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The Holocaust Audiobook

The Holocaust: A New History

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Publisher's Summary

This landmark work answers two of the most fundamental questions in history: how and why did the Holocaust happen?

Laurence Rees has spent 25 years meeting survivors and perpetrators of the Third Reich and the Holocaust. Now, in his magnum opus, he combines largely unpublished testimony with the latest academic research to create the first accessible and authoritative account of the Holocaust in over three decades. Rees argues that whilst hatred of the Jews was always at the epicentre of Nazi thinking - and the Holocaust was the most appalling crime in history - what happened cannot be fully understood without considering the murder of the Jews alongside other Nazi plans to kill millions of non-Jews as well. He also reveals the inner machinations of the Nazi state and shows how there was no single decision to start the Holocaust; instead, a series of escalations cumulatively created the horror.

Through a chronological, intensely gripping narrative featuring the latest historical research and enthralling eyewitness testimony, this is the compelling story of humanity's lowest point.

©2017 Laurence Rees (P)2017 Penguin

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    Ben 29/06/2017
    Ben 29/06/2017
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    "A powerful book"

    This is an important and powerful book that does an amazing job drawing out the complex underpinnings of the holocaust with a wealth research and eye witness testimony.

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  • Rathelstan
    28/02/17
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    "Holocaust - A masterly telling"
    Where does The Holocaust rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the finest audio history books I have listened to. Totally engaging. A clear and measured account of the darkest error of western European history.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Holocaust?

    This does not really apply. The whole book is a highlight.


    What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Mr Keeble is a masterly narrater. Vocally clear and engaged with the text, a model of the professional readers art. Quotes from holocaust survivors are read with character, without a trace of caricature.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. The text is too long and the subject matter means that I for one needed some respite.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Nanbar3
    York, England
    10/02/17
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    "History Repeats Itself ?"

    As I enjoy history books, there isn't anything in particular I dislike about the book. It is a timely reminder of how human beings can allow themselves to believe demagoguery when they benefit from it at someone else's expense ( Jews, Poles, everyone not considered racially superior). It is an extremely well researched book, with accounts from individuals who were there. Even though everyone knows about the extermination of European Jewry, the level of Nazi anti Jewish sentiment made me feel physically sick. The level of collusion
    To formulate extermination very frightening indeed. In current times we need to remember for evil to succeed all it takes is people doing nothing.


    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Sparky89
    2/03/17
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    "wow"

    Amazing. Terrifying. An insight like none I've read or watched before.
    The narrator is, I feel, a good choice. He brings a level of intensity and care to a telling of this history that is respectful.

    The book itself is well paced, indepth and compelling to listen to.
    The author presents the research, backed up by citing documents and interviews, in a chronological way. He gives his opinions and shows why he came to those conclusions.

    If you want a broader (in the sensw that it covers a larger time scale) knowledge of the acts that took place in this dark area of our recent history, that is also full of detail this is definitely a good book to try

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paul C
    Scotland
    3/01/18
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    "Astonishing Piece Of Work"

    I've read and watched Laurence Rees's work about the ' Final Solution ' which was made by the BBC and is on Netflix as a 6 part documentary. This book is 25 years of work combined into as the author correctly states ' A New History '.

    We all know about the atrocities of the Holocaust and how the sick, elderly, disables and Jews were persecuted. This book is a little different, though it does highlight the atrocities of that period it actually takes the readers into the mechanics of how and why the Holocaust came about.

    I've actually ordered and received 2 other books by the author and a couple more books about this subject as even after reading and watching things about the Holocaust I still can't understand how one deluded maniac could influence a nation of people to rally against a race that Hitler blamed for the Germans losing the First World War.

    Highly recommend this book for people who would like to know how this all came about and why it is still important to this day to keep this dark episode of the 20th Century open for future generations to learn from.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • paul
    WORTHING, United Kingdom
    11/04/17
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    "painfullly compulsive"

    JK is probably the best narrator in audible and i am drawn to books he covers as i find him an easy listen - he does a first class job here as did the author who's strength in assembling material is astounding . . at points i had to stop listening as the content is so dark and shows the depths of depravity to which the human mind can sink . but i also felt an obligation to get through the book as my modem sacrifice does not even scratch the surface of the suffering of millions for the sake of the deviant ideology .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • andrew
    23/02/17
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    "Gripping and fascinating read."

    Lawrence Rees has written an incredible poignant, moving, insightful book detailing a new history of the holocaust thats maps out if existence and those who participated and suffered at the hands of it. I was gripped from start to finish. 5 Stars...It is also superbly read by Jonathan Keeble who adds the right tone and voice to the subject matter.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Richard Ashton
    14/02/18
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    "Necessary reminder why we must learn from history"
    If you could sum up The Holocaust in three words, what would they be?

    Lost for words


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Holocaust?

    Personal accounts hammer home the need to learn lessons from history


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favourite?

    n/a


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Personally, needed to listen in short sessions


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    14/02/18
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    "Disturbing insight into the Holocaust "

    i found the narration good and the story matter very interesting , emotional and disturbing, they should teach this in schools today as a permanent reminder of how evil a species Humans can be to Humans

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Asheridge
    8/02/18
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    "A must Listen"

    Amazing and detailed listen. The most notable phrase is the fact that its horrifying that the human race as a species is capable of such atrocities...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lauris
    30/01/18
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    "Undescribable"
    What made the experience of listening to The Holocaust the most enjoyable?

    The story and its delivery pulled me in, I could stop listening to it.


    What other book might you compare The Holocaust to, and why?

    I would suggest Mein Kampf and Blitzed - it is around the same subject, ww2, but from different perspectives and looking at other, untold, events.


    What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Well, I haven't got time to read in the first place, so audio books are the only way, but Jonathan's voice and the way he delivered this book amazed me and I'm getting two other books 'cause I can't get enough of his voice.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Couple of laughs, but listening to it made me feel invigorated as I LOVE books / movies about this subject.


    Any additional comments?

    RECOMMENDED!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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