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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Selling Hitler by Robert Harris, read by David Rintoul.

Spring 1983: it seemed that one of the most startling discoveries of the century had been made and that one of the world's most sought after documents had finally come to light - the private diaries of Adolf Hitler. What followed was a fiasco of fakery, greed, the duping of experts, and the exchange of extraordinary sums of money for worldwide publishing rights. But that was just the beginning of the story....

©1986 Robert Harris (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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  • D. R. Croft
  • 06-24-18

The Hitler Diaries

This is a detailed account of the fabricated Hitler Diaries; how and why they were produced, how the German publisher Stern was deceived into buying the fake diaries, and finally how the world's press reacted to the publication of these diaries and what happened to perpetrators of this fraud

The book does show how such a fraud was possible, in spite of all the potential forensic evidence that eventually revealed as such but was ignored initially. The fixation of certain people with things claimed to be Hitler and Natzi in origin, made those people gullible and willing to spend large amounts of money for basically fake goods.

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  • C I H
  • 06-20-18

An excellent overview of an intriguing story.

David Rintoul brings the words to life a masterpiece of story narration, Robert Harris takes the listener through a complicated and compelling journey gathering the myriad strands of intrigue and events that demonstrate the human frailty of money, greed and avarice, an excellent storyline delivered simply.

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  • John
  • 08-17-18

Not Quiet What I Expected

Sold as a "new" Robert Harris, it dates back decades and is really a work from his journalistic days and really is more non-fiction. Good enough but not what I have come to regard Harris for.

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 07-06-18

A tangled web.

David Rintoul, as always, narrates well.
This is an almost unbelievable tale of the darker side of human nature. Fuelled by perverse obsessions with the evil of Nazism and the greed of journalists and publishers in search of lucrative sales of sensational stories, an outrageous con fools both the gullible and the cynical for a prolonged period. Few want to investigate the authenticity of this fraud/forgery, for their own reasons. The banality of the spurious diary’s contents is no deterrent- either it’s sacrosanct for Hitler worshippers (anything he said must be profound) or it’s going to be such a good money-spinner, or boost to academic acclaim, that those drawn into the net lose all sense of judgment.
Harris’s book was published years back but the audiobook is recent, and worth hearing. perhaps even more relevant today with the alarming rise of extreme right visibility. When the US President thinks Nazis could be nice people...

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  • Susan Whitehead
  • 10-15-18

Selling Hitler

This book was interesting, but not always easy to follow but that may have been my fault rather than the authors. However the recording seemed faulty in places. A couple of times the audio stopped altogether at other places it repeated itself and occasionally jumped like records used to when the needle had stuck.
I don’t think there was anything wrong with my listening device, l haven’t experienced this before or with anything else.

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  • G. Davenport
  • 09-16-18

Another hit from Harris

Excellent story and narration. This true story has a more intricate plot than some of his fictional books!

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  • Derrick
  • 09-05-18

Subtle, brilliant narrative

Other reviewers caution that this is a new audio version of quite an old book, coming out in 1986; only a couple of years after the events it describes. This is a journalist investigating a story, not a work of fiction. Nevertheless, it is well worth listening to. Robert Harris has a gift for weaving an immersive narrative and this is no exception, written when he was still more "journalist" than "thriller writer".

This is a fascinating story; one which I barely remember at the time, but filled with flawed characters driven by an odd cocktail of ignoble ambitions. It is a complex story which borders on farce, but is astonishing in that so many talented and successful businessmen (they are all men; this is 1983 after all) are so willing to suspend their critical faculties in pursuit of cash.

Brilliantly crafted, brilliantly narrated, this is well worth the time.

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  • Dawn Wildenberg
  • 09-04-18

Unexpectedly engrossing

I possibly hadn’t read the blurb fully and so was not expecting a non-fiction account of the Hitler diaries fiasco. However the incompetence, ill-timing, bad judgements and naivety of the protagonists make for a totally compelling story.

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  • EGBOK
  • 09-01-18

Another good story

I have enjoyed reading Robert Harris for more years than I care to admit to! Now that I can listen to them in the car, as a bedtime story etc I enjoy them even more. Although I thoroughly enjoyed this story I did feel at times that it was being dragged out. Short story long if you know what I mean, but I certainly do not regret buying it and I listened right to the end.

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  • Massive Lad
  • 08-07-18

What a surprise

Stick with it. I just got more and more into it. Bit difficult to follow all the names but we'll worth persevering. Incredible story which if you've been involved in any type of corporate ego or politics it will be very familiar. Another great Robert Harris book