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By Alan on 02-26-13
Reader beware. Most of this audiobook has nothing to do with the July plot to kill Hitler headed by Claus von Stauffenberg. This audio book deals mostly with biographies of German philosophers, poets, composers, authors, and artists for the last 350 years. The central character of the second half of this book is not Stauffenberg, but that of Stephan George, a 20th century poet / philosopher. It is from George that we learn of the meaning of "Secret Germany"
Additionally, this book is in serious need of editing. In the first 45 minutes of this book, the author has killed Hitler twice and is beginning to retell it again for the third time. Historical fact checking was obviously overlooked ( example: German invasion of Poland began on Sept 1st 1939 but the book incorrectly states the war as beginning Sept 4th.) Central characters to the July 1944 plot aren't even mentioned or glossed over with little information. ( examples Generals Erich Fellgiebel and Friedrich Olbricht and Field Marshall Erwinn Rommel)
Fleet Cooper did a decent job presenting this audio book.
I was disappointed with this listen. I would suggest bypassing this audiobook.
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By Christopher on 06-27-18
Good book but another annoying narrator
Narrator's BAD German accent when quoting Germans was annoying and completely unnecessary. It sounded like a bad WWII movie from 1946. I know Germans speak German but not with an American accent imitating German. Just read it normally. I hate when narrators do this.