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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (152 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alex Kershaw Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Hailed as “a master storyteller” (Booklist), Alex Kershaw routinely climbs bestseller lists with his narrative histories. The Envoy is yet another compelling story.

In the waning months of World War II, SS Colonel Adolf Eichmann sent over half a million Hungarians to their deaths at Auschwitz. But one Jewish ghetto remained, and only one man——a Swedish diplomat named Raoul Wallenberg—could stop Eichmann.

In July 1944, thirty-two-year-old Wallenberg arrived in Budapest on a mission to rescue the last Jews of Europe. Over the next six months, he would repeatedly risk his life to save tens of thousands of Jews, defying mass murderer Eichmann and crazed Hungarian fascists while enduring one of the bloodiest sieges of World War II. Tragically, when Budapest was finally liberated, the Holocaust’s greatest hero had disappeared into the Soviet gulag; to this day, his exact fate is unknown.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kershaw dramatically pulls the reader into the diabolical campaign of Adolf Eichmann…With the nail-biting suspense of a winning novelist, Kershaw uses solid research and anecdotal data to show how it felt to be just one step ahead of the SS…Alex Kershaw has delivered a masterpiece about Raul Wallenberg, as witnessed from every perspective.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “A tense, fast-moving narrative that shows Wallenberg as a match for Eichmann in intelligence and determination as he utilized fake documents, safe houses, and a variety of other methods to save thousands of Jewish lives. This is an inspiring story that illustrates how one dedicated human can make an impact, even against a monstrous tyranny.”


  • “An interesting conjunction of two World War II figures, one heroic and one evil, this will most interest general readers just starting to study the Holocaust, although some of Kershaw's details will also interest specialists.”

    Library Journal

  • “The entwined tales of Raoul Wallenberg and Adolf Eichmann, revisited with new research and this bestselling writer’s narrative flair.”


  • “Much like an adventure story, at times impossible to put down…The Envoy is well-written, thoroughly researched, and an engaging book to read.”

    Jewish Book World

  • “The life of a courageous, righteous man well told.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A harrowing book.”

    Providence Journal

  • “Guidall’s understated tact conveys a story of tragic nobility in the midst of soul-destroying brutality.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate | 2/13/2014

    " I rarely read fiction but this one read smoothly and easily. I admit I didn't know much about Raoul Wallenberg so was easily engrossed in his role in saving upwards of 100000 Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. The description of the seige of Budapest was very interesting and I was immersed in how Wallenberg used psychology and his understanding of Nazi thinking to outwit them in saving as many Jews as he could be giving them protection under Swedish citizenship. I also never knew that he disappeared upon the Russian liberation of Budapest and that his family tried with very little results until 2000 to ascertain his whereabouts. To this day no one knows his true fate. He was undoubtably one of the most selfless individuals and humanitarians of the 20th century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/3/2014

    " What an amazing story - can't believe I haven't heard of this before! It was an intense book to read, partly because of the horrific things that happened and the inhuman way some people acted, but also because it was so jam-packed full of detail. But although all the direct quotes and physical descriptions kind of bogged me down at times, I was impressed at how much the author really got to know this story. I wish there was a happier ending, but I think it's an account of history that is well-told and is very valuable to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eva | 1/28/2014

    " I highly recommend this book. Everybody should know about a hero like Raoul Wallenberg "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael Clifford | 1/18/2014

    " A quick read concerning Raoul Wallenberg -a Swedish diplomat who save thousands of Jews in Hungary at the end of WWII. He demonstrated incredible courage in many situations. "

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