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Hitler Audiobook

Hitler: Ascent 1889-1939

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Publisher's Summary

A major new biography - an extraordinary, penetrating study of the man who has become the personification of evil.

For all the literature about Adolf Hitler, there have been just four seminal biographies; this is the fifth, a landmark work that sheds important new light on Hitler himself. Drawing on previously unseen papers and a wealth of recent scholarly research, Volker Ullrich reveals the man behind the public persona, from Hitler's childhood, to his failures as a young man in Vienna, to his experiences during the First World War, to his rise as a far-right party leader. Ullrich deftly captures Hitler's intelligence, instinctive grasp of politics, and gift for oratory as well as his megalomania, deep insecurity, and repulsive worldview.

Many previous biographies have focused on the larger social conditions that explain the rise of the Third Reich. Ullrich gives us a comprehensive portrait of a postwar Germany humiliated by defeat, wracked by political crisis, and starved by an economic depression - but his real gift is to show vividly how Hitler used his ruthlessness and political talent to shape the Nazi party and lead it to power. For decades the world has tried to grasp how Hitler was possible. By focusing on the man at the center of it all, on how he experienced his world, formed his political beliefs, and wielded power, this riveting biography brings us closer than ever to the answer.

Translated from the German by Jefferson Chase.

©2016 Volker Ullrich (P)2016 Gildan Media LLC

What the Critics Say

"Ullrich reveals Hitler to have been an eminently practical politician - and frighteningly so. Timely...One of the best works on Hitler and the origins of the Third Reich to appear in recent years." (Kirkus Reviews)

"An outstanding study...All the huge, and terrible moments of the early Nazi era are dissected...but the real strength of this book is in disentangling the personal story of man and monster." (The Guardian [U.K.])

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    marcoscu Chorley,UK 19/01/2017
    marcoscu Chorley,UK 19/01/2017 Member Since 2016

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    "Good book., well read."

    A conventional account of Hitler's rise, we'll read but with some strange translation quirks.





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  • Joshua
    03/11/16
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    "Worthwhile if you haven't read a Hitler biography"

    I've read every major historical biography of Hitler in my studies, so I picked this up on audible for ease. Honestly, it's ok. I would certainly say it's a good start off point, at least as good as Kershaw's and with some updated information. Ullrich also concentrates a lot more on Hitler the man and has a fairly differing POV with a lot of previous scholarship on questions about Hitler's personality. I certainly cannot complain about the research and writing, it's all good. Honestly though, I preferred reading it myself later. The narration isn't great.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • lesley
    Newport Beach, CA, United States
    22/10/16
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    "Read, don't listen"

    First: narrator would put anyone to sleep. Very sing-song voice lacking any variability even in passages that are dramatic and/or horrifying. I ended up reading the book in hardcover-- which also has the advantage of giving you very detailed references and footnotes.
    This is an invaluable addition to the many books about Hitler. The author had the advantage of more time having passed and more primary source material being available since previous biographies. Despite being long, the book is well-written and really holds the reader's interest. As you know if you've read reviews elsewhere, the author doesn't approach Hitler as a monster but as a skilled man who had absolutely no conscience and who perfected the dubious talent of manipulating people according to their greatest vulnerabilities. The truth was anything that advanced his power. Very timely in our country where so many are re-examining our form of government and what the citizen's role is in preserving our democracy.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    05/12/16
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    "A new view of the man."

    A different perspective on his early life and great detail on the pre WWI Vienna years that makes his experience clearer. The rise to power is described based on multiple firsthand sources and provides the reader a very clear view of the motives of the players. At least that's what I came away with. A very clear and realistic picture of the man.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Can't Talk - Listening
    Oregon
    14/11/16
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    "History we wished DIDN'T happen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hitler to be better than the print version?

    No comment.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The IMMENSE amount of research that must have gone into this compelling book. Clearly the writer, and others before him, spent many, many MANY hours hunched over desks reading millions of words to get what was needed for this material. No detail, no matter how small, was left untold.


    What does Don Hagen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I felt like I was sitting in the room with Hitler at times, listening to him scream and spit, berating those around him just for the joy of it, seeing his face turn different shades of red, wondering who wouldn't be in the room the next day because of some perceived slight that set him off so. A truly frightening yet fascinating monster of a man. To bring the story to that kind of life was compelling, which is what I always hope for, but don't always get, in biographies. This one delivered with change to spare. this one belongs in any history buff's library for sure.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Like you've never seen or heard him before"


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • matthew c strublic
    12/11/16
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    "Great book!"

    This is perhaps one of the best woks on the subject I have come across. Personal details make this work come to life in a way that makes it most enjoyable to listen to. Highly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dwayne
    Colorado Springs, CO
    26/04/17
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    "Surprisingly engaging for a 34 hour audiobook"
    What made the experience of listening to Hitler the most enjoyable?

    Well researched and logically presented story. The narrator is capable and pleasant to listen to--important for such a long audiobook.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Goebbels because he kept a diary of nearly everything and was a sycophant.


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

    When Hitler reoccupied the Rhineland and the other powers did nothing to check him even though Germany at the time was not strong enough to resist a concerted military effort by France and Great Britain. What horrors might have been prevented if action were taken promptly to check an obvious power thrust by Hitler?


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should know this history in order to prevent it from happening again as history is wont to do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D.A.D.
    10/04/17
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    "Hitler a man of many personalities"

    I have several books by different authors about Adolf Hitler. I am interested hearing the different stories and versations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John M. Joplin
    Seattle, wa United States
    02/04/17
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    "fresh material."

    fresh material. i have just about ever h book but learned new stuff here

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dennis
    15/03/17
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    "Not completely pro German but close"

    A true pro German book the author wouldn't feel the need to say... That's nonsense of course... When expressing Hitlers opinion on a racial matter. that being said the author was fair 99 percent of the time.
    I have five stars because this book was at least as good as Toland or Kershaws bio on Hitler. It covered his childhood very well.
    The reader was top notch but I wish the Thule society would be covered more as I feel we may not of heard of Adolph Hitler if his path had not crossed there's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • W. Twain
    Cincinnati, OH United States
    15/03/17
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    "many details about minutia"

    I learned a lot listening to this book, the narrator was great. But when it spends so much time going over details (and trivia about how Hitler sat or stood) you'd think it would go a bit more into the main thing he's known for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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