The Berlin Wall

  • by Frederick Taylor
  • Narrated by Daniel Philpott
  • 18 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The appearance of a hastily constructed barbed wire entanglement through the heart of Berlin during the night of 12-13 August 1961 was both dramatic and unexpected. Within days, it had started to metamorphose into a structure that would come to symbolise the brutal insanity of the Cold War: the Berlin Wall. A city of almost four million was cut ruthlessly in two, unleashing a potentially catastrophic East-West crisis and plunging the entire world for the first time into the fear of imminent missile-borne apocalypse. This threat would vanish only when the very people the Wall had been built to imprison breached it on the historic night of 9 November 1989. The Berlin Wall is the definitive account of a divided city and its people.

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Ultimately a little disapointing......

Having now read and listened to this book I would make the following observations:

1. It is probably a bit longer than it needs/should be and therefore feels overlong and laborious at times
2. It is frequently ruined by the comical German, Russian and American accents. Unnecessary and very irritating

The Berlin wall is one of the most significant political and social man-made structures of the last century and deserves a book that tells it's tale with more passion and pace
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- Iain

Lots of content skillfully weaved together.

I thought this audiobook was amazing. I loved it. The book gives a lots of detail about the build up the wall's being built - Ulbricht's rise to power and so on. I also appreciated the many personal storys - Hagen Koch and Conrad Schumann for example.

I do, however, agree with the previous reviewer of this title that the accents get on your nerves a bit, especially in the beginning, but, actually, as the book went on, I began to accept them, appreciate them even.

Highly reccommended, by me anyway.
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- Once We Were Fiction

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-11-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios