's war than just the tactical outcome of battles. Evans meticulously and often painfully reconstructs the horror that was among the most murderous and evil regimes in human history.

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    TJ Diamond 06-23-15
    TJ Diamond 06-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Solid History"

    The Third Reich at War Vol3 provided a thorough look at all aspects of the regime. A social history of the utmost quality.

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    Stephen 06-04-15
    Stephen 06-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding history"

    Outstanding. Incredible on its scope and depth, and never boring. A book everyone should read (listen to) in all 3 volumes. Moving and thought provoking.

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    Richard C. Sears 03-19-15
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    "Elegant all around"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Beautifully read and beautifully written. You get a good picture of what life was like in Nazi Germany during the war.


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    Jerry Morelock Knoxville, TN United States 02-24-15
    Jerry Morelock Knoxville, TN United States 02-24-15 Member Since 2015

    I've been a member a lot longer than one year--that is all.

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    "History Told Well"

    Top-notch; ranks among the best history books I've ever read.

    The content is arranged so that various topics are related together rather than haphazardly all in a jumble. Of course this makes for a bit of repetitiveness, but the overall clarity is worth it.

    Narration is extremely professional and fits the subject matter in tone and inflection. I noticed that the narrator occasionally pronounced the same words (usually names) differently, but that didn't bother me since I don't know the correct pronunciation for those words anyway.

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