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What did you love best about The Holocaust?
The information is very detailed and thoroughly researched. It could not possibly be any better in that respect.
What other book might you compare The Holocaust to and why?
Night by Elie Wiesel.
How could the performance have been better?
The performance was terrible. Mr. Vale was not the right person to narrate this book. He could not even pronounce names correctly, such as saying Joseph Goebbels name as GO-BELLS, instead of GUR-BELLS, and saying Hermann Göring name, as GORE-ING, instead of GAIR-ING, or even worse saying Lebensraum as LEEBEENSRAM, instead of LAY-BENS-RUM. This book needed a quality, thoughtful, strong voice, with excellent diction. Vale sounded like a substitute that was just hired at the last minute, and he narrated as if off of a script with too much emphasis on drama at all times, instead of pacing himself properly. This book is a 10 in research and in the depth of knowledge covered, but the audio version was just plain awful. A big 0.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
THIS IS THE HOLOCAUST.
Any additional comments?
Just about the narrator. The book was amazing, a 10++, but the narrator almost made me want to turn it off, especially when he continued to botch the rightful names of key figures, and key names. He was awful in every respect, and I give him a 0.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Makes for grim but important listening. Rees traces the rise of Hitler and the progressive stages of the Holocaust with great clarity.
There are several important points to take away. Hitler's views on the "final solution" evolved over time; he managed to convey his intentions to his subordinates without actually writing anything down; and one of his key maneuvers was to repeat The Lie again and again, in the absence of evidence and even after his claims had been positively refuted.
Other points: the Allies had the full details on the death camps by 1944; they chose to do nothing for reasons that sound hollow; and the ordinary people who made it possible for Hitler to carry out his extermination were neither hypnotized nor, in many cases, especially conflicted about what they were doing.
Another point, although it's one the author doesn't make explicitly (at least as far as I can remember): unless we are forever vigilant, it could happen again.
Eric Vale is an energetic and expressive narrator.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful