• The Envoy

  • The Epic Rescue of the Last Jews of Europe in the Desperate Closing Months of World War II
  • By: Alex Kershaw
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (154 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Hailed as “a master storyteller” (Booklist), Alex Kershaw routinely climbs best-seller lists with his narrative histories. In the waning months of World War II, SS Colonel Adolf Eichmann sent over half a million Hungarians to their deaths at Auschwitz. But one Jewish ghetto remained, and only one man - a Swedish diplomat named Raoul Wallenberg - could stop Eichmann.

©2010 Alex Kershaw (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC
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  • Categories: History

Critic Reviews

"A tense, fast-moving narrative that shows Wallenberg as a match for Eichmann in intelligence and determination as he utilized fake documents, safe houses, and a variety of other methods to save thousands of Jewish lives. This is an inspiring story that illustrates how one dedicated human can make an impact, even against a monstrous tyranny." ( Booklist)

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an amazing story

This is a moving, tragic story of Raol Wallenberg's efforts to rescue Jews of Hungary using his diplomat's status and strategy. It exposes the cruelty of the Nazi's the Hungarian Nazi party and the role of Eichman in the deportation. Such cruelty is hard to imagine, Also hard to imagine is the courage of Wallenberg. The tragic end of Wallenberg and the impact on his family, make this book an important addition to the history of WW2

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A man who could not stand by

This story of Raoll Wallenberg and the rescue of Hungarian Jews is a powerful reminder that just as "normal" people are capable of committing unspeakable acts of genocide like the Nazis did, so are "normal" people capable of enormous courage and heroism to save the lives of strangers. Wallenberg did not have a direct connection with the Jews he saved other than that they were people too and he could not tolerate standing by without doing all he could to see one saved. He must have been an angel to those he pulled from the death marches. His story has inspired me to believe again that even the normal among us can do such good that does indeed change the world.

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The Envoy

I don't typically read or listen to books of this nature. I was pleasantly surprised that it flowed very well. The book has alot of focus on Budapest and provides the reader with more information on this lightly covered area of the Holocost. It is a an excellent narration by George Guidall

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Raoul Wallenberg and what he did should be taught in schools

Surprisingly, as a WWII history buff, I had never heard of Raoul Wallenberg until I read this excellent book. His exploits to save the last of the Jews in Europe, along with how the soviets "disappeared" and later murdered him, should be more well known, and taught in schools everywhere. This book is an excellent telling of his story, and some of the people he saved.

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Perhaps the most important book I have ever "read"

This is a wonderful story! Raoul Wallenberg would have been a remarkable person in any decade of the past century, but it seems as though he was the necessary hero to live in Hungary during the 1940s in order to save so many from murder by the Nazis. He consciously chose to give up all for strangers, people whom he did not know. This book is written with intrigue, providing a clear view of what it was like to live during those horrific times,, It develops a very human and riveting picture of Wallenberg, who did not simply supply false papers that often meant the difference between life and death for those who received them. He repeatedly personally confronted Eichmann, his henchman, and the Iron Guard of Hungary, personally saving Jews from certain death. This book makes it possible to begin to understand how one man could save tens of thousands of lives through sheer will. This is a story that all should read. And a lesson in heroism that our children and their children should learn from. It provides new (to me) and needed facts about what happened to Wallenberg once the war was ended. I am sorry to the book ended. It was gripping throughout.

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STUNNING

An education about one of the lesser known tragedies of the second world war. Most have heard of Adolph Eichmann but few, I would venture, know how he went toe to toe with Raoul Wallenberg in his attempts to rid Budapest of Jews. What a sad commentary of humankind and the faint- hearted majority; those who stand by while tragedy befalls others. A celebration of the courage of the few but a general indictment of the pathetic, malleable majority.

Brilliantly told. An excellent performance by George Guidall.

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Great book on saving some of the Jews

Would you consider the audio edition of The Envoy to be better than the print version?

Never read it.

What did you like best about this story?

All the ways Wallenberg went about saving people.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many

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

The end

Any additional comments?

This is a really good book on someone who risked his own life many times to save as many victims as possible. A true hero!

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Wallenburg v Eichman

His portrait of Eichman is so real I thought the book was about him and wondered how he could be called an envoy. And then we segued into the story of Raul Wallenburg which is the real story and one that fully demonstrates Soviet paranoia, antisemitism near as bad as Hitler's, intentional deceit of the west.

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Beautiful story, roughly narrated

This story was one I had not heard before and thoroughly enjoyed. The story of Wallenberg is an incredibly touching and brave one. My only struggle was the narration. It was monotone and hard to listen to sometimes and his voice never changed for the different characters. Overall though I highly enjoyed it.

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Is There No Limit?

Is There No Limit?

No, I don't believe there is any limit to the evil that one man may inflict upon another. We truly do not know the true events of WWII unless we take the time to read the accounts of those who were there.

I have been to the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC and was very moved by that visit. But there are still so many things that I am unaware of regarding that time. How could men do this to each other.

Raoul Wallenberg is a hero of the human race. He Looked Beyond the danger and did what had to be done for the Jews of Hungary. A truly amazing man.

The Nazis are a wicked bunch. There are no words that I can think of to adequately describe them. Killers.

The Soviets are not much better. To think that the Soviets arrived to liberate you only to find out that they only meant to imprison you had to be debilitating to the Jews. Never trust a communist.

There are those who like to say that some in America are much like Hitler and the Nazis. They are either ignorant or just simply stupid. Read this book and others like it to educate yourself and then ask, "Is there anything in America that is like this?" No, there is not.

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