Two Brothers

  • by Ben Elton
  • Narrated by Jot Davies
  • 18 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Berlin 1920
Two babies are born. Two brothers. United and indivisible, sharing everything. Twins in all but blood. As Germany marches into its Nazi Armageddon, the ties of family, friendship and love are tested to the very limits of endurance. And the brothers are faced with an unimaginable choice....
Which one of them will survive? Ben Elton's most personal novel to date, Two Brothers transports the listener to the time of history's darkest hour.


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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I certainly would. I'd say that Elton is in no sense a 'literary' artist but to get an idea of what it was like to be a Berlin Jew as the Nazis tightened the vice you could hardly do better than this.

What did you like best about this story?

It's absolutely gripping. I'm a historian and well acquainted with the period in Europe 1920-1940, and I've read many books about the rise of Fascism and the Holocaust. However, even the best historian has to deal in generalities. A good novelist/storyteller like Elton gives you the reality like what it really meant to be forced to lick the pavement by a gang of psychopathic SA thugs. There are many such moments in this book. Some of it reminded me of '1984' though in this case everything is factual & horribly realistic, made worse by Elton's gift for black humour, which he gives especially to Wolfgang. The book is very long but I didn't want it to end and I rationed my listening.

Have you listened to any of Jot Davies’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but he was perfect for the job. All the characters were perfectly distinguishable and well-realised.

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

Many such moments, but I admired the way Elton conveys the very common response of the Jews of Berlin that they simply couldn't believe that the plan of the Nazis was genocide from the start. Inevitably I reflected frequently how I would have reacted.

Any additional comments?

I found the 'love' scenes between Dagmar and the brothers a bit tiresome and the analysis of their feelings for the 'Jewish princess' repetitive. Actually some quite unnecessary repetition is a weakness of Elton's style. Occasionally the plot strains the reader's credulity (eg when Otto arrives at the burning house just as Dagmar is pushing up the window to escape) but this is not often.

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- Peter Morton "Academic and author of books on 19th-20th century history & literature."

Simply Excellent

Would you listen to Two Brothers again? Why?


Who was your favorite character and why?

They all were

Which character – as performed by Jot Davies – was your favorite?


Who was the most memorable character of Two Brothers and why?


Any additional comments?

Simply a terrific book to listen to. Jot brings the characters to life.

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- Harry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-12-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks