The Third Reich at War

  • by Richard J. Evans
  • Narrated by Sean Pratt
  • 35 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The final volume in Richard J. Evans’s masterly trilogy on the history of Nazi Germany traces the rise and fall of German military might, the mobilization of a “people’s community” to serve a war of conquest, and Hitler’s campaign of racial subjugation and genocide. Already hailed as “a masterpiece” (William Grimes in The New York Times) and “the most comprehensive history… of the Third Reich” (Ian Kershaw), this epic trilogy reaches its terrifying climax in this volume.
Evans interweaves a broad narrative of the war’s progress with viscerally affecting personal testimony from a wide range of people - from generals to front-line soldiers, from Hitler Youth activists to middle-class housewives. The Third Reich at War lays bare the dynamics of a nation more deeply immersed in war than any society before or since.
Fresh insights into the conflict’s great events are here, from the invasion of Poland to the Battle of Stalingrad to Hitler’s suicide in the bunker. But just as important is the re-creation of the daily experience of ordinary Germans in wartime, staggering under pressure from Allied bombing and their own government’s mounting demands upon them. At the center of the book is the Nazi extermination of Europe’s Jews, set in the context of Hitler’s genocidal plans for the racial restructuring of Europe.
Blending narrative, description, and analysis, The Third Reich at War creates an engrossing picture - at once sweeping and precise - of a society rushing headlong to self-destruction and taking much of Europe with it. It is the culmination of a historical masterwork that will remain the most authoritative work on Nazi Germany for years to come.

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What the Critics Say

"Masterful….Evans demonstrates a fluent style and a sweeping grasp of the Third Reich’s history and of the enormous historical literature….Evans narrates the Reich’s end in gripping fashion as the Allies closed in on Germany. Evans’s fellow historians as well as a broader public will listen to this work, not quite with pleasure, for there is little joy in this story, but with admiration for the author’s narrative powers.” (Publisher’s Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Good book. Dreadful reader

What did you like best about The Third Reich at War? What did you like least?

I appreciated the effort and research required to portray the reality of the horror people suffered during the post World War I up to the end of world War II experienced. At worst it was sometimes too graphic for too long. That tends to dull the senses.


What did you like best about this story?

The horror of war is not to be liked. At best we can learn and remember not to repeat it.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

In every possible way. I have never listened to three books - read successively by the same reader - that were read with such sad neglect of proper pausing, intonation and whatever other crimes a narrator can be guilty of. One would have thought or hoped that there had been an overseer of sorts who might have been able to guide the narrator. If it had been my books -I listened to the series of three - i might have torn my heart out. I often had to rewind to get the correct meaning when a sentence ended in mid-air, so to speak. I hardly think the author inserted all those unappropriated commas and full-stops.


Did The Third Reich at War inspire you to do anything?

Yes, to avoid the narrator at all cost.


Any additional comments?

This book and its twi predecessors were done an insult.

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Very Good Historical Written Documentary.

The author's successful attempt at a relatively unjudgemental treatment of an extraordinary period of time and stream of events. The narration, while not brilliant, is at least clear and Evans' writing is certainly strong enough to withstand the mediocre delivery.

I listened to this and the 2nd volume in the series, The Third Reich in Power via Audible. The narration is clear, relentless and unambiguous. The author collates and digests what must have amounted to vast quantities of data to give a taut, dense, gritty feel to his histories. The visceral, gutsy way he treats his version of history works exceptionally well in the way he attempts to encapsulate the experience of what it meant for many to live through this period in time.

This is the type of historical writing that resonates the best with me. When an author can reveal concepts in a such way that the reader can reach out, grab ahold of, tilt and turn to get at different angles of the thing in question, a kind of magic happens. This is the kind of descriptive magic that allows the reader an access to a historical reality as if it were woven from the fabric of his own life experiences.
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- A. C. Anderson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-08-2010
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC