The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men

Allied Heros, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

Downloadable Audiobook - 2009 | Unabridged
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Edsel traces the effort by an Allied division to find and secure European art that had been looted by the Nazis, outlining the dramatic story of how they risked their lives and operated with limited supplies and scraps of information, sometimes obtained from colorful sources.
Publisher: North Kingstown : BBC Audiobooks America, 2009
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780792766179
Additional Contributors: Witter, Bret
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Jul 22, 2014

Interesting, but a little tedius. Tends too much toward an academic documentary, with all the personnel details and footnotes, organized in a month-to-moth timeline. It reads like a diary. It would have been rather better as a series of well-told stories about the artwork's history, what makes each major piece is important, and what happened to it during the course of WW II. True, the book title is "Monuments Men", so you have to expect it is more about the men involved than the art. Still, for me, a little less about how the men involved dealt with the lack of clear direction and consistent resources, and more focus on the artwork itself would have made for a better listen. The technical difficulties, after all, are readily understandable and don't need quite so much explanation. Everybody already knows if the war was lost, the Allies' discovering where the artwork was stashed would have been of no value. Only modestly recommended.

Mar 07, 2014

I'm only about 1/3 of the way through this interesting historical novel but, have to say, I can't believe how bad the accents are with this reader. He sounds like Inspector Clouseau when he tries to do French, Colonel Klink when he tries German, and who knows who when he tries his best to capture an English accent! And, his pronunciation of French cities is inconsistent...sometimes correct, sometimes the same city's name will be butchered (I lived there for a year and know how to correctly pronounce them). I usually prefer audio books but, in this case, I recommend the hard-copy version.

Nov 09, 2013

The narration is quite good, which is not always the case. Unfortunately, the narrator deemed it necessary to imitate American southern and foreign accents. Often French and German sounds get confused.Also, the narrator found it difficult to pronounce 'foreign' names and even English words correctly: Agrigento, Sicily,Giorgio Vasari, Rose Valland, jewelry.. to cite just the few that stuck in my mind. If these things matter to you, be prepared to grind your teeth now and then as you listen.I think watching the documentary "The Rape of Europa" on the same subject would be a more rewarding experience all around.

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