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Killing the SS

Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
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Confronting Nazi evil is the subject of the latest installment in the mega-best-selling Killing series.

As the true horrors of the Third Reich began to be exposed immediately after World War II, the Nazi war criminals who committed genocide went on the run. A few were swiftly caught, including the notorious SS leader Heinrich Himmler. Others, however, evaded capture through a sophisticated Nazi organization designed to hide them. Among those war criminals were Josef Mengele, the “Angel of Death” who performed hideous medical experiments at Auschwitz; Martin Bormann, Hitler’s brutal personal secretary; Klaus Barbie, the cruel "Butcher of Lyon"; and perhaps the most awful Nazi of all: Adolf Eichmann. 

Killing the SS is the epic saga of the espionage and daring waged by self-styled "Nazi hunters". This determined and disparate group included a French husband and wife team, an American lawyer who served in the army on D-Day, a German prosecutor who had signed an oath to the Nazi Party, Israeli Mossad agents, and a death camp survivor. Over decades, these men and women scoured the world, tracking down the SS fugitives and bringing them to justice, which often meant death. 

Written in the fast-paced style of the Killing series, Killing the SS will educate and stun the listener. The final chapter is truly shocking.

©2018 Henry Holt (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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  • BigH
  • Nashville, TN
  • 2018-10-14

Great Story, Horrendous Narration

I am a big fan of O’Reilly’s “Killing“ series and I have read most of them as of this writing. Also, having recently re-read William L. Shirer‘s great work “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich“ I have been eagerly anticipating the release of this latest book. The story itself does not disappoint - it is well-researched, intriguing, and at times moving. However, while I have enjoyed O’Reilly’s narration of his past books, this attempt was embarrassingly poor. His pace was too fast, his diction bordered on drunken slurring, and most egregiously his German pronunciation was simply abominable! Further, not only did he mispronounce nearly every German word and name in the text, he couldn’t even be consistent in his errors. I am fluent in German, and if I had to listen to him pronounce the infamous Nazi death camp as “ouch-wich” or calling the Nazi party symbol a “swak-sticker” one more time, I was considering jamming an icepick in my ear just to make it stop. If O’Reilly isn’t going to approach narration of his own works in a professional manner, he needs to leave that task to someone who will.

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  • G. Kinzer
  • 2018-10-11

Another great Killing book by O'Reilly & Dugard

I love the intriguing story. It kept me involved and wanting to hear more. O'Reilly's narration is excellent and his years as a broadcast journalist is evident. An easy to listen to and follow read.

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  • Desmond
  • 2019-04-08

Good content but performance has emotional bias

Pace of the narration is fast at natural speed. The narrator uses a negative tone to emphasis the atrocities of the ss, we already know who they are and what the generally did. it would be better to use an objective tone and narrate as a documentary then as a personal vendetta tonality.

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  • Keith Hollers
  • 2019-02-26

Not Impressed.

Not as good as the other killing series books. Just passable. Actually boring in parts.

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  • Larry A. Jasek
  • Lucedale, MS, US
  • 2018-11-05

Should Have Hired Someone Else to Read It

There were a number of points about this part of history that I was not aware of. History always fascinates me. Mr. O'Reilly should have gotten someone who understands the German Language to read this. Every pronunciation was butchered. Regardless, I do like the Killing Series of books.

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  • Richard Hay
  • 2018-10-21

Heart wrenching at times

Bill takes you on an in-depth journey for the hunt of some of the worlds most barbaric criminals of WW2. Highly recommended

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  • Riley
  • 2019-01-15

Tried and Tried but Can't finish

Bill should not be narrating books!! I usually finish a book within three days of getting one. I've tried and quit about 5 times so far with this and just can't take his style of reading. Brutal

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  • Randy Lance
  • 2019-01-13

Needs Professional Narration

Bill might be a fine author in his gathering of facts and reporting them, but his narration skills are painful. His pronunciation of German names and any foreign words made me wince. In my opinion, this greatly reduced the overall story and performance.

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  • Debera
  • Severna Park, MD, United States
  • 2019-03-14

Not his best.

This is not one of the better books in O'Reilly's series; however I blame that on the material he had to work with as I suspect it was sparse and much had to be pieced to make even a mildly interesting story. His mis-pronunciation of many foreign words was distracting as well, but he did get the point across. On the positive side, I did learn a few things I didn't know and for that the book was worth listening to.

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  • Kelsey Mills
  • 2019-02-26

Some facts skewed

Some of the facts concerning certain SS leaders escapes have been skewed as shown in recent historical investigations as portrayed by the History Channel, as well as international news releases in the last two years. Overall, correct and thorough fact-checking makes for an interesting and engaging novel of non-fiction.

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