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If you could sum up With Hitler to the End in three words, what would they be?
The story of your typical unrepentant Nazi...one who is a racist, babbling on about things he knows nothing about and holding himself up as a more important figure that he was. This guy was Hitler's valet, not a soldier, not a general and not a politician. He should just stick to telling his experience as a valet.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
Performance was good, nothing to complain about.
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This guy was in charge of making sure Hitler's underwear was folded correctly and that he had enough socks...I don't care to hear his rantings on how the War was managed by the Generals and Hitler and what he would have done better. I don't need to hear his racism. I don't need to or want to hear his Nazi propaganda. What's interesting to hear (and what I wish there was more of in this book) is his experience being intimately close to and the day to day interactions with Hitler from 1935 till the end in 1945.
The book does well about 2/3 of the time, when Linge is sticking to what he knows (service as a valet). The book is awful when Linge tries to lecture on things he knows nothing about - being a soldier, military tactics, military operations, when he tries to describe "coward" generals, when he praises the genius of and his thoughts on the infallibility of Hitler.
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Though clearly it does not serve as an unbiased historical document, the rightly titled With Hitler To The End shows us that Hitler was not an otherworldly demon, but rather a human being, consumed by a demented Weltanschauung much his own making and how those close to him were able to see the man without acknowledging the madness. This book is as much about Linge as it is about Hitler, the man who proudly served his "Boss," proudly burned and interred his body, and proudly upheld his name after most of the free world uttered it as a curse. It is about their relationship, something on which Linge sets all his reputation, unflinching in his defense of the leader he revered and served. This book stands well with other Audible offerings that take a closer look at the personal side of those connected with the Third Reich, namely The Nazi and the Psychiatrist, Hanns & Rudolf, and Hitler's Furies.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful