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Stephen Thorne heads a cast of actors in this biography of Adolf Hitler, written by Steven Fuller, who traces Hitler's rise from a violent, stubborn youth to the despotic leader of the Third Reich. Thorne's crisp diction makes Fuller's portrait a thorough and reputable account of how a young man - grief-stricken over his mother's early death, frustrated with his failures as an artist, and obsessed with socialism at an early age - became the dynamic ideologue responsible for the Holocaust. Michael Burrell gives a harsh, bristling, and credible performance as Hitler, adding even more authenticity to this remarkable biography.
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Adolf Hitler had no compassion for his fellow man and yet could beguile them individually or in tens of thousands; he was so narcissistic that he could throw a tantrum to get his way if his supposedly iron will was contradicted. His favoured architect, Albert Speer, compared him to a 6-year-old child. This remark provides a valuable insight when considering Hitler's unthinking cruelty and incomparable destructiveness. In this sometimes spine-chilling audio biography, the dark atmosphere of the age is superbly conveyed, with actor Michael Burrell giving a terrifyingly convincing interpretation of the demonic despot.
Hitler is played by Michael Burrell, with other parts played by Michael Kilgarrif and Michael Sheard.
©1976 Steven Fuller (P)1976 Ivan & Inge Berg
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3 out of 5 stars
By Molly on 15-09-14

Mini Bio of Adolph Hitler~ geared to Students ~

PLOT: mini bio of Adolph Hitler

This hits the highlights of Hitlers life. Lacks details but gives a solid over all bio of the man and what influenced him. FAST listen. 3 STARS~ geared for students.

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2 out of 5 stars
By mdcowling on 12-05-12

Hitler in 59 Minutes

What would have made Adolf Hitler better?

It was always going to be ambitious to do a dramatization of Hitler's life in an hour. i found this work less than comprehensive, the performances were poor and bland.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Stephen Fry - The Hippopotamus

Would you listen to another book narrated by Stephen Thorne and Full Cast ?


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

Would be really cool to have a dramatized version of Fuhrer by Alan Prior.

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