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The Envoy

The Epic Rescue of the Last Jews of Europe in the Desperate Closing Months of World War II
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: History, 20th Century
4.5 out of 5 stars (114 ratings)

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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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"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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  • Willliam
  • West Haven, CT, United States
  • 03-26-11

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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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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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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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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Outstanding.

A+ all around. Excellent writing and narration. Kershaw and Guidall are a great combo. Exceptional.

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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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Fabulous book

This is the most interesting and detailed account of the Hungarian program I've ever read. Very well done from all accounts. I highly recommend for all

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  • AZO
  • San Diego, CA
  • 04-28-16

Excellent

Excellent, important story. Well laid out. I appreciated the multiple storylines woven within, all tied to Wallenberg's story.