Probably that I lived in Berlin as a student in the 70s.
Probably Sigrid because she has great integrity and intelligence and allows her life to happen without trying to control it too much.
Already forgot his name, but maybe the SS officer with whom Sigrid has the affair. He's wonderfully complex and well-realized by the narrator.
Tales from the German WWII Underground.
At one point, it seemed like one of those stories where all the Germans were secretly good and working against the Nazis--but then the story then took interesting twists and added levels of complexity to make the characters more human and believable.
Intriguing characters and a well-written story about German women living in Berlin during WW II. I really liked the characters and how the story evolved, and I will read more by this author.
A fascinating look at how love and passion drive people and how living through war affects a person's motives and actions. A bit slow at times, but a good story overall.
i like to read. i like to listen.
This was one of the top books I listened to. Suzanne Bertish was a great narrator, giving life not only to Sigrid, but to all the characters in this wonderful story. What I liked abut her narration is that she was so emotional as she read.
I've never listened to another one, but I will be putting her on my list to hear again.
i was so excited and intrigued by this book. Sigrid's story was fascinating...twists and turns on every page. i thought that she was a truly strong female character - even with all her flaws - she embodied what all great lead women do. courage and empathy, but also sadness and doubt.
i was enthralled following Sigrid as she tried maneuvering wartime Berlin, and all it's cast of characters. And i loved that as a reader, we didn't know the truth about anyone...we found out as she did. friends were enemies, enemies were friends. who could she trust? could she even trust herself to do the right things?
i loved every minute of this novel. i wish it never ended.
Powerful, intense, interesting
The descriptive writing
The entire book moved me, the writing was beautiful and the depth with which the author portrayed the protagonist made the story fascinating
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
The idea of this book has great potential--life in Berlin during WWII when most of the men are gone. What do the women do, how they survive, how they help Jews and others being persecuted, etc. Sadly, though, it falls short. The characters did not draw me in and I found the sub-stories stumbling over themselves, lacking clarity and creating a hope for the end of the book. I'd pass on this one.
I like books
I really really really enjoyed this book. The narrator and story were excellent! I felt like I was *watching* a movie even though I was listening to the story, the narration was so good. The story is deep and completely unpredictable with no stereotypes. At times I would say ok well that happened so this is going to happen but no it wouldn't happen. And then at another point in the book something would happen so I would say ok so now this is going to happen and no, it wouldn't happen. Oh! Such a good book! I was crocheting sometimes during the book and I would be so engrossed at some points that my hands would be frozen in the air for several minutes! If you want an engrossing book, I highly recommend this one.
War from another perspective and relationships from the inside out- great insight on both.
The twists and turns of plot, the picture of world war II from the women's perspective and the German perspective, the complex characters
Egon, the jewish lover
Have not read the print version.
The way that women fought to survive no matter of their belief, race or religion.
Yes, She was able to feel how the women felt in the story.
Survival of Women in Berlin
Very thought provoking. Helped me to relate to my family in Holland during WWII.