Munich: A novel

By Robert Harris
Read by David Rintoul

9.65 Hours 01/16/2018 unabridged
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From the internationally bestselling author of Fatherland and the Cicero Trilogy--a new spy thriller about treason and conscience, loyalty and betrayal, set against the backdrop of the fateful Munich Conference of September 1938. Hugh Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving at 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. Rikard von Holz is on the staff of the German Foreign Office--and secretly a member of the anti-Hitler resistance. The two men were friends at Oxford in the 1920s, but have not been in contact since. Now, when Hugh flies with Chamberlain from London to Munich, and Rikard travels on Hitler's train overnight from Berlin, their paths are set on a disastrous collision course. And once again, Robert Harris gives us actual events of historical importance--here are Hitler, Chamberlain, Mussolini, Daladier--at the heart of an electrifying novel.

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Summary

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A New York Times bestseller

A London Times Pick of Best Historical Fiction of the Year

From the internationally bestselling author of Fatherland and the Cicero Trilogy--a new spy thriller about treason and conscience, loyalty and betrayal, set against the backdrop of the fateful Munich Conference of September 1938.

Hugh Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving at 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. Rikard von Holz is on the staff of the German Foreign Office--and secretly a member of the anti-Hitler resistance. The two men were friends at Oxford in the 1920s, but have not been in contact since. Now, when Hugh flies with Chamberlain from London to Munich, and Rikard travels on Hitler's train overnight from Berlin, their paths are set on a disastrous collision course. And once again, Robert Harris gives us actual events of historical importance--here are Hitler, Chamberlain, Mussolini, Daladier--at the heart of an electrifying novel.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Thriller-meister Robert Harris won’t need this recommendation to top the bestseller charts, but he’s getting it anyway. . . . Perfect prose . . . the menacing air of jackbroot brutality lurking between the lines. . . . It’s hard to imagine how history could be told better. Sport Sunday (London)
Gripping . . . Harris is a marvelously compelling storyteller. . . . A historical novel, a novel of ideas, and a gripping thriller. . . . Harris writes with complete and compelling authority. The Scotsman
[A] master storyteller . . . Harris is an undoubted wordsmith. Express (London)
In Fatherland, Robert Harris’s debut thriller, an aged, ailing Hitler is kept firmly off the page. In Munich, he walks, he talks, he rants. . . . A vivid recreation . . . Harris brings the history alive. He cleverly inserts arresting facts and detail into his narrative. The Times (London)
A tense and subtle narrative of the 1938 deal that sold out the Czechs. Financial Times
“Another surefire best-seller. A tautly constructed, compellingly written story. Booklist
“Engaging, informative, and quietly suspenseful. Kirkus Reviews
Another thrilling historical novel from Robert Harris. [He’s] on sure and familiar ground in Munich—he quickly settles into the mid-20th century setting that made Fatherland and Enigma so compelling, and the claustrophobic feel of the conference carriers on from last year’s exploration of Vatican politics, Conclave. . . Against the intriguing backdrop of political machinations and brinkmanship is a thriller plot bursting to get out. The Guardian
Thumbs up. Harris fashions an absorbing tale. Metro (London)
Once again, Harris has brought history to life with exceptional skill. Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post
An intelligent thriller…with exacting attention to historical detail. The novel’s power lies in the conflict between our hindsight and the characters’ all-too-believable hopes and fears. The Times (UK), Best Historical Fiction of 2017
“An intelligent thriller…with exacting attention to historical detail. The novel’s power lies in the conflict between our hindsight and the characters’ all-too-believable hopes and fears.” Times (London)
[Harris’s] writing remains lean and understated throughout Munich, even when the spy-craft starts. . . . The result is an entertaining mix of diplomacy and derring-do . . . history buffs should find it exhilarating. Doug Childers, The Richmond-Times Dispatch
Harris has built a career upon painstakingly researched what-if stories centered on World War II, and with Munich, he weaves fiction into the fabric of history without even the tiniest hint of a seam. This is a fine addition to a fine writer’s oeuvre. Bruce Tierney, Bookpage
Densely researched, tightly constructed and deftly written. D.J. Taylor, The Wall Street Journal
“A tense and subtle narrative of the 1938 deal that sold out the Czechs.” Financial Times (London)
“[Harris’] writing remains lean and understated throughout Munich, even when the spy-craft starts…The result is an entertaining mix of diplomacy and derring-do…History buffs should find it exhilarating.” Richmond-Times Dispatch

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Author Bio: Robert Harris

Robert Harris is the author of New York Times bestselling historical thrillers. Several of his books have been adapted to film, including The Ghost Writer, and his work has been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 9.65
Audience: Adult
Language: English