This was an amazing story, though not a fun one. There is nothing light about the story, or the topic. We slow and can't tear our eyes from a bad car wreck, so it is with this book. It was told in such a way that it could almost pass as non-fiction. This is much like the book Flyboys, as it grasps the depth, intensity, horror, and sheer insanity of the world at war. Riviting like Saving Private Ryan, yet with hope and examples of the best of humanity. The narrator did well with the different voices, though not so well with his attempt of the distressed female. It's a war story, a thriller, a mystery and an intense plot. Well done in the way it weaves into history and believiblity. Books like this should be in our public schools, so we remember as a society how in modern times the world was almost destroyed. At the end the author makes some exceptionally important points, for we all owe more than we can imagine to so many we never knew. Well done Mr. Iles! Thank you for reminding us of that which we can never forget, for to do so would be at great peril.
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The activities in the German Concentration Camp. Horrifying and terrible; very eye opening.
Dick Hill, one of my all time favorites, portrayed the characters, accents and all, to perfection. A master narrator.
The entire book moved me.
If you have never read a book about World War II, Germany, the concentration camps and our allies, even though this book is fiction, you should read it.
Married mother of three teenagers, back to work after 15 years at home - when I read a lot. Now I am the assistant to the Mayor of Omaha and work at least 60 hours a week, and on top of what I have to do at home - no more books. This lets me listen to the classics, the latest, whatever I want. I can learn or escape. I have always love audio books, but now I NEED them.
If they like WWII stories, yes, I would. It had all the right characteristics: clear danger, moral choices, Nazis, Jews, and Allies.
The realization that this story was being told to the grandchild of the main hero. It is often hard for us to think of our parents as normal people, and seeing him see that was interesting to me.
I don't know, but when I lose track of the narrator, that is a good thing.
I can't do any better, sorry.
Even if you don't love WWII or war stories, you should give this one a try. The storyline is amazing and the characters are superb. The narrator does an impressive job covering all the variety of voices and accents. I was really drawn into the story from the beginning and it only gets better with each chapter. This story will make you appreciate the freedom we have and the sacrifices that were made to derail evil during this dark period of our history. I've only listened to about 8 Audible audiobooks since I joined earlier this year, but this is by far the best book I've listened to both in terms of the story and the narration. I highly recommend this book. Greg Iles is a fabulous author!
I'm hooked on Greg Iles books. I really enjoy every book I've read which is all but one or two. He tells great stories and they are all different. What a talent.
This is among the most engaging audio novels I have listened to so far--complex and relatable characters, dramatic setting, unexpected plot twists, lots of action. It was well-read--the inflection and pacing were excellent, and accents distinctive and credible.
This was a surprise. I have become a big Greg Iles fan, my first book being "Footprints of God". All of his other novels (that I've read) have been set primarily in the South. This one starts there for about a minute, then the rest is WW II England and Germany. Although much of the set up of the novel is a bit improbable, it's a great story and very well told. I was on the edge of the driver's seat for hours. The climax scene took almost half the book! He is so good at grabbing the readers attention and not letting go. One thing I really liked in this WW II novel is the character of Jonas, who represents a strong, capable Jew who strikes back on behalf of the millions of Jews who were victimized. It was nice to see, even if symbolic. I also liked that the message that just being German, just being a Jew, American, Englishman, etc didn't mean you were required to play your part for your team. There are ways to stand up for what is right, even when what is right is so hard to see. I would recommend this.
Fine art photographer, retired English professor, dog mom to an adorable Maltese mix, long-time Californian, genealogist, what else?
I've listened to a lot of audiobooks, but this is the first one that had me wanting to drive around in my car (where I listen) just to keep the story going. It's extremely suspenseful; the last couple of hours are almost unbearably intense. Because some of it takes place in a WWII concentration camp, it is at times quite graphic and hard to take, but I don't think he was being sensational, just conveying the depths of horror that some people had to endure in that place and time. The reader is absolutely wonderful, does a great job with all the accents and differentiating between the characters, and I didn't notice a single edit, remarkable in a book of this length. Highly recommended.
Sadly, as a rule, I rarely write a review, I just listen and move on, but after listening to Black Cross, I felt it my duty to let others know just how great this book is. Out of the 250+ Audible books that I have purchased over the years, I would rate this one as one of the best that I have ever listened to. I look forward to listening to the rest of Mr. Iles books, and if they are even half as good as this one was, I'd consider them to be worthy of my credits. I noticed one reviewer being critical of the narrator. I couldn't disagree more. There are a number of character's to keep up with in this complex novel, and Mr. Hill does an absolutely incredible job making them easy for the listener to keep track of and recognize and to me, the accents were spot on.