• by Siegfried Knappe, Ted Brusaw
  • Narrated by John Wray
  • 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A German soldier during World War II offers an inside look at the Nazi war machine, using his wartime diaries to describe how a ruthless psychopath motivated an entire generation of ordinary Germans to carry out his monstrous schemes.


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An incredible true story

A very amazing story of a one very lucky man’s experiences through the entirety of WWII. This is a must read for anyone remotely interested in how the average German Soldier perceived the war. It’s also a great background piece for how the East / West divide opened up during this period.

Narration was sound, but a little uninspiring. It wasn’t difficult to listen to, but it could have had more inflection at times and been more dynamic.

A warning: an general interest in military issues is an asset, as the average readers eyes may glaze over in parts where units, places, and dates are brought up.

In summary, an very good piece of work.
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- Erik

This could have been SO much better.

The positive: This is the first time I've ever read anything that was so personal from a German WWII soldier. I loved the fresh perspective. I didn't anticipate his reaction to some of the events and decisions. So, content (story) gets 4 stars.

Now let's talk about the narration and audio. To say the narration is flat is an insult to flat things. It is unbearable. Even the lighthearted moments are delivered in that same one-tone voice. And the audio? Whenever the audio needed to be edited, it was done with a clip that didn't match the audio quality of anything before or after. So all of a sudden, you'll hear a sentence that sounds completely different. It's really amateurish and annoying.

It's really too bad the audio and narration has been this mangled. I think this book would be a great read. Forget listening until it's fixed.
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- B.J. "I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-02-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios