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What made the experience of listening to KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps the most enjoyable?
This was a daunting effort: 31 hours of the history of the concentration camps. It is NOT a collection of nothing but horror stories. It clarifies and explains the three stages of the camps I, at least, had never thought about.
Who was your favorite character and why?
You don't have characters in histories: you do have personages. None of the admins of the camps are very admirable. This is, you understand, an understatement.
Have you listened to any of Paul Hodgson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Nope, never heard any of his work. He has an interesting approach to accents. I don't know if his natural speech is German accented or not, but the entire book is done with that accent. Except for the quotations, even short ones, done with a Polish accent, or the one or two American voices done in flawless "American." It seems to be an odd choice for the narration of a history.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Good grief, no! Thirty-one hours in one sitting? Focused on German concentration camps? I listened to the whole thing over a period of a month, and was able to absorb the information. There was enough new-to-me information that I needed time to sift through it.
Any additional comments?
Wachsmann has managed to take an incredible history and make it comprehensible, a gargantuan undertaking. On the whole, beautifully done.
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This book is a remarkable achievement and if you are interested in the subject at all you will learn a great deal from it, regardless of whatever you already know, You will likely also listen to it more than once. This comprehensive history brings together the many aspects of the KL and draws from extensive German historical research that is unknown to English only readers. The narrator's attempt at voices is odd, but is hardly a reason to not purchase this book. Other narrators say "Quote" and "Unquote" at the end of a quote and some people find that distracting. I suspect the KL narrator's use of a "voice" is a way around that issue. Quotes are rare in KL anyway so it's hardly a distraction although it may catch a listener unaware the first time.
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