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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I think so. The story is very good and moves fairly quickly, but the narration is hard to listen to.
What was one of the most memorable moments of At Leningrad's Gates?
Lubbeck's recollection of life after the War.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
Learn how to speak German. It drives me crazy when narrators read books about German soldiers and can't speak German. His constant mispronunciation of "Wehrmacht" (vermaaaaaaaaacht) and "Leutnant" (looot-nant) drove me absolutely crazy.
Any additional comments?
Overall, I think this is a great story. However, I was a bit uneasy when Lubbeck kept claiming he and his family weren't Nazis and had absolutely no knowledge of Nazi atrocities or even of any concentration camps. I can understand wanting to clear your name if you are truly innocent, but the repetition of these claims just didn't sit right with me...I don't know...I guess it just didn't sound sincere. Maybe that was the writing, maybe it was the narration. I wasn't there, so I can't say for certain, but I have ready many, many accounts of German soldiers and civilians. I find it hard to believe that a veteran of the entirety of the war on the East Front never once witnessed a war crime, when Lubbeck himself claims that they were fighting the barbaric (insinuating less than human) Red Army. I find it hard to believe that, living in Eastern Germany, he never even heard of a concentration camp until after the war. I've read other accounts of German families in the mid to late 1930s joking with their children that if they didn't behave, they'd be sent to a concentration camp, showing that they knew of the existence of these camps. Maybe they didn't know the extent of the horror that was going on inside, but they knew of the existence of the camps. Lubbeck knew of none.
Other than that, I think the story is well told. It went a bit quick for me, and didn't go into great detail, but it was interesting to hear the story of an artillery soldier that rose through the ranks, having served through the entirety of the War.
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Would you try another book from William Lubbeck and/or Jonathan Cowley?
What could William Lubbeck have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Any additional comments?
It always amazes me that all, absolutely all, books by german soldiers go out of their way to assure the audience that they, the writer, absolutely had no idea about the genocide being carried out by their government, and their comrades in the name of nazi ideology. How is it possible for a whole society not to see the horrors forced upon the world around them?!!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Having read and listened to many books regarding the Second World War , I must say this book is excellent and gives a different perspective on the war and most importantly from the German side of the war .
I would highly recommend this book .....
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
A story of a farm boy who falls in love. And there is a war on. If you are looking for a war story, I dont think this is for you. Nevertheless I quite enjoyed it. Stories of childhood go on way too long.