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Books Set in Berlin

Books Set in Berlin

The best books to listen to while visiting Berlin and exploring its streets. Reading the City suggests some great audiobooks for your next trip.

Playlist Tags: topic: germany topic: berlin mood: wanderlust

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Every Man Dies Alone

By Hans Fallada
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 20 hours 15 minutes

Hans Fallada wrote this stunning novel in only 24 days-just after being released from a Nazi insane asylum. Based on a true story, Every Man Dies Alone tells of a German couple who try to start an uprising by distributing anti-fascist postcards during WWII. But their dream ultimately proves perilous under the tyranny that dominates every corner... Read more »

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Leaving Berlin

A Novel

By Joseph Kanon
Narrated by: Corey Brill
Length: 11 hours 38 minutes

New York Times Notable Book * Named one of NPR and Wall Street Journal's Best Books of the Year *

The acclaimed author of The Good German “deftly captures the ambience” (The New York Times Book Review) of postwar East Berlin in his “thought-provoking, pulse-pounding” (Wall Street Journal) New York Times bestseller—a sweeping spy thriller about...
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Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot

A True Story of the Berlin Airlift and the Candy That Dropped from the Sky

By Margot Theis Raven
Narrated by: Barbara McCulloh
Length: 22 minutes

In 1948 West Berlin, Mercedes and her mother rely on the noisy American planes that form a "sky bridge" into the city, bringing vital food and supplies. But the planes deliver more than flour, clothing, and coal. Every day, one special plane wiggles its wings, and its pilot drops small candy-filled parachutes for the children. How can Mercedes... Read more »

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The Innocent

By Ian McEwan
Narrated by: John Franklyn-Robbins
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes

War-weary Berlin has much to offer Leonard Markham, a young, naive postal engineer: first the arts of sophisticated intrigue, then the delights of sexual pleasure. But Leonard's new knowledge carries a heavy price, dragging him into a life that is exhaustively suspenseful and utterly irresistible. Read more »

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Nightmare in Berlin

By Hans Fallada
Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
Length: 8 hours 26 minutes

Available for the first time in English, here is an unforgettable novel about the desolation of Hitler’s postwar Germany.

The war is over, yet Dr. Doll, a loner and “moderate pessimist,” lives in constant fear. By night, he is still haunted by nightmarish images of the bombsite in which he is trapped—he, and the rest of Germany. More than...

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Berlin Alexanderplatz

By Alfred Doblin
Narrated by: Julian Elfer
Length: 15 hours 31 minutes

Berlin Alexanderplatz, the great novel of Berlin and the doomed Weimar Republic, is one of the great books of the twentieth century, gruesome, farcical, and appalling, word drunk, pitchdark. In Michael Hofmann's extraordinary new translation, Alfred Döblin's masterpiece lives in English for the first time.

As Döblin writes:

The subject of... Read more »

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