Winter: A Berlin Family, 1899-1945 : Bernard Samson

  • by Len Deighton
  • Narrated by James Lailey
  • Series: Bernard Samson
  • 24 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Epic prelude to the classic spy trilogy Game, Set and Match that follows the fortunes of a German dynasty during two world wars.
Winter takes us into a large and complex family drama, into the lives of two German brothers - both born close upon the turn of the century, both so caught up in the currents of history that their story is one with the story of their country, from the Kaiser's heyday through Hitler's rise and fall.
A novel that rings powerfully true, a rich and remarkable portrait of Germany in the first half of the 20th century.
In his portrait of a Berlin family during the turbulent years of the first half of the century, Len Deighton has created a compelling study of the rise of Nazi Germany. With its meticulous research, rich detail and brilliantly drawn cast of characters, Winter is a superbly realized achievement.


What the Critics Say

"Deighton's research and plotting are as surefooted as ever, while the pace and tension leave one almost breathless. A frightening yet compelling novel." (Sunday Telegraph)
"A monumental work...brilliantly executed." (Daily Telegraph)
"Deighton's most ambitious and subtle book to date, an epic fiction." (Evening Standard)
"Deighton brilliantly depicts the evolution of Hitler's regime through telling detail." (Today)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Wonderful book

It is not always a good idea to revisit books read long ago and I have had many disappointments Not so with this, read it 30 years ago and it is just as good, if not better than I remember. It stands as a family saga and as a historical account of Germany spanning the two wars. Still relevant today and rather worrying to see the similarities between the rise of Nazi Germany and a certain Republican presidential candidate in the US.
A masterful storyteller, the equal of La Carre, and I will be revisiting the Bernard Samson novels next
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- Paul D

Good overall

I thought the story was a little slow in parts but overall a good account of life between WW1 & WW2 for the Winter family. I will definitely be listening to more Len Deighton novels.
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- Rob

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-02-2016
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited