• The Arms of Krupp

  • 1587-1968
  • By: William Manchester
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 48 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-09-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (129 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this narrative of extraordinary richness, depth, and authority, America's preeminent biographer/historian explored the German national character as no other writer has done. The Arms of Krupp brings to life Europe's wealthiest, most powerful family, a 400-year German dynasty that developed the world's most technologically advanced weapons, from cannons to submarines to antiaircraft guns; provided arms to generations of German leaders, including the Kaiser and Hitler; operated private concentration camps during the Nazi era; survived conviction at Nuremberg; and wielded enormous influence on the course of world events. William Manchester's galvanizing account of the rise and fall of the Krupp dynasty is history as it should be written - alive with all its terrifying power.
©1968 William Manchester (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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1 out of 5 stars
By Scott on 06-24-17

Where did Chapter Nine go?

The audiobook jumps from the middle of chapter nine to chapter 10. Missing is the pivotal scandal that consumed Fritz Krupp, leading to Bertha becoming "Cannon Queen." It's just gone. Fortunately, I've read this book before, but Audible customers are gonna be going, "Huh? Whaaaaat?"

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1 out of 5 stars
By Ian on 06-12-17


Audible has no mechanism for reporting techniocal issues in its recordings. So I have to use this review in the hope that somebody reads it and does something to fix this one. It is not the first like this that I have found and I am sure it will not be the last. But this one just got really annoying.

The recording truncates chapter 9 of the book. I don't know how much is missing but it is enough to exclude the suicide of one of the central figures after a sex scandal and half of the dynastic implications that it caused. Annoying in itself but doubly so when the rest of the book makes continuing references to that period for which, as a listener, you have been given no information. Its a 47 hour book and about every 20 minutes for the last 37 hours of it an oblique reference is made to a conversation that you have not been allowed to hear.

The book is fine. The narrator is fine. The recording is massively frustrating and substandard. Audible needs to pay a bit more attention to QA or at least let its listeners do the job effectively for them.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-18-17

An honest, intense, no holes bared biography

This work of reference and I say that not book, is a superb example of investigative work that told it like history should record it and it should be known. Beautifully written, very skilfully narrated it held my interest from beginning to end. The use of German language with an accompanying translation to English was unusual and added greatly to the gusto of the time, another clever element in a brilliant expose of important family tidings interwoven with sometimes catastrophic events. - thank you

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