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Would you listen to The Devil's Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich again? Why?
Yes probably. This book is an excellent account of the Nazi Party, from its formation in the 1920s right through to its fall and the Nuremberg trials of the 1940s. If I did re listen it would more to familiarise myself with the chronological events leading up to, and during world war two rather than anything to do with the diary itself, although the diary is very interesting too!
Who was your favorite character and why?
I would probably say Robert Kempner, the Jewish refugee who fled to America and became a lawyer. I didn't find him overwhelmingly appealing, but he at least appeared to be the one guy trying to do the right thing amongst all the Nazis discussed in the book who were hell bent on making the most horrendous choices.
Have you listened to any of P. J. Ochlan’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I haven't listened to previous performances by this narrator. He was very clear throughout which is always good however, I didn't personally enjoy this narrator as much as others I've come across, hence I knocked off a star!
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
This would make a very interesting film but it would be very tricky to do since the book follows historical events, using the diary as a guide as opposed to heavily focusing on the diary itself. It might be more interesting to make a film about the Jewish refugee Robert Kempner, who came to have Rosenberg's diary in his possession during the Nuremberg trials and held onto it. Biographical details on Kempner intersperse the historical account of the Nazi party throughout. These details aren't terribly exciting but given what was going on at the time they are quite interesting.
Any additional comments?
Overall this is an excellent book based loosely on the diary of Alfred Rosenberg. I say loosely at the book does diverge to discuss other issues taking place such as Nazi policy, Nazi party members etc. I appreciated these divergences from Rosenberg as it allowed me to see a wider picture of what was taking place at the time. The sheer stupidity of the Nazi party never ceases to amaze me in both word and deed. If you would like to know more about the Nazi party, this book is a must read.