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Publisher's Summary

The appearance of a hastily constructed barbed wire entanglement through the heart of Berlin during the night of 12-13 August 1961 was both dramatic and unexpected. Within days, it had started to metamorphose into a structure that would come to symbolise the brutal insanity of the Cold War: the Berlin Wall. A city of almost four million was cut ruthlessly in two, unleashing a potentially catastrophic East-West crisis and plunging the entire world for the first time into the fear of imminent missile-borne apocalypse. This threat would vanish only when the very people the Wall had been built to imprison breached it on the historic night of 9 November 1989. The Berlin Wall is the definitive account of a divided city and its people.
©2009 Frederick Taylor (P)2011 Audible Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Andrew D. Brown on 06-11-13

Makes a dark chapter "enjoyable"

If you could sum up The Berlin Wall in three words, what would they be?

A big story

What did you like best about this story?

It covered all facets and not just personal or diplomatic but intertwined the stories to give a really complete future. So you learned about the effect of the Wall on people like many histories but also how it was planned and then executed At first I wasn't sure about the narrator, but as I went along his narration really helped the story along.

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3 out of 5 stars
By M. Cutler on 01-16-17

Bad transfer from CD

Great story. Bad transfer from CD as various sentences and phrases would repeat themselves. In one case the entire name and title of the book was repeated. (I presume that this was were the end of one CD meet the beginning of the next CD.)

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3 out of 5 stars
By Iain on 01-10-12

Ultimately a little disapointing......

Having now read and listened to this book I would make the following observations:

1. It is probably a bit longer than it needs/should be and therefore feels overlong and laborious at times
2. It is frequently ruined by the comical German, Russian and American accents. Unnecessary and very irritating

The Berlin wall is one of the most significant political and social man-made structures of the last century and deserves a book that tells it's tale with more passion and pace

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Once We Were Fiction on 01-21-12

Lots of content skillfully weaved together.

I thought this audiobook was amazing. I loved it. The book gives a lots of detail about the build up the wall's being built - Ulbricht's rise to power and so on. I also appreciated the many personal storys - Hagen Koch and Conrad Schumann for example.

I do, however, agree with the previous reviewer of this title that the accents get on your nerves a bit, especially in the beginning, but, actually, as the book went on, I began to accept them, appreciate them even.

Highly reccommended, by me anyway.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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