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The series, taken as a whole, sets the standard for WWII history. These cannot be overlooked, or diminished. Indeed, it is difficult to adequately describe how well researched and written are each of these three volumes. I have read or listened to every history of WWII I have been able to find (well over 50) in English, Russian and French, and up until now Shirer's "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" was, I felt, the definitive historical account of Nazi Germany (if you haven't read/listened to it, you should) even though it was published over 50 years ago. This series surpasses that exceptional work.
This volume is superlative. If you enjoy World War Two history you CANNOT skip this volume, in particular!
34 of 35 people found this review helpful
Well written, well narrated. Most WWII histories dwell on the military aspect, this comes from the other side defining (as well as is possible with such a subject) the thought processes and actions that led to the horrors of the war. The author tells a good story, entertaining, as well as informative while weaving in first person accounts to reinforce his narrative. A long book but you'll be sorry when it ends.
21 of 22 people found this review helpful
The best history of the third reich I've read. Slightly annoyed by some poor pronunciation by the narrator at times!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What did you like best about The Third Reich at War? What did you like least?
I appreciated the effort and research required to portray the reality of the horror people suffered during the post World War I up to the end of world War II experienced. At worst it was sometimes too graphic for too long. That tends to dull the senses.
What did you like best about this story?
The horror of war is not to be liked. At best we can learn and remember not to repeat it.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
In every possible way. I have never listened to three books - read successively by the same reader - that were read with such sad neglect of proper pausing, intonation and whatever other crimes a narrator can be guilty of. One would have thought or hoped that there had been an overseer of sorts who might have been able to guide the narrator. If it had been my books -I listened to the series of three - i might have torn my heart out. I often had to rewind to get the correct meaning when a sentence ended in mid-air, so to speak. I hardly think the author inserted all those unappropriated commas and full-stops.
Did The Third Reich at War inspire you to do anything?
Yes, to avoid the narrator at all cost.
Any additional comments?
This book and its twi predecessors were done an insult.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
This book was thorough both in the period it covered and the detail it provided. The narrative was clear and engaging. The narrator was calm and authoritative. It was an informative and thoughtful book.
It's an average book, with little to make it distinctive from any other books on ww2 Germany.. It also has a very heavy focus on the Holocaust rather than the military story of the Third Reich.