It is 1943 - the height of the Second World War. With the men taken by the army, Berlin has become a city of women. And while her husband fights on the Eastern Front, Sigrid Schröder is, for all intents and purposes, the model soldier's wife: She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime.
But behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman who dreams of her former Jewish lover, who is now lost in the chaos of the war.
Sigrid's tedious existence is turned upside down when she finds herself hiding a mother and her two young daughters - whom she believes might be her lover's family - and she must make terrifying choices that could cost her everything.
©2012 David R. Gillham (P)2012 Penguin Audio
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.
Gave a great sense of Berlin during the war, and the many ethical dilemmas and struggles faced by the characters in those times. Its a captivating story!
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.
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.
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