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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Selling Hitler by Robert Harris, read by David Rintoul.

Spring 1983: it seemed that one of the most startling discoveries of the century had been made and that one of the world's most sought after documents had finally come to light - the private diaries of Adolf Hitler. What followed was a fiasco of fakery, greed, the duping of experts, and the exchange of extraordinary sums of money for worldwide publishing rights. But that was just the beginning of the story....

©1986 Robert Harris (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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  • D. R. Croft
  • 24-06-2018

The Hitler Diaries

This is a detailed account of the fabricated Hitler Diaries; how and why they were produced, how the German publisher Stern was deceived into buying the fake diaries, and finally how the world's press reacted to the publication of these diaries and what happened to perpetrators of this fraud

The book does show how such a fraud was possible, in spite of all the potential forensic evidence that eventually revealed as such but was ignored initially. The fixation of certain people with things claimed to be Hitler and Natzi in origin, made those people gullible and willing to spend large amounts of money for basically fake goods.

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  • John
  • 17-08-2018

Not Quiet What I Expected

Sold as a "new" Robert Harris, it dates back decades and is really a work from his journalistic days and really is more non-fiction. Good enough but not what I have come to regard Harris for.

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  • Benarchie
  • 28-05-2019

Thorough

This is a very detailed account of the Hitler Diaries, which I wasn’t expecting to get so wrapped up in. However I found myself immersed in and enjoying every detail. The necessity for a brilliant narrator in this case is essential and David Rintoul is superb.

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  • Steve S.
  • 26-04-2019

excellent

very good, very interesting and packed with facts
great performance. unusual story but the fact it's true is amazing

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  • Seayeaitch
  • 20-06-2018

An excellent overview of an intriguing story.

David Rintoul brings the words to life a masterpiece of story narration, Robert Harris takes the listener through a complicated and compelling journey gathering the myriad strands of intrigue and events that demonstrate the human frailty of money, greed and avarice, an excellent storyline delivered simply.

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  • LordDisco
  • 29-10-2019

Unbelievable

I remember this when I was young only very faintly, when the story in the Sunday Times was shown to be fake. The full saga is genuinely unbelievable were it not true. At every point you think it's all going to end, but of course what makes it even more gripping in a strange way is that you already know the ending, and its the amazing journey of how the diaries end up where they do.

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  • Mark Ormerod
  • 31-10-2018

Fascinating piece of journalistic history

Fascinating piece of journalistic history told in a captivating way. Bluff, double bluff and greed.

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  • Derrick
  • 05-09-2018

Subtle, brilliant narrative

Other reviewers caution that this is a new audio version of quite an old book, coming out in 1986; only a couple of years after the events it describes. This is a journalist investigating a story, not a work of fiction. Nevertheless, it is well worth listening to. Robert Harris has a gift for weaving an immersive narrative and this is no exception, written when he was still more "journalist" than "thriller writer".

This is a fascinating story; one which I barely remember at the time, but filled with flawed characters driven by an odd cocktail of ignoble ambitions. It is a complex story which borders on farce, but is astonishing in that so many talented and successful businessmen (they are all men; this is 1983 after all) are so willing to suspend their critical faculties in pursuit of cash.

Brilliantly crafted, brilliantly narrated, this is well worth the time.

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 06-07-2018

A tangled web.

David Rintoul, as always, narrates well.
This is an almost unbelievable tale of the darker side of human nature. Fuelled by perverse obsessions with the evil of Nazism and the greed of journalists and publishers in search of lucrative sales of sensational stories, an outrageous con fools both the gullible and the cynical for a prolonged period. Few want to investigate the authenticity of this fraud/forgery, for their own reasons. The banality of the spurious diary’s contents is no deterrent- either it’s sacrosanct for Hitler worshippers (anything he said must be profound) or it’s going to be such a good money-spinner, or boost to academic acclaim, that those drawn into the net lose all sense of judgment.
Harris’s book was published years back but the audiobook is recent, and worth hearing. perhaps even more relevant today with the alarming rise of extreme right visibility. When the US President thinks Nazis could be nice people...

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  • Penny B
  • 08-06-2021

Gripping stuff!

Absolutely excellent. Brisk, tight, fascinating, a blow by blow account of how the faked Hitler diaries came very, very close to being published and accepted as an authentic contribution to and, possibly te-writing of, history. Robert Harris collation of the facts, complete with time-frames and portraits of the various characters involved is masterly. An admirable piece of scholarship and storytelling. It’s a great, great read. An astonishing story of paranoia, avarice, idiocy, ego, self-delusion and collusion on a massive scale. The whole story is a collision of specific personalities with the enduring fascination of evil, as personified by Hitler. Extraordinary. David Rintoul gives a good, clear reading, without over-egging it. Excellent.

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