The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men

Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

Streaming Audiobook - 2009 | Unabridged.
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Now a major motion film! At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "degenerate" works he despised. In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Monuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture. Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis.
Publisher: Made available through hoopla, 2009.
[United States] : Macmillan Audio, 2009.
Edition: Unabridged.
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1 online resource (1 audio file (14hr., 19 min.)) : digital.


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Jul 22, 2014

Interesting, but a little tedius. Tends too much toward an academic documentary, with all the personnel details and footnotes, organized in a month-to-moth timeline. It reads like a diary. It would have been rather better as a series of well-told stories about the artwork's history, what makes each major piece is important, and what happened to it during the course of WW II. True, the book title is "Monuments Men", so you have to expect it is more about the men involved than the art. Still, for me, a little less about how the men involved dealt with the lack of clear direction and consistent resources, and more focus on the artwork itself would have made for a better listen. The technical difficulties, after all, are readily understandable and don't need quite so much explanation. Everybody already knows if the war was lost, the Allies' discovering where the artwork was stashed would have been of no value. Only modestly recommended.

Mar 07, 2014

I'm only about 1/3 of the way through this interesting historical novel but, have to say, I can't believe how bad the accents are with this reader. He sounds like Inspector Clouseau when he tries to do French, Colonel Klink when he tries German, and who knows who when he tries his best to capture an English accent! And, his pronunciation of French cities is inconsistent...sometimes correct, sometimes the same city's name will be butchered (I lived there for a year and know how to correctly pronounce them). I usually prefer audio books but, in this case, I recommend the hard-copy version.

Nov 09, 2013

The narration is quite good, which is not always the case. Unfortunately, the narrator deemed it necessary to imitate American southern and foreign accents. Often French and German sounds get confused.Also, the narrator found it difficult to pronounce 'foreign' names and even English words correctly: Agrigento, Sicily,Giorgio Vasari, Rose Valland, jewelry.. to cite just the few that stuck in my mind. If these things matter to you, be prepared to grind your teeth now and then as you listen.I think watching the documentary "The Rape of Europa" on the same subject would be a more rewarding experience all around.

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