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Unbearable performance

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-2018

I couldn't get much past the preface - as much as I was interested in this title, the narrator is dreadful. It seems he has not bothered to understand or interpret what he's reading, and every emphasis and inflection is on the wrong words.

Have to exchange it.

A poignant and compelling story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-06-2017

Bidermann's story is a fascinating glimpse into the life of a German soldier on the Eastern front - written simply, elegantly, and without dwelling on the politics of the war, nor on the horrors.

While it's always hard to know how genuine are claims of moral behaviour - he seems to not have harmed or abused a single non-combatant in all of his years of struggle - this story certainly gives the reader an empathy for the German soldier on the Eastern front, a character usually villified as a soulless automaton driven by evil.

Well worth listening.

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