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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Nay717
  • 2018-12-07

Very Interesting and Detailed

I really enjoyed the narrative and learned a lot. I just wish it had been read by a professional reader and then it would of gotten 5 stars from me! Fortunately, Mr. O'Reilly's reading style is not totally unbearable but occasionally gets grating with the unnatural pauses and ups and downs in his rendition; no where near the smoothness and cadence produced by professional readers. Why must authors read their own works? It very rarely works.

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  • BigH
  • 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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  • 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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  • Patricia Stoller
  • 2018-11-25

Killing the SS

Very good story. Lots of info I didn’t know. Performance seemed rushed. Bill O’Reilly needed to take a breadth Occasionally. Otherwise it was great.

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  • Dane Maralason
  • 2018-11-10

Extraordinarily Insightful and Engaging

This book engaged me on two levels. First in meeting my expectation that I would learn a lot about how Nazi leaders were found and prosecuted, and who helped the Nazis escape justice. This alone would have made for a great book. But the second level is what mades the book so extraordinary. O'Reilly's breathtaking account of the atrocities committed by the subjects of the book and the thousands of others who were never brought to justice. O'Reilly does an amazing job of presenting the facts, just the facts without gratuitous elaboration leaving the listener stunned at the horror that was actually experienced by ordinary people.

O'Reilly's read is excellent. Perfectly paced and inflected. This is one of the few audiobooks I came back to exclusively until it was finished. I usually rotate among a few books, but this one was simply too engaging to break away.

--DCM

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  • Larry A. Jasek
  • 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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  • Kevin P Key
  • 2018-11-04

Behind the scenes of the final days of the Nazi holocaust officers

Bill O’Reilly has written another excellent book. We know the history in his “Killing...” series. However, the behind the scenes details is what sets the series apart. In Killing the SS, O’Reilly tells the stories of the Nazi officers that escaped after the war and how the Israeli Nazi-hunters track down the 3,000 people who played a large part in the Jewish holocaust for Hitler. Many of them lived in South America. They were hunted and found. Some were executed. Many were eventually set free. Several were sheltered by other countries including the U. S. I recommend this book for those interested in knowing the final end of the Nazi regime after the war.

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  • James. Backus
  • 2018-11-03

Both my wife and I enjoyed this book.

I have always been a fan of World War II history. My wife and I listed to this on a trip in the car. We had both known some of the facts that was presented in the book. But there were some fascinating facts about some of the SS capture we did know about.
So if you are looking for a book to listen to and enjoy if you are into history I would recommend this. The book is not dry and the pace of the book is great.

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