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  • By: Richard J. Evans
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 31 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (171 ratings)
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Summary

The definitive account of Germany's malign transformation under Hitler's total rule and the implacable march to war. This magnificent second volume of Richard J. Evans's three-volume history of Nazi Germany was hailed by Benjamin Schwartz of The Atlantic Monthly as "the definitive English-language account... gripping and precise." It chronicles the incredible story of Germany's radical reshaping under Nazi rule. As those who were deemed unworthy to be counted among the German people were dealt with in increasingly brutal terms, Hitler's drive to prepare Germany for the war that he saw as its destiny reached its fateful hour in September 1939.

The Third Reich in Power is the fullest and most authoritative account yet written of how, in six years, Germany was brought to the edge of that terrible abyss.

©2006 Richard J. Evans (P)2010 Gildan Media Corp
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“[Evans’s] three-volume history... is shaping up to be a masterpiece. Fluidly narrated, tightly organized and comprehensive." (William Grimes, The New York Times)

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Utterly superb

This is the second volume of three.

Utterly absorbing listen. Great depth and breadth, a masterpiece.

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An excellent book, average narration with poor pronunciation of German names

An excellent book written by a historian of the highest order. Evans painstakingly and superbly outlines all the facets in the development of Hitler’s totalitarian state, and the steady march towards the conflagration of the Second World War.

The performance is generally good but let down by a feature that is all too common in histories of this period - a failure to correctly pronounce German names. Ernst Röhm is the egregious example here, as Pratt incorrectly pronounces it as ‘Rome’.

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With Trump in Power a 'Must Read'

Prof Evans is a maven of Nazism with a solid analytical approach and review. Detailed, precise and depressingly prescient. The logical picking apart of the 3rd Reich in Power has echoes for the challenges faced by Democratic States concerned by the Behaviour of the US President. A vital read

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Excellent and detailed history of Nazi Germany

Professor Evans gives both a sweeping and in depth picture of Nazi Germany in the years 1933 to 1939. This is an essential book for anyone who is trying to understand the roots of World War 2 and how Hitler established himself as a dictator.

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Great and terrifying book.

Evans brings to life the full horror of the nazi regime, even against its own people before it began the war. A valuable book.

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What you did not know, very interesting

The two first books on Third reich is very interesting with lots of details. A must be for any one interested in why it became very bad in 30'ties and 40'ties.
Narrator is very good, but should take a basic course in german pronounciation. Who have ever heard of Gehring oh dear it is Herman Göring, took me long time to figure out. Could be ok in US or Isles, but not on the continent

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in power...

What did you like most about The Third Reich in Power?

There is nothing not to like. It is great book showing point of view of regular Germans in different parts of society.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the letters and diary entries added for the feel of an era.

What about Sean Pratt’s performance did you like?

He is the best narrator for this type of book. I wish he did some of the WWI and WWII documentaries on TV as narrator. Love his voice for history book. Didn't doze off even for a minute and I listen all day long!

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Great Writing, dreadful reading

Would you consider the audio edition of The Third Reich in Power to be better than the print version?

Probably Not

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Sean Pratt?

Somebody who can actually read English. The mid-phrase pauses were very distracting and made some parts very difficult to follow. Mr Pratt seriously needs to learn how to pronounce basic English words such as quay.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Understand why it happened.

Any additional comments?

The whole series provided a great insight into the Third Reich. Generally very well written but the reading was very poor indeed.

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Brilliant insight

This has to be the most detailed, informative breakdown of the years From hitlers chancellorship to the declaration of war in autumn of 1939. Fair play to the narrator for the hours and hours of narration. Definite future book of reference.
Highly recommended

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Wonderful

A masterpiece from a truly brilliant author. Sir Richard fills the book with amazing statistics covering every aspect of life in the Third Reich. Now onto the last book in this magnificent trilogy.

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