Nightmare in Berlin

Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Available for the first time in English, here is an unforgettable novel about the desolation of postwar Germany after Hitler.

The war is over, yet Dr. Doll, a loner and "moderate pessimist", lives in constant fear. By night, he is still haunted by nightmarish images of the bombsite in which he is trapped - he, and the rest of Germany. More than anything, he wishes to vanquish the demon of collective guilt, but he is unable to right any wrongs, especially in his position as mayor of a small town in northeast Germany that has been occupied by the Red Army.

Dr. Doll flees this place for Berlin, where he finds escape in a morphine addiction: each dose is a "small death." He tries to make his way in the chaos of a city torn apart by war, accompanied by his young wife, who shares his addiction. Fighting to save two lives, he tentatively begins to believe in a better future.

Nightmare in Berlin captures the demoralized and desperate atmosphere of postwar Germany in a way that has never been matched or surpassed.

©2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Intriguing Book!

I really enjoyed this book. I also read Alone in Berlin which I liked, but felt Nightmare in Berlin captured me more. The characters are richly developed . The novel really captures the mood at the end of the war. I’ve never encountered a book or movie that deals with this period and was fascinated with the authors vivid descriptions. I wish he had lived longer to write more. Truly a gifted talented writer !

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  • Giuseppe
  • 04-04-18

Optimism after a war

The story is not bad, very interesting but sometimes slow.. The German soul after the war, their thoughts, their fears, their beliefs.. Fallada describes them well. The narrator makes the listening tough at times, but overall was good.

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