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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,578 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ira Levin Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2014 ISBN: 9780062357762
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The classic thriller of Dr. Josef Mengele’s nightmarish plot to restore the Third Reich

Alive and hiding in South America, the fiendish Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele gathers a group of former colleagues for a horrifying project—the creation of the Fourth Reich. Barry Kohler, a young investigative journalist, gets wind of the project and informs famed Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman, but before he can relay the evidence, Kohler is killed.

Thus Ira Levin opens one of the strangest and most masterful novels of his career. Why has Mengele marked a number of harmless aging men for murder? What is the hidden link that binds them? What interest can they possibly hold for their killers: six former SS men dispatched from South America by the most wanted Nazi still alive, the notorious “Angel of Death?” One man alone must answer these questions and stop the killings—Lieberman, himself aging and thought by some to be losing his grip on reality.

At the heart of The Boys from Brazil lies a frightening contemporary nightmare, chilling and all too possible.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ira Levin’s most inventive plot since Rosemary’s Baby. Extremely clever, consisting of familiar Levin themes—biological engineering, the rebirth of the devil, human automation.”

    New York Times

  • “A novel by Ira Levin is like a bag of popcorn: there’s no way to stop once you’ve started. An irresistible novel, with a science fiction twist.”

    Newsweek

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 2/18/2014

    " If you didn't read it until now, you'll be excused for thinking it's cliched - lots of other books and movies have mined the same themes. This came first. And it's entertaining. But I still found it a bit silly, and I'm not sure it's wearing well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 2/14/2014

    " The first half of a 1-2 Ira Levin/Halloween punch for book club. It's a cracking good read, even if feels dated and kind of ludicrous. A couple of creepy moments. Perfect for the train. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mckinley | 2/13/2014

    " Scarey idea - well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Palmyra | 1/26/2014

    " Gets you thinking on all sorts of subjects. Very intereting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A | 1/20/2014

    " I read this book for a Biology project. It is extremely fascinating and it is a fresh idea. It gets into biology topics like genetics. It's somewhat of a thriller take on the genetics versus environmental factors that affect who we are. There is a fair amount of swearing and mention of prostitutes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tine | 1/20/2014

    " Still relevant even though it has been written more than 30 years age .. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori Baldi | 1/13/2014

    " I read this in the 1970s or 1980s after seeing the film. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcus | 1/8/2014

    " Excellent idea for a novel but Lieberman is a hard character to like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anupama | 12/26/2013

    " Good suspense book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cideon | 12/6/2013

    " I was fascinated with the plot, but the characters, though interesting, still had much to be desired for. Sadly, my favorite character was one of the bodyguards. Whose name I can't really remember. But the book is written well, and certainly keeps you hooked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Versel Rush | 12/1/2013

    " Way ahead of its time in the cloning arguments. A lot like the movie though it does have more ethically thought provoking moments. Of course, I couldn't read it without seeing Olivier and Peck in the leads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mohit Misra | 11/30/2013

    " A great novel on the German Dr.Joseph Mengele and his quest for creating a new world of people.Definitely a genius but too ruthless.An interesting and educational read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Mcdaniel | 8/21/2013

    " The perfect thriller. I can't say much without ruining it, but non-stop, expertly written, shallow entertainment! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Carter | 4/12/2013

    " This is a pretty solid little novel if you're looking for something kind of goofy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurah | 3/12/2013

    " This is a quick read. It's mildly disturbing, but the end is a bit flat. Read Rosemary's Baby! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica Perez | 2/14/2013

    " Typical Ira Levin - gripping page-turner; this one had horrific undertones in its Nazi theme but it's good to be reminded of the horrors that await us at human hands if we let our guards down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivienne | 1/12/2013

    " Another well crafted thriller from Levin. I was already aware of the premise from the film but enjoyed the characterisation the novel allowed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Ann | 8/19/2012

    " Probably the first time I really read anything about cloning...and what a premise! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 6/1/2012

    " I thought the boys from brazil were the nazis but I was pleased to get caught up in an unexpected plot. Very good description of the era underpinned an exciting story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 5/22/2012

    " My memory of this book is that it scared me to death, so it must have been a great thriller! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Siegel | 2/14/2012

    " I still remember this wonderfully chilling story 50 years later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bungo | 7/14/2011

    " Ira Levin is great! I raced through this - ageing Nazis coming out of hiding, an ageing Nazi hunter going back into battle and a worldwide plot which is DIABOLICAL! Gripping from the first chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor Mullins | 5/23/2011

    " Really good stuff! Definitely one of those books that you want to know as little as possible about before going into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosalía | 4/19/2011

    " NAZI leaders hid safely (by the Catholic Church)in South America after The Holocaust was a book to keep me awake even if I didn't have insomnia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 3/9/2011

    " I thought the boys from brazil were the nazis but I was pleased to get caught up in an unexpected plot. Very good description of the era underpinned an exciting story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 3/8/2011

    " Levin knows how to craft a page-turner, no question. I already knew the somewhat silly "twist" of plot in The Boys from Brazil, and I'm sure that colored my enjoyment of the book a bit... but despite that, a solid thriller with some really creepy moments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 2/28/2011

    " OMG, I loved it. Levin's language is just perfect. The last chapter takes your breath away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia | 1/28/2011

    " eng idee dat zoiets best wel kan..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geoff | 12/26/2010

    " Everybody knows the plot twist but it's still a dang fun read. I like those 70s potboilers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 4/26/2010

    " Excellent book. Well written. Compelling story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalia | 4/22/2010

    " I read this book in grade 9 and used it for a book report. I remember that it totally blew my mind. Nazi's, genetic engineering, it's all there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaethe | 4/21/2010

    " Levin wrote really gripping stories. Such fun to read, even if they are implausible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randi | 4/10/2010

    " This book is out of print, but if you can find it, read it. I looked for this for 7 years and finally found someone who let me borrow it. It not only lived up to, but exceeded those 7 years of anticipation. Involves the cloning of Hitlers. One of the best paced books I've read in a while. "

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About the Author
Author Ira Levin

Ira Levin (1929–2007) was the highly acclaimed and internationally bestselling author of Rosemary’s Baby, A Kiss before Dying, The Boys from Brazil, This Perfect Day, Sliver, and The Stepford Wives. He also wrote Deathtrap, the longest-running thriller in Broadway history. He was a two-time winner of the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award.

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.