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This is a really good book. I knew of Peter Millar from his earlier book, The Berlin Wall: My Part in its Downfall. Here he takes his readers back to scenes from that book and goes on to explain many aspects of Germany's history and culture. His writing is clear, interesting and with a touch of humour. Damian Lynch reads well and with good pronunciation of German words.
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I wanted to like this audio book. I tried and tried but the narrator, despite his French sounding name, is utterly incapable of pronouncing even the simplest of French words correctly. He was clearly not on task. I was alarmed at one point when Australians entered the fray in place of the author's intended Austrians.
It is so very difficult to listen to that I have been reduced to using it as a sleep aid of late. I have finally come to my senses and decided to stop the masochism. I shall return it and look for another book to help me learn about this period of history.
Interesting stories - well told
Eye witness accounts by foreigners caught up in the events 100 years ago in, what was then known as, Petrograd.
Mark Meadows can pronounce foreign names reliably and has a good range of accents which bring the stories to life without distracting the listener by being over the top.
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History brought to life
An excellent use of audio archives examining the way radio was used as a means of resistance during WW2. I learnt a great deal. The way in which misinformation was employed gives food for thought in the current climate. I especially enjoyed the archive clips from speakers such as Thomas Mann. Highly recommended if you understand German and are interested in history.
This is the same set of lectures and anecdotes as You're It - almost identical. I sent it back.
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