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The Holocaust Audiobook

The Holocaust: A New History

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Publisher's Summary

Narrated by actor Jonathan Keebles, this brilliantly researched tome on the Holocaust incorporates the most up-to-date research with interviews and first-hand accounts. This is a thoughtful account of a shameful period in world history.

This landmark work answers two of the most fundamental questions in history: how and why did the Holocaust happen?

Laurence Rees has spent 25 years meeting survivors and perpetrators of the Third Reich and the Holocaust. Now, in his magnum opus, he combines largely unpublished testimony with the latest academic research to create the first accessible and authoritative account of the Holocaust in over three decades. Rees argues that whilst hatred of the Jews was always at the epicentre of Nazi thinking - and the Holocaust was the most appalling crime in history - what happened cannot be fully understood without considering the murder of the Jews alongside other Nazi plans to kill millions of non-Jews as well. He also reveals the inner machinations of the Nazi state and shows how there was no single decision to start the Holocaust; instead, a series of escalations cumulatively created the horror.

Through a chronological, intensely gripping narrative featuring the latest historical research and enthralling eyewitness testimony, this is the compelling story of humanity's lowest point.

©2017 Laurence Rees (P)2017 Penguin

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    Nanbar3 10/02/2017
    Nanbar3 10/02/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "History Repeats Itself ?"

    As I enjoy history books, there isn't anything in particular I dislike about the book. It is a timely reminder of how human beings can allow themselves to believe demagoguery when they benefit from it at someone else's expense ( Jews, Poles, everyone not considered racially superior). It is an extremely well researched book, with accounts from individuals who were there. Even though everyone knows about the extermination of European Jewry, the level of Nazi anti Jewish sentiment made me feel physically sick. The level of collusion
    To formulate extermination very frightening indeed. In current times we need to remember for evil to succeed all it takes is people doing nothing.


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    Rathelstan 28/02/2017
    Rathelstan 28/02/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Holocaust - A masterly telling"
    Where does The Holocaust rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the finest audio history books I have listened to. Totally engaging. A clear and measured account of the darkest error of western European history.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Holocaust?

    This does not really apply. The whole book is a highlight.


    What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Mr Keeble is a masterly narrater. Vocally clear and engaged with the text, a model of the professional readers art. Quotes from holocaust survivors are read with character, without a trace of caricature.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. The text is too long and the subject matter means that I for one needed some respite.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    andrew 23/02/2017
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    "Gripping and fascinating read."

    Lawrence Rees has written an incredible poignant, moving, insightful book detailing a new history of the holocaust thats maps out if existence and those who participated and suffered at the hands of it. I was gripped from start to finish. 5 Stars...It is also superbly read by Jonathan Keeble who adds the right tone and voice to the subject matter.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sparky89 02/03/2017
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    "wow"

    Amazing. Terrifying. An insight like none I've read or watched before.
    The narrator is, I feel, a good choice. He brings a level of intensity and care to a telling of this history that is respectful.

    The book itself is well paced, indepth and compelling to listen to.
    The author presents the research, backed up by citing documents and interviews, in a chronological way. He gives his opinions and shows why he came to those conclusions.

    If you want a broader (in the sensw that it covers a larger time scale) knowledge of the acts that took place in this dark area of our recent history, that is also full of detail this is definitely a good book to try

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    paul WORTHING, United Kingdom 11/04/2017
    paul WORTHING, United Kingdom 11/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "painfullly compulsive"

    JK is probably the best narrator in audible and i am drawn to books he covers as i find him an easy listen - he does a first class job here as did the author who's strength in assembling material is astounding . . at points i had to stop listening as the content is so dark and shows the depths of depravity to which the human mind can sink . but i also felt an obligation to get through the book as my modem sacrifice does not even scratch the surface of the suffering of millions for the sake of the deviant ideology .

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    Katie 27/06/2017
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    "truthful but not detailed"

    a good timeline of events but unfortunately not as descriptive as I would have hoped...it did not however focus on Hitler as many accounts do

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    Jo B 22/06/2017
    Jo B 22/06/2017

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    "Gripped from the first sentence"

    Well narrated with sombre facts and although a true horror story I would listen to it all over again - I was never bored. An excellent and fascinating book.

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    Bill 11/06/2017
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    "A chillingly emotional history expertly told by Rees."

    Whilst horrifying and chilling in its content, it provides a highly innovative and insightful investigation into the mass murder of a peoples. A must read for anyone who is interested in the period/ episode. In particular Rees's weaving of highly emotive oral accounts from survivors into the historical narrative makes the read/listen utterly compelling.

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    Alex E. 09/05/2017
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    "Prepare yourself!"

    Superlative piece of research, delivered impeccably well by Jonathan Keeble. I thought I knew about this subject, how wrong I was. Moving and at times difficult to listen, but gripping nonetheless. If you're remotely interested in WWII, get it?

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    mcsmall Larbert, Stirlingshire 23/04/2017
    mcsmall Larbert, Stirlingshire 23/04/2017 Member Since 2015

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    "A Harrowing But Necessary Listen"

    I cannot imagine how the author must have felt whilst researching this book .Merely listening to it made me feel nauseous and almost ashamed to be human.

    Rees has carefully researched this dark period of European history, and it is important for all of us to beware of ideologies which demonise those who are different from ourselves and to promote tolerance so that nothing like this could ever happen again.

    Jonathan Keeble's clear and serious narration was appropriate for this audiobook.

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