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Nightmare in Berlin

By: Hans Fallada,Allan Blunden - translator
Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
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Summary

Available for the first time in English, here is an unforgettable novel about the desolation of postwar Germany after Hitler.

The war is over, yet Dr. Doll, a loner and "moderate pessimist", lives in constant fear. By night, he is still haunted by nightmarish images of the bombsite in which he is trapped - he, and the rest of Germany. More than anything, he wishes to vanquish the demon of collective guilt, but he is unable to right any wrongs, especially in his position as mayor of a small town in northeast Germany that has been occupied by the Red Army.

Dr. Doll flees this place for Berlin, where he finds escape in a morphine addiction: each dose is a "small death." He tries to make his way in the chaos of a city torn apart by war, accompanied by his young wife, who shares his addiction. Fighting to save two lives, he tentatively begins to believe in a better future.

Nightmare in Berlin captures the demoralized and desperate atmosphere of postwar Germany in a way that has never been matched or surpassed.

©2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Sorry, but the narration…….

I can’t honestly say whether or not this is a good book, because the narration was so awful I gave up on it.
Dull, monotone, robotic and just not in keeping with what I imagine would suit this story.

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Optimism after a war

The story is not bad, very interesting but sometimes slow.. The German soul after the war, their thoughts, their fears, their beliefs.. Fallada describes them well. The narrator makes the listening tough at times, but overall was good.

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Hard To Get Into.

Solely due to the translation, I found this book hard to get into at times. It's worth sticking with though.

It gives the reader a very different impression of the German people during the end of WW2 and into the first year after the war.

A depressed time, full of negative thought, utter devistated landscape and total collapse of normality.

It must have been an extremely difficult book to write at that time.

It's hardly an enjoyable subject, but it's a subject worth listening too.

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Post war Berlin

After 'Alone in Berlin' I had very high expectations for this audiobook. Unfortunately the bleakness of this post-war period and the fixations of the main characters did not make, for me , a very engaging tale. Stuck with it to the end hoping for better things that did not materialise. In the postscript you learn that the tale and its writing were heavily autobiographical of the authors own health issues and addiction.

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  • 17-10-19

Intriguing Book!

I really enjoyed this book. I also read Alone in Berlin which I liked, but felt Nightmare in Berlin captured me more. The characters are richly developed . The novel really captures the mood at the end of the war. I’ve never encountered a book or movie that deals with this period and was fascinated with the authors vivid descriptions. I wish he had lived longer to write more. Truly a gifted talented writer !

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  • heidi
  • 31-08-21

Boring!

I struggled to finish this book. I love books on history. Unfortunately this book was really very very boring. I am not sure what the author wanted to tell the readers. Don't waste your time.

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  • Doris
  • 30-08-21

Berlin at its lowest

This is a portrait of post-war Germany with which relatively few Americans are familiar. I’m pleased to have the additional pieces of the post-war puzzle to add to my lessons.

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  • Diana S.
  • 16-05-21

Weird yet I couldn’t put it down

I’m still confused. But I couldn’t put it down to see how it developed. Many tragic truths.

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  • 09-04-21

Deep voice

Could not understand the words he was saying. Voice was so deep. Didn’t get beyond the 1st chapter. Sorry don’t know what the story was

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-03-21

Unable to listen to the narration


I not able to rate this story as I was unable to listen to it. I tried for two hours but could not connect with the narrator...

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  • Manuel Lubinus
  • 13-03-21

Germany after the defeat

This book took us for 4 hours between dallas and Austin. We did not stop for lunch.

Fallada narrates his life after the war in this quasi-biography, as well the life of all Germans especially those that never recognize that they were Nazis either in the big towns or in the small villages
a critique of German society and the human condition, the same narrative repeats over and over again in Syria in the Balkan, in Vietnam.
I have previously read “we all die alone” but this one is great, but without showing the Nelum neighborhoods.
Narrator creates Great voices for each one of the characters really bring into life many of the characteristics that fallada describes.

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  • Michelle
  • 25-10-22

Super depressing

Couldn’t finish it, just super depressing. Don’t know what to say besides that. Sad upon sad.

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  • Karen
  • 06-06-22

Boring

I love history, but this is the story of a depressed man in a historic time. Skip this one.

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  • Robert F. Godec
  • 12-02-21

Awful !!!!

awful ,because the narrator is unacceptable .
The historical record is rich and compelling but this audible presentation fails to deliver.