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The best-selling author of Hitler: Ascent and Hitler: Downfall reconstructs the chaotic, otherworldly last days of Nazi Germany.

On April 30, 1945, in a bunker deep beneath the Old Reich Chancellery, Adolf Hitler and his newly wedded wife, Eva Braun, killed themselves. But Nazi Germany lived on, however briefly. The subsequent eight days were among the most turbulent in history, witnessing not only the final battles of World War II and the collapse of the Wehrmacht, but the near-total disintegration of the once-mighty Third Reich.

In a taut, propulsive narrative, eminent historian Volker Ullrich depicts the final days of the Nazi empire through the eyes of Germans, both famous and ordinary, who experienced them. He takes us inside the phantomlike regime of Hitler's chosen successor, Admiral Karl Dönitz, while capturing the drama of a society in its death throes - from mass suicides to fanatics calling for one last stand. Integrating an astonishing variety of new primary sources, Ullrich offers an indispensable account of the costs of mass delusion.

©2020 Verlag C. H. Beck oHG, München (P)2021 Tantor
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Gripping. Just Don't Listen To It

This is an important and "page-turning" account of these final days of the Reich. The experience, however, of the audiobook, makes it more of a "hurry up and get it over with." The narration misses on many levels. It is almost unlistenable. Buyer beware.

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Worst narrator

The narrator pronounces Fuhrer Like foo-er

He does this with so many other words. It’s so bad.

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Not Really Eight Days--And the Narration ...

This book is kind of about the last eight days of the Third Reich. It does cover those days, but also engages in numerous digressions backward and forward in time. Maybe that is unavoidable to some extent, but at times it gets a little irritating. Still, I learned some new things.

Speaking of irritating, there is the narration. The author (or translator) repeatedly uses the word "Führer" to refer to Hitler. Not surprising. But McLain simply cannot pronounce it correctly. He basically says "Foo-rer." As one who has taken German language classes, I understand German pronunciations can be challenging. But to mispronounce a word that appears over and over again almost made be quit the book. He is better with other German words, but mangles a few others.

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Interesting history incompetently read

A well-written account of a fascinating chapter in history. Unfortunately the narrator is utterly unsuited to the material. Why would a man who has absolutely no concept of how to pronounce German words be hired to read a book like this? At the very least, you'd think at some point someone would have taken him aside and explained to him how to say "Führer."

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Terrible audio

The story and contents are very interesting, but the audio recording is choppy and skips too often. Additionally it does not seem like the narrator knows how to pronounce German words.

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Masterful Account of the Last Month of Nazi Government

Masterful account of the last month of the war written by a modern German historian who is completely frank about sentiments and atrocities. What I liked about this book compared to most others that focus on the bunker story is that the reader gets a behind-the-scenes view of what the leaders were talking about and what regular Germans were saying and doing.

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narrator’s pronunciation of German words is AWFUL!

How can somebody who is being paid to read a book about WWII history mispronounce Fuehrer (constantly pronouncing it as “fir-er”)? After about the hundredth time I was starting to go crazy The content of the book is very good

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Interesting but superficial

The epilogue is the best part of the book. There are some annoying translation errors.