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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,468 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hans Fallada Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Hans Fallada wrote this stunning novel in only 24 days—just after being released from a Nazi insane asylum. Based on a true story, Every Man Dies Alone tells of a German couple who try to start an uprising by distributing anti-fascist postcards during WWII. But their dream ultimately proves perilous under the tyranny that dominates every corner of Hitler’s Germany. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a novel that is so powerful, so intense, that it almost hums with electricity.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “Essential, thrilling.”

    St. Petersburg Times

  • “Stunningly vivid characters…gets you inside Nazi Germany like no other novel.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A one-of-a-kind novel…Fallada can be seen as a hero, a writer-hero who survived just long enough to strike back at his oppressors.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “One of the most extraordinarily ambitious literary resurrections in recent memory.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Has the suspense of a John le Carré novel…Visceral, chilling.”

    New Yorker

  • Selected for the April 2009 Indie Next List
  • A 2009 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • A 2011 Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Cathy | 2/10/2014

    " It was a very slow moving book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karyl | 2/7/2014

    " About all I can say about this novel now that I've finished it is simply... WOW. Imagine living in a world in which everything you say, every look you make, every thought that crosses your face, is enough to have you reported to the police. This is the world in which the Quangels live, in which the Gestapo and the SS and the SA rule over Germany with an iron fist, ruling through fear and intimidation and brutality. You're accused of some kind of wrongdoing? The police arrest you, take you in, beat you until you confess to SOMETHING, anything, to make them stop beating you. Or they'll twist your words into a confession of some kind when you didn't say anything of the sort. And then whomever you happened to mention during the interrogation is brought in and subjected to the same brutality, until the police get the story they want, whether it's true or not. It's against this sort of insanity that the Quangels rebel by starting a postcard campaign. Each week Otto and Anna discuss and write a postcard or two, postcards detailing various subversive writings, and drop them in places where they're sure to be picked up. In this way, they feel as though they are fighting back against the Third Reich, as much an any individual can fight back. I can see why several reviewers felt this novel(based on a true story, mind) plodded along. It's not a quick detective story with lots of blood and guts and gore. It's a novel that shows ordinary people living ordinary lives, yet doing extraordinary things in a crazy, insane world run by men who enjoy killing and violence and sheer brutality. This book is an excellent reminder that it wasn't just the Jews who suffered under the Third Reich, and why the Third Reich was able to retain power for so long. It wasn't a time in which one person could stand up and say, "This is wrong!" To do that would be to sign your own death warrant, and while many people did exactly that, many more people were simply too frightened. The Third Reich felt that these supposedly "weak" characters were better off dead, that their nation was stronger without these traitors, and so they were more than willing to put anyone who disagreed with them to death. Even those that were innocent were either murdered or tried to take their own lives. Every time I read a book like this, I wonder how anyone survived the Germany of the 1930s and 1940s. May this type of regime never, ever be allowed to resurface anywhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Zineb | 2/7/2014

    " Awesome book, a moment to moment tale of Nazi Germany society for the ordinary man. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Katrina | 2/5/2014

    " Made it 1/2 way through, then had to make a decision. Just couldn't get into it despite all of the glowing reviews. Perhaps a better book to read in the winter. "

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