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The Orphan's Tale Audiobook

The Orphan's Tale

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Publisher's Summary

A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan's Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival.

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep. When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.

Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another - or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.

©2017 Pam Jenoff (P)2017 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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    BonSue 03-01-17
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    "WWII story told from a unique perspective"

    This is a fantastic story of self-sacrifice, loss, and love during World War II, told from the unique perspective of circus performers. The author did a great job of weaving together the stories of people who were considered outcasts of society for various reasons and how they pulled together to earn a living while enduring persecution and hiding a few Jewish comrades in plain sight of their enemies.

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    Really really really good! Many totally unpredictable parts! Great narration! So much emotion in the narration

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    "Similar story to the Nightengale"

    Great story, I wasn't sure about the circus theme at first, not a fan, but, the story won me over.

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    countrymom 03-03-17
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    Full of surprises until the last moment. We listen to 3-4 books a month and this was such a fresh story to hear, with less gore and sex and overall cursing than many of the others unnecessarily include.

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    F. Clauder Queensbury, New York USA 03-20-17
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    Terrific narration. Enjoyed thoroughly. I am a reading teacher and devour books, so you can trust my recommendation.

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    What a wonderful book! Twisting and turning, drawing you in with the characters! Remarkable and impactful!!

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    Takes awhile To get into story.. nice ending. Tremendous love in a time of great sadness.

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    Unforgettable story. It was a good rendition of those horrible war times from a different perspective.

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    Those of us who read the Jewish story of WWII acts of heroism will enjoy this and circus lovers will too.

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    Barbara San Mateo, CA 03-06-17
    Barbara San Mateo, CA 03-06-17 Member Since 2013

    I am a 70 year old woman, well educated, a former elementary school teacher and then a stay at home mom.. I like to knit and garden. I prefer books that are both entertaining and that I can learn from - about different cultures, geographic areas, time periods etc. I also like to read about characters that I can identify with.

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    I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't stop listening. I was sorry when it ended. I cried at the end

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