Synopses & Reviews
"Littell's epic tale of a reformed Nazi officer takes the form of a fictitious memoir that takes listeners on a journey from Poland to the Ukraine and through some of the most notorious events in world history as seen from a Nazi perspective. Grover Gardner gives an unforgettable performance as Dr. Max Aue, a closeted homosexual and rising star in the SS. Gardner's intensity and passion force listeners to identify with Aue in all his torment and brutality. It's an uncomfortable, unforgettable, and transformative experience. A Harper hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 8, 2008). (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Told from the point of view of the executionerand in his voiceThe Kindly Ones evokes in graphic detail the horrors of Babi Yar, Stalingrad, Auschwitz, and the fall of Berlin in 1945. Massive in scope, horrific in subject matter and shocking in its protagonist, critiques have compared this provocative and controversial work of literature to Tolstoys War and Peace
In this powerful fictional memoir, a former Nazi official tells the story of his life and the times through which he lived. Through his eyes, we experience the horrors of the Second World War and the Holocaust in vivid detail from the disturbing point of view of the executioner rather than the victim.