Get Your Free Audiobook

Listen with a free trial

1 credit a month to use on any title, yours to keep (you’ll use your first credit on this title).
Stream or download thousands of included titles.
Access to exclusive deals and discounts.
$16.45 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy Now for $28.94

Buy Now for $28.94

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions Of Use and Privacy Notice and authorise Audible to charge your designated credit card or another available credit card on file.

Publisher's Summary

That a Jew living in Nazi Berlin survived the Holocaust at all is surprising. That he was a homosexual and a teenage leader in the resistance and yet survived is amazing. But that he endured the ongoing horror with an open heart, with love and without vitriol, and has written about it so beautifully is truly miraculous. This is Gad Beck's story.

©1999 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System (P)2014 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"So intense and authentic that [the] narrative pulls you along." ( The New York Times)
"(Beck's) astute observations of daily life in Nazi Berlin, related in a chatty, humorous style, present a full, complex portrait of the times." ( Publishers Weekly)

More from the same

What listeners say about An Underground Life

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    0
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 1.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    0
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    2
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars

Book was a lot about his sexual life.

Not my cup of tea. I am not interested in reading about someone's sex life.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Had to stop and buy the book instead

Could not agree more with the review below saying that the narration of this book ruined the entire experience for them. Im only 1/2 an hour into the story and I cant take it.

Ive been completely distracted from Gads beautiful and charming story of his childhood growing up post war due to the terrible audio. The narrator mispronounces words, leaves large gaps before phrases in other languages so that its apparent that he is trying to work out how to say them. You can hear obvious page turning and places where the audio was stopped and interjected with audio from a different recording session. Inflections are all over the place making sentences not make sense and lose all meaning. I dont know how this got approved for sale to be honest.

I cannot continue listening to this especially given the importance of the story. So before I get Any deeper into the book Im off to buy the kindle version and read it instead.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for CWPLAY
  • CWPLAY
  • 28-06-2015

Great Story - Horrendous Reading

Gad's story is great.

The performer's voice is grating to the nth degree.

As a speaker of German, Hebrew, and French, it was excruciating to me
to encounter each new mispronunciation.

Frankly, a superb story was ruined for me.

When foreign words are so integral a part of the story, one would hope that a narrator with integrity and a modicum of
self-respect would be hired.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for James Hoagland
  • James Hoagland
  • 05-07-2018

Fantastic story

Really enjoyable, detailed story of the author’s life in Nazi Germany. Looking forward to part two.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.