• A Woman in Berlin

  • By: Anonymous
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 26-04-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (74 ratings)


Between April 20th and June 22nd of 1945 the anonymous author of A Woman in Berlin wrote about life within the falling city as it was sacked by the Russian Army. Fending off the boredom and deprivation of hiding, the author records her experiences, observations, and meditations in this stark and vivid diary. Accounts of the bombing, the rapes, the rationing of food, and the overwhelming terror of death are rendered in the dispassionate, though determinedly optimistic, prose of a woman fighting for survival amidst the horror and inhumanity of war.
©2002 Hannelore Marek, 2003 Eichborn Verlag AG, Frankfurt am Main, 2004 Antony Beevor - Introduction, 2004 Hans Magnus Enzensberger - Afterword, 2004 Philip Boehm - Translation (P)2006 Oakhill Publishing
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5 out of 5 stars
By MR on 02-06-13

This is amazing

This really gives a human account, first hand of the end of the war from the view point of an ordinary woman. What she went through, the ordeals she suffered and how she got through this time are gripping. The stories told here are of a time that can't be imagined. Well read.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark H on 28-12-14

Page turner diary with historic and literary merit

This is a daily account of what it was like to be a thirty year old woman living through the final two months of WWII in Berlin. What makes it special is a combination of issues. First, it is a very well written flowing narrative, full of rich prose, that describes a momentous time in twentieth century Europe. Second, it is full of the dramatic tension and jeopardy that you might imagine being experienced by a civilian population that is being overrun by the battle-hardened front-line troops of an invading army. Third it provides a subjective, yet in some ways a journalistic view of what was happening from an intelligent and educated individual. Finally, it was simply a page turner that engaged my interest from start to finish.

Much credit should go to the translator and to the narrator of this book, as they both have excelled in making it believable, enjoyable, stirring and entertaining.

My main criticism is that there is a long introduction (approx. 23 mins) that, although well written, seems to me to be a bit of a spoiler. I wish that I had skipped it, and perhaps listened to it afterwards.

Often, books fit a narrow genre and are liked by some and loathed by others. In this case, I believe that this book will appeal to a wide range of readers. So, if the quality of the writing is as important as the subject matter and if you like biographies/diaries/ personal stories etc., then you should enjoy this book.

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