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Stephen John Roberts

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A superb book beautifully read.

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Reviewed: 02-10-19

Everybody in Britain should be made to listen to this book, which movingly describes the incredible victory achieved by the allies in 1918. It is beautifully performed and listening to it was a thoroughly moving experience.

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A Detailed Biography of an Extraordinary Man

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Reviewed: 26-09-19

It was not always easy to follow and, to modern ears, is exceedingly verbose and pompous, but, overall, it is a beautifully written and informative account of a unique friendship and a fascinating era.

Difficult and Challenging Book. Very well read.

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Reviewed: 21-08-19

Nobody can pretend that this is an easy read. Unless you are already extremely well read in the fields of classics and philosophy, it is, without exegesis, almost certainly, going to be incomprehensible. I am studying Nietzsche as an intellectual exercise and am making slow progress. Full marks to the chap who performed this text. He must have had to work very hard, so I hope he was well remunerated for his efforts.

Surely the last word on Hitler.

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Reviewed: 26-06-19

it is a remarkably clear and comprehensive study of the dictator and his era. Kershaw demonstrates thorough, objective scholarship and, dare I say it, empathy for Hitler and the Germans. He explains both their actions by getting into their minds and circumstances. Please note, however, that empathy is not the same as sympathy. Kershaw is careful to describe the appalling consequences of Hitler's actions on human beings and calls the whole thing a breakdown in civilization. The book is beautifully read by someone whose diction manages to convey the objectivity and solemnity of the text in a business manner. After reading this, one need not read another book about Hitler.

powerfully solemn book with profound messages

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Reviewed: 03-12-18

I recommend the book. it is well worth listening to: almost prophetic on its grand scale and captivating in its intimacy. The characters are very human and their connections plausible. The readers are quite good. Just a little wooden.

One of the Greatest Books in the World

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Reviewed: 04-07-18

A profoundly moving, rich and provoking story, beautifully read by Leighton Pugh. I found his ability to portray such a multitude of characters by subtly varying his voice and accent to be awe-inspiring. I do not want to give away any plot details for fear of spoiling it for other listeners. Suffice it to say that I strongly recommend anybody interested in the human condition to purchase this title. It is life-changing.