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one of the best ww2 books, so very listen-able

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Reviewed: 04-08-2020

easily one of the best ww2 books, perfectly paced, beautifully written and balanced, well researched, sensible. this book is neither bombastic or silly, nor stale or weighed down by stats - it is so very readable/listenable. Robertson dean does an excellent job of narrating, his deep voice is relaxing and easy to listen to and his subtle voice acting is very, very good. also the production is very good, with good pauses, little to no sibilance (the sss sounds that can be irritating in some recordings) and generally a professional feel throughout. honestly this book is excellent, i listen to A LOT of war books and as far as my own personal tastes go (I'm 35, father of 2, from NZ and do not like over-the-top american or British macho crud, nor boring stat driven reference works) this is not just one of the better ones but one of the best - in terms of pure listenability it is almost unrivalled. definitely check it out, I can almost guarantee you wont regret it.

great - very interesting but has slight flaws..

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Reviewed: 03-04-2018

very interesting book and highly recommended. my only issues with the book are the authors opinions, explanations/descriptions and representations of certain drugs in the book and their effects. I'm a recovering heroin / speedball / drug addict with, unfortunately, a lot of experience in the chemicals covered in the book. the authors description of oxycodone's (eucadol (sp?)) effects came across as silly and naive and are, frankly, incorrect. compared to high quality heroin, oxycodone is markedly weaker (there are online opiate dose comparison/conversion tables, and from memory heroin is 2-3 times stronger than oxycodone) and is actually not particularly strong when injected. It in no way could be considered stronger, more addictive, or "harder" than any other opiate painkiller - and is definitely not some kind of wonder drug, in my opinion. It's an unremarkable opiate painkiller available on prescription in most western countries. it does have specific effects that are useful for treatment of pain (it doesn't cause the same drowsiness that some other opiates do) but it is certainly not some kind of one-drug magical speedball and it has none of the same uniquely powerful effects that a "true" speedball - i.e. a mixture of heroin* and either cocaine or methamphetamine* - has upon injection. I've personally injected oxycodone and meth together (like an oxycodone speedball) many times and it is very different than just injecting oxycodone on its own. On a side note; medically speaking, morphine is considered the "gold standard" of opiate painkillers that other opiate painkillers are measured against - oxycodone is approximately equivalent to morphine at standard doses. We've all had morphine at the hospital, many of us have also been prescribed oxycodone, and I'm sure those of you who have had it have not thought of it as any kind of "wonder drug" either. also the authors description of, and elaboration on, the other drugs in the book seems naive, and the opinion of someone who has not really had any experience with drugs, other than what he's gleaned from reading about them (and imo most non-fiction concerning "drug facts" seem about 20+ years behind current research and experience - and usually in no way represent my own experiences). finally; the author appears to have little experience with drug addiction, im not saying he's got the wrong end of the stick necessarily - im just saying I don't agree with some of what he says, however he does have some interesting ideas (he should read some of Gabor Mate's books on addiction - highly recommended, at least from this addict's point of view) Ok I'm finished whinging now - overall I thought this was a very fascinating and well thought out and presented book, I think it breaks new ground on the downfall of Nazi Germany, and Hitler in particular. sorry for all the () and -'s guys..! also, hopefully this doesn't come across as promoting drug use, which I would never intentionally do :)

interesting listen for those in active addiction..

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Reviewed: 12-01-2018

as a struggling heroin/speedball addict in and out of recovery I found the book interesting, inspirational and yet also triggering - it reminded me of what I need to do in terms of seeking and asking for help and keeping up with regular attendance and work in NA (narcotics anonymous), and the importance of honesty - both within myself and with the ppl in my life, esp my family and the recovering addicts within NA. Yet it also made me yearn for the rush of shooting speedballs and the sick fascination and purpose found in all consuming hard drug abuse. And so while having shot up a few big speedballs over the last 2 days I've also reattended NA and plan to throw myself back into step work and speak honestly with my sponsor once I run out of drugs and money tomorrow.

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