Narration AND plot are outstanding in this well written novel that provides a German woman's journey through WWII as she struggles with an unpopular and illegal (at the time) decision to support the underground movement of protecting Jews from the Nazis. A must listen!
Yes Yes Yes. This is amazing. The author controls the tension and suspense. It is almost unbearable to listen to.
Suzanne was amazing. Her skills stunning. Her expression and storytelling superb.
Yes but it is difficult to get the time. You need to listen to it in large chunks.
Wonderful, superb, gripping, terrifying and all so real.
How the clever plot unfolded itself to the listener.
Sigrid Schroeder.This women experienced every emotion with courage and tenacity.She is totally credible - a simple honest housewife thrown into a maelstrom of treachery against her will.
When Egon finally gives Sigrid an explanation for his abominable and ruthless treatment of his fellow Jewish compatriots. Up until this time I did not warm to this character but the vivid account of his experiences made me ask myself 'what would you have done if confronted with the choices and decisions he had to make to survive.
I would invite Caspar. I would like to have found out more about his character and how he felt as the story unfolded. For me, he was the sad victim of the current time. He lost everything that was dear to him in such a short space of time.
I was enthralled with this book. Having lived in Germany as a 'Schwiegertochter' I was able to empathize with Sigrid. However, I was slightly irritated when the storyteller was unable to pronounce some of the German place names. This might not be of importance to a listener who did not understand German well.
I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.
The twist and turns and the narrator did an excellent job.
She made that time seem so more real that you would not have received from reading. She did an excellent job with Sigrid's character.
Sigrid. The way she matured throughout the book in ways I did not expect.
Once started I could not stop until finished. This is a great listen. It didn't end as expected but ended great all the same.
Yes - bought this audio book by accident and thought OMG an audio !-but loved it and had it playing whilst driving long rides home from work and cooking meals - may have missed some small bits
Actually looked forward to long drive home at the end of a working day.
Just the different charactors and voices, emotions
don't know but would make a great movie
This book ranks #1 of all the audiobooks I have listened to so far. I couldn't wait to hear each chapter.
I loved the way the writer created multi-dimensional characters with an orginal story. A vivid account of WWII Berlin through the eyes of a fascinating woman. The novel's plot provides a terrific read while also displaying many aspects of life in Nazi Germany. Truly, no character is predictable.
Sigrid is a non-forgettable character who seems so real. Fantastic writing. I thought the author was a woman because Sigrid's feelings and emotions are so authentic. What a surprise to discover that the author was male.
All the characters were memorable.
Ms. Bertish's performance enhanced the book for me. If I had read the book, the German street names would have been distracting but Ms. Bertish's reading made them a integrated part of the story.
Yes I would recommend this audibook. The story was very intriguing and I found myself looking for reasons to prolong the times I was listening.
The ending was very moving.
The development of the main character was superb. Nothing felt jarring or unreal. I really identified with Frau Schroeder.
Say something about yourself!
When I saw the listing of Gilham's novel, I was unsure if I wanted to download it. However, the WWII buff in me was curious to hear a description of wartime Berlin from the perspective of ordinary people. I was not disappointed with the story and Suzanne Bertish's narration was absolutely superb. The depiction of the characters living under the stress of food shortages and Allied bombing is fantastic. For the history lover this is a great listen.
Yes. This is a gripping piece of work consisting of an intelligent dialogue between a set of strong, complex characters.
Its historic reference that paints a real life image of what life might have been like in a time and place that we as Americans are not typically exposed to in our traditional schooling.
Everything. A reader's range of volume is critical to me. Suzanne stays clear of the pitfall of one moment speaking so softly it is difficult to clearly hear what is being said, to another moment where the shouting makes you flinch. She also crosses gender roles very well. All this says nothing of an appropriate German accent.
There are too many to mention.
This was my first Audible experience. I am writing this review after listening to nearly a dozen other recordings. I was afraid to review this immediately after listening to the recording for not having any other reference point. This is also my first Audible review. I have come back to pen these comments with a sense of gratitude to David Gillham, who I still cannot believe has not been published prior to this novel, and to Suzanne Bertish for combining on a wonderfully creative experience. An experience that did exactly as it should: transport me temporarily from one place to the next with grace, style, and a means that opens my senses and invites my mind expand its knowledge. Thank you, both.
wow! what a great listen. I've read a number of books (both fiction and nonfiction) set during the WWII era, but this was far more "grittier" than most. Really peels back the layers and describes what ordinary Germans were confronted with during the Nazi regime. Great narration by someone who could do a German accent, too (or perhaps Ms Bertish is German). This is one of those books that is better listened to than read, due to the pronunciations of all of the German locations, etc. Highly recommend!