• Hitler

  • A Biography
  • By: Ian Kershaw
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 44 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-13-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.9 (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Hailed as the most compelling biography of the German dictator yet written, Ian Kershaw's Hitler brings us closer than ever before to the heart of its subject's immense darkness.
From his illegitimate birth in a small Austrian village to his fiery death in a bunker under the Reich chancellery in Berlin, Adolf Hitler left a murky trail, strewn with contradictory tales and overgrown with self-created myths. One truth prevails: the sheer scale of the evils that he unleashed on the world has made him a demonic figure without equal in the 20th century.
Ian Kershaw's Hitler brings us closer than ever before to the character of the bizarre misfit in his 30-year ascent from a Viennese shelter for the indigent to uncontested rule over the German nation that had tried and rejected democracy in the crippling aftermath of World War I. With extraordinary vividness, Kershaw recreates the settings that made Hitler's rise possible: the virulent anti-Semitism of prewar Vienna, the crucible of a war with immense casualties, the toxic nationalism that gripped Bavaria in the 1920s, the undermining of the Weimar Republic by extremists of the Right and the Left and the hysteria that accompanied Hitler's seizure of power in 1933 and then mounted in brutal attacks by his storm troopers on Jews and others condemned as enemies of the Aryan race.
In an account drawing on many previously untapped sources, Hitler metamorphoses from an obscure fantasist, a "drummer" sounding an insistent beat of hatred in Munich beer halls, to the instigator of an infamous failed putsch and, ultimately, to the leadership of a ragtag alliance of right-wing parties fused into a movement that enthralled the German people.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Rishi Tiwari on 04-20-18

Great historical record

This book refrains from providing a commentary on what happened but rather only reports what happened.

It doesn’t mentions the sociopolitical reasons adequately as to what led to the monster’s rise.

However the chronology is fantastic, detailed and I don’t believe one needs to read any other book after this to know further about the madness called Hitler, the person.

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5 out of 5 stars
By margaret king on 11-23-16

Three times and counting

Authoritative and measured, Ian Kershaw recounts the arc of Hitler's life in a way that is accessible to observers of history. I have listened to the book three times -- it is fairly dense and I struggled at times to keep track of unfamiliar German names -- and each time it has been more enlightening. No doubt I will listen to it again.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-24-16

A licked Hitler

A superb performance with excellent pronunciation of the many technical terms and titles. A feat of endurance to listen to, given the content, but well worth sticking with it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Buzzzb on 09-15-16

Engrossing

A masterful piece of work that recounts how a failed and insignificant artist from Austria could come to power and lead a civilised country to war and encourage many to plummet the depths of inhumanity. Using a range of evidence from historical events and recounts of eyewitnesses the text flowed and keep me engrossed from start to finish.

I find the narrator was excellent and kept my attention throughout.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Emily on 02-25-16

Excellent, life saver

I love this book. I was given a hard copy for my 21st two years ago. But having ADHD I struggled with a large book, not matter how much I tried I never finished it. And I dropped the book on my face. That was harsh. Audible, once again to the rescue!!!
Ian Kersaw's approach to this extremely sensitive subject is so fascinating and really helped me pull together the information I've learned in the decade I've been studying aspects of WWII.
The narrator is fabulous. His voice when quoting my other favourite WWII writer William Shirer was absolutely hilarious. Considering how sassy Mr Shirer could be. The narrator also really did well with the flow of the information in almost a conversational fashion. Which I enjoyed.
I would definitely recommend this audio book to the other wannabe historians out there.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jill Brown on 11-24-16

Splendid, sobering, scholarly account

This is an abridged version of Ian Kershaw's scholarly biographies of Hitler and so contains faultless research and analysis. It is complete and comprehensive in its telling of Hitler's upbringing and youth, his experiences in the First World War and his astonishing rise to power. Kershaw's writing is disciplined and contained, but the shock of what he reveals is horrifying. Compelling, disturbing and revealing. It will change your world view.

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