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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,727 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Isherwood Narrator: Michael York Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Christopher Isherwood's dramatized memoirs are prophetic images of a country preparing itself to embrace Hitler and the Third Reich. The Berlin Stories includes two works published together: The Last of Mr. Norris and Goodbye to Berlin. These modern classics reveal in poignant detail the tragedy of mid-20th-century Germany. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/16/2014

    " So far I've only read The Last of Mr. Norris, but I plan on reading the other story after the semester is over. The style of writing mixed with the historical backdrop make this a very enjoyable and fast read. I would recommend this to a friend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 2/9/2014

    " I read this after being moved by seeing the musical Cabaret, which is based on Goodbye to Berlin. It's a really interesting look at the decadence of Weimar Germany and its decline into Nazism. Isherwood is a dry writer, and even though the stories were based on his true experiences as an English teacher in Berlin, he takes the position almost of an outside observer instead of a participant in the surreal environment in which he finds himself. Read this if only for the strange characters that he meets along his way! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/31/2014

    " FUNNY, FUNNY eccentric and FUNNY stories about cabaret life in Berlin the 1920's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 1/10/2014

    " Not bad. Goodbye to Berlin was published in 1934, and all gay subtext is very low-level. I don't love Cabaret, but decided to read this after seeing, then reading, A Single Man. I like A Single Man better. It seems more introspective and better-written. It would be interesting to read one of his autobiographies (1938 or 1976) to get a more revealing account of his time in Berlin. If page 96 mentions a character named Peter, you have a misprint, and should look for an updated edition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherm Thompson | 1/5/2014

    " One of the two books in this is a meandering series of musings only related by place and time, and the other is a diary. *slaps thigh* No, seriously, they're both short of plot, at anything much beyond the level of what's pulling you through that scene, but in both cases I didn't care. The prose is so appealing, and the minute observations of character and place so well done, that it's thoroughly enjoyable anyway. It's a friend telling you travel stories in a bar, inconsequential at the time, but told so vividly that afterwards you have to remind yourself that you weren't there. I'm glad to have this on my shelf because it's the sort of book you could pick up at any time, open at any page and instantly recover that sense of enjoying listening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 12/25/2013

    " Excellent writing. Didn't know about Isherwood until last year when the Berlin Stories was recommended to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 12/25/2013

    " Could not engage. So disappointing that instead of wanting Cabaret to be more like the book, I ended up wanting the book (and its bland narrator and uninviting characters) to be more like the movie. For its historical significance alone it gets a satisfactory rating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 12/14/2013

    " Shame on me for waiting this long to read Christopher Isherwood. What kind of a queer am I??? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Levesque | 12/3/2013

    " So beautiful. One of my favorite Isherwood books. I know. Not a very insightful review. If you haven't read Isherwood, start here. Or not. See? Shitty review, huh? Sorry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 11/7/2013

    " Uneven, but strangely powerful. I'm not sure why. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Graf | 11/4/2013

    " This work by Isherwood portraying life in Weimar Berlin as the shadow of Nazism falls over it stands as the definitive fiction of that era. Equisitely written, it served as an inspiration to Kurt Weill and others. A joy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dr. Toxic | 10/12/2013

    " My daughter's teacher gave me this to read. Her school (2nd Foundation) is doing a play in May 2008 based on this book (which is what the Movie/Broadway production "Cabaret" is based off of). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 8/5/2013

    " Fantastic storytelling of war time Germany. Classic.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Superposition | 7/3/2013

    " I wasn't emotionally invested in any of the characters and was disappointed at the lack of plot. Witty lines are a sadly rare occurrence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thusspokejeremy | 7/3/2013

    " Good account of the atmosphere on the Left and Right pre-Nazi Germany, as well as the (in)famous Berlin underworld. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 5/13/2013

    " I read In the Garden of Beasts a few months ago and that book pulled heavily from this one to create the atmosphere of Berlin in the early 30s. It's so bizarre and chilling to read these stories from the other side of history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 7/25/2012

    " This was a delightful read. At times you forget that such intriguing characters existed and that those horrific events occurred. Isherwood masterfully blurred the lines between fiction and reality. It's unbelievable how history unfolded the way it did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 2/18/2012

    " I love the language of these novels--they are beautifully written. This became a great companion piece for "In the Garden of Beasts" which I began reading at the same time. Two perspectives on Berlin and Germany in the early years of Hitler's rise to power. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johnny | 2/9/2012

    " Gay Nazis rule!!!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 anne | 10/11/2011

    " I liked the first story here better; the second is the basis for Cabaret's Sally Bowles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Bird | 9/29/2011

    " An appropriately slippery work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 6/17/2011

    " I prefer The Last of Mr. Norris to Goodbye to Berlin, although the chapter on Sally Bowles is simply fascinating. Excited to read Isherwood's memoirs as a companion to this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clark | 6/11/2011

    " Interesting to get a feel for Berlin in the 1920s, but nothing life-changing in here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 3/26/2011

    " So far I've only read The Last of Mr. Norris, but I plan on reading the other story after the semester is over. The style of writing mixed with the historical backdrop make this a very enjoyable and fast read. I would recommend this to a friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christin | 11/18/2010

    " 'Lock myself in my office and read all day' good.

    There was 2+2=5 reference in there and this was published in '46 and 1984 was published in '48 which made me really excited which is a sure sign that I am a NERD. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 10/20/2010

    " "The Last of Mr. Norris" was good, "Goodbye to Berlin" was amazing. The characters are alive, Berlin is real, and the writing is clever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 10/5/2010

    " Interesting, quasi-memoir of Berlin in the early 1930s, as seen by a young Englishman. Told as a series of stories, with the coming disaster of Nazism foreshadowed. Well written in general, but a bit slow. One of the stories is the foundation for the play/movie Cabaret. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thusspokejeremy | 9/18/2010

    " Good account of the atmosphere on the Left and Right pre-Nazi Germany, as well as the (in)famous Berlin underworld. "

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About the Author
Author Christopher Isherwood

Christopher Isherwood (1902–1986) lived in Berlin from 1928 to 1933 and immigrated to the United States in 1939. A major figure in twentieth-century fiction and the gay rights movement, he wrote more than twenty books including A Single Man, which was adapted into a film of the same name in 2009, and a series of short stories that inspired the musical Cabaret. In 2010 his autobiography, Christopher and His Kind, was adapted into a television film by the BBC.

About the Narrator

Michael York is a successful screen and stage actor. Among his screen credits are Romeo and Juliet, Cabaret, The Three Musketeers, Logan’s Run, and Austin Powers. Stage appearances include Britain’s National Theatre and Broadway. His television work has garnered Emmy nominations and his audio recordings Grammy nominations. He has been awarded Britain’s OBE, France’s Arts et Lettres, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.