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Berlin Audiobook

Berlin: The Downfall: 1945

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Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Berlin by Antony Beevor, read by Peter Nobel.

Berlin: The Downfall: 1945 is Antony Beevor's brilliant account of the fall of the Third Reich.

The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Reich in January 1945. Political instructors rammed home the message of Wehrmacht and SS brutality. The result was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known, with tanks crushing refugee columns under their tracks, mass rape, pillage and destruction.

Hundreds of thousands of women and children froze to death or were massacred because Nazi Party chiefs, refusing to face defeat, had forbidden the evacuation of civilians. Over seven million fled westwards from the terror of the Red Army.

Antony Beevor reconstructs the experiences of those millions caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich's final collapse, telling a terrible story of pride, stupidity, fanaticism, revenge and savagery, but also one of astonishing endurance, self-sacrifice and survival against all odds.

©2007 Antony Beevor (P)2017 Penguin AudioBooks

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    Margaret Nieuwerkerk a.d. IJssel, Netherlands 11/08/2017
    Margaret Nieuwerkerk a.d. IJssel, Netherlands 11/08/2017 Member Since 2008
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    "War and horror"

    This well researched book is full of horrendous detail. It is very well read. A must if interested in WWII.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Conor Naylor 03/08/2017
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    "Enthralling"

    An easy listen, I would recommend for any WWII enthusiast. Some horrific images portrayed throughout.

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    nathan 21/01/2018
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    "Exceptional "

    Brilliant insight into the battle of Berlin, fully recommend this to anyone interested in the subject

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    Steven 09/01/2018
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    "Macabre, disturbing incredibly gripping"

    Macabre, disturbing while listening in Berlin but incredibly gripping.
    The reading is very well performed.

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    A Buyer UK 11/11/2017
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    "Good book with good narration."

    Harrowing stuff. An eye opener on the suffering of the German civilians.
    4 stars because I felt a bit overwhelmed by the military and geographic detail. That problem probably doesn't arise in the printed version with it maps.

    The speed and strength of the narration greatly adds to the sense of an unfolding catastrophe . Compelling book..

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    "Well told and written."

    Yes a harrowing narrative to put an end to an evil dictator. They can pop up in any generation if people are stupid enough to vote them in.

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    C. Hamilton-welsh uk 25/07/2017
    C. Hamilton-welsh uk 25/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "very very good."

    very comprehensive and terribly vivid. narrated really well. Would recommend highly if u like social and war history

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    john mc 14/02/2018
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    "Already read this book"

    Many years ago and decided to revisit it, still as good as I remember, so would recommend

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    "Out of breath narrator "

    The content is good, but the way it has been presented was giving a sense that ,’I am out of breath’ , kind of gave this book a discounted factor. I don’t understand why the narrator has to stretch his every last breath to finish the sentence. It was giving me a breathing difficulties too!

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    Adam Mcneill 14/10/2017
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    "Berlin untold Russian truth ?"

    I listened and listened again.

    People have no idea, we look back on these times today and make games.

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    "Really really good."

    It's on par with the other books written by Antony Beevor, but this one seems to emphasise the civilian blight of germans once the Soviet Union crossed the reich's borders.

    Really full of small anecdotes that make the war feel more "human" instead of the book being just a chronological catalogue of who did what, when and why.

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  • Kate Oats
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    "If only there could have been more"

    I was absolutely hooked from start to finish. The detail was, in my opinion, perfectly balanced. Tough listening in places but the reality of war shouldn't be avoided. Particularly poignant listening, as I now live in the former East Berlin and work within 5 minutes of the Führerbunker.

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