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Berlin, 1940. The city is paralysed by fear. But one man refuses to be scared. Otto, an ordinary German living in a shabby apartment block, tries to stay out of trouble under Nazi rule. But when he discovers his only son has been killed fighting at the front he's shocked into an extraordinary act of resistance and starts to drop anonymous postcards attacking Hitler across the city. If caught, he will be executed.

Soon this silent campaign comes to the attention of ambitious Gestapo inspector Escherich, and a murderous game of cat-and-mouse begins. Whoever loses, pays with their life.

Every Man Dies Alone was published in the UK as Alone in Berlin.

English edition copyright 2009 Melville House Publishing; Translation copyright 2009 Michael Hofmann.

©1994 Aufbau-Verlagsgruppe GmbH, Berlin (P)2010 Hachette Digital

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  • Kindle
  • 10/04/2018

Screeching voice acting ruined the story.

I struggled to finish this book. The story itself was okay, though perhaps some of the finesse was lost in translation. I hated many of the characters due to the vocal performance. Way to much wailing, screeching, stunted word by word shouting and over the top character acting. The normal reading voice was good. I wonder if I would have liked it more if I'd read the book rather than listened to it.

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  • Neil Robinson
  • 16/10/2017

A remarkable tale

A compelling book, based on a true story, and very well read. I recommend it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27/02/2017

What was the point?

I have tried to see the deeper meaning of this book. Tried to look for the message or lesson. But there is nothing there. It's just a sad, never ending tale of hopelessness. With no feeling of understanding why these people all went through this endless trauma

  • Global
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  • smaller
  • 09/02/2014

so very well written!!

Would you listen to Alone in Berlin again? Why?

yes! the characters are so interesting, complex, more real than you think at first, one gets involved in their lives...

What was one of the most memorable moments of Alone in Berlin?

The Krangles determenation and success in keeping their dignity to the very end!!

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  • Pierre Verwey
  • 22/03/2013

Excellent story, masterful narration

Where does Alone in Berlin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best.

What did you like best about this story?

Its authenticity.

What about John Telfer’s performance did you like?

His voices.

If you could take any character from Alone in Berlin out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Probably the judge, Fromm.

Any additional comments?

A fascinating insight into the workings of Weimar Germany in all its facets of good and evil.

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  • Tove
  • 18/12/2012

What would I have done?

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have already recommended this book to several friends.

What other book might you compare Alone in Berlin to and why?

Like Markus Zusaks The Book Thief it let's you know how germans experienced the second world war. Which is a refreshing perspective.

Any additional comments?

This is a chilling tale where you soon realize that everybody is keeping an eye on each other (neighbours, friends, colleagues, relatives) and the risk of being reported to the Gestapo is always there. And if the Gestapo has got a good look at you they will always find something missing, no matter who you are.
So I kept thinking when I read the book: What would I have done? And the sad thing is, I think the answere might be: Nothing. The whole atmospere is so scary, I suppose most people would just lower their head, hope to sneak under the radar and wish for the whole thing to be over as soon as possible so everybody could start living.

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  • Charmaine
  • 20/10/2012

A LONG HARD STRUGGLE

I persisted, I hoped, I was disappointed. I'm amazed that so little in the way of a story could have stretched into so many HOURS of words. Maybe that was the point - to show the helpless hopelessness of people influenced by power hungry governments. If so this book succeeded. I'm not sure that I needed to devote such a large chunk of my life to this slow, tedious, journey to death, death and more death. My single laugh was when our heroine was asked how many men she had slept with before marrying Otto....83 she said. Why so many she was asked. Because that is all there were........

As for the performance, the narration was good. However, when we are doing Berlin, Germany, the war shouldn't we be doing German accents rather than dreary English ones. The fact that we have German accented and German names kind of jars with the flat English rendition.

This book will not make it onto the list of re-reads before I die. Never again Thanks

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  • Thorsten Hennig-Thurau
  • Münster
  • 03/01/2018

Ein Meisterstück, nichts anderes.

Alles gesehen, alles gelesen, alles gehört zu Deutschland und ihrem/unseren "Dritten Reich". Und dann kommt Hans Fallada mit diesem ganz nonchalanten Roman über die deutschen Bewohner eines deutschem Hauses in einer deutschen Straße daher. Keine verschnörkelten Künstlichkeiten, keine schriftstellerischen Kunststücke, keine falschen Sentimentalitäten -- ganz grade und unaufgeregt erzählt Fallada, warum das so geworden und für eine ganz Zeit so gut funktioniert hat mit den Deutschen und den Nazis.

Alle Personen sind ganz echt und nahe aber geben dann doch zusammen ein Kaleidoskop unserer ganz schrecklichen Geschichte ab, die voll von Widerlingen, widerlichen Anpasslern ist, aber auch Raum hat für eine Handvoll kleine, normale Helden. Anders als der große Böll und der große Grass und so viele andere große deutsche Autoren ist Fallada auch nach 70 Jahren ganz modern und kein bisschen altbacken.

Das liegt bestimmt auch daran , dass sein Personal immer von allem alles hat, keiner ist einfach nur heldenhaft, und alle, die mitgemacht haben, haben gute Gründe gehabt dafür. Am Ende entsteht aus den kleinen Dingen ein großes Bild, das ganz viel erklärt, ohne didaktisch zu sein. Voll von Traurigkeit, denn die sich wehren haben auch bei Fallada kaum eine Chance haben gegen die Unzähligen, die mitmachen. Tröstet es, dass sie die Moral auf ihrer Seite haben?

Zum Audiobook: die Lesung von John Telfer ist großartig. Sie erweckt die Charaktere zum Leben, jeden einzelnen von ihnen, aber sie bleibt dabei immer der Erzählung verpflichtet.

  • Global
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  • Angelika Reinhardt
  • 23/08/2017

Theater

Man kann nicht glauben, dass es eine Person ist, die diese Geschichte liest! Jede Figur wird durch die Stimme wunderbar charakterisiert!

  • Global
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  • John
  • 27/01/2016

Fantastic

Great book and astonishing how soon after the war it was written. The story is unsurprisingly brutal in places, but captures the dilemmas of the central characters, so that the reader is forced to imagine the difficulties of living in the period. The translation is very modern and the reader breathes life into the story.

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  • Maria Pennanen
  • 25/10/2015

Well written, but too long.

Well written but too long. Gives you a real sense of what it must have been to live in Berlin during those times. The final 5 hours are a bit of a waste of time