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  • The Lyon Affair

  • The Indigo Rebels, Book 2
  • By: Ellie Midwood
  • Narrated by: John B Leen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

A tentative partnership created to fight against the common enemy, where the secrets of their pasts lead to disaster, and a betrayal of one may become a death sentence for all. An unlikely hero...a cunning villain...one Resistance cell. One traitor in their midst. When the Gestapo are closing in, and there’s nowhere else to run, one will make a decision that could change everything. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling WWII thriller

  • By Ron on 03-21-19

Compelling WWII thriller

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-19

If you’re a fan of WWII thrillers and have an interest in the French Resistance and their actions, you’ll enjoy this audiobook. It’s obviously meticulously researched - I recognized a few familiar names including Jean Moulin and some of the events that took place in occupied France (the student march, for instance, was a real event, during which the fictional sub-prefect almost got arrested). I found the setting of war-torn France to be authentic and true to fact. My only criticism is that the narrator spoke a bit too fast at times, but it’s a minor thing that can easily be fixed in one’s settings. Apart from that, he did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life. The final few scenes with the interrogation and the heroism of the main female character were particularly filled with tension.

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  • A Motherland's Daughter, a Fatherland's Son

  • A WWII Novel
  • By: Ellie Midwood
  • Narrated by: Kylie Stewart, Eric Rolon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

On the border of this newly divided territory, a young Wehrmacht Unteroffizier, Werner, and a Soviet military interpreter, Kira, meet and fall in love against all odds. Both forced into the military against their will, they wish for one thing only - a peaceful life together. Everything is set for Kira to defect and marry Werner...but the German army invades the Soviet Union, and now the two lovers are forced to fight against each other on the opposite sides of the frontline. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a Soul-Gripping Book!

  • By Kindle Customer49 on 01-29-19

A story that needed to be told

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-18

This is the most beautifully written anti-war novel I have recently come across. Make no mistake, the war is there, in every chapter, devastating, raw, and painfully real, but it opposes something much stronger than death itself, which surrounds our two heroes - love. It's not a love story and it is. It reminded me of Remarque and his writing a lot. It's also a reminder of how each of us can turn into an animal under the right circumstances. Both main characters are extremely strong people and I must admit, my admiration for Kira, a female sniper on the frontline, grew with every passing chapter. What is also important about this novel is that it's presented through the eyes of two ordinary people, a young German man and a Soviet girl, who didn't want to have anything to do with war yet found themselves on the opposing sides of the frontline. The amount of research that went into this novel is astonishing. Russian and German expressions dotted throughout the narration only added authenticity to an already splendid story. Also, I loved that there were two narrators and not one. Most enjoyable audiobook!

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  • The Austrian: A War Criminal's Story

  • By: Ellie Midwood
  • Narrated by: Jonathan M. Matthews
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
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    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

 What is going through the mind of a war criminal, tried by the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg? Regret for his atrocious actions? Frantic desire to defend himself to the end? Desperate longing to be forgiven by his former enemies or craving of human kindness, even though he knows that he doesn’t deserve any… And the strongest of all, the fear to never again see the one, who he risked everything for, the only woman that he still continues to live for.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Important Book

  • By Kindle Customer49 on 01-29-19

Historical fiction at its finest!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-18

A very well-written and well-researched historical novel brought to life by a great narrator. It’s almost inconceivable at times how easy it is for an ordinary person to fall under hateful rhetoric and propaganda. Particularly relevant today. Kaltenbrunner, the last Chief of the RSHA, has always been a personal enigma for me and I’m glad I picked up this audiobook as it showed a very different, personal side of him. Nuremberg trials were fabulously presented as well! Enjoyed it very much. Thank you.

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  • Emilia

  • By: Ellie Midwood
  • Narrated by: Sofia Willingham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
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    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

This story is dedicated to all the victims of sexual slavery in German concentration camps, who had to endure inhumane suffering under the Nazi regime. For many years after the atrocities had been committed, both sides - the abusers and the abused - still vehemently denied certain aspects of the Holocaust, and even the victims refused to admit the ugly truth about their incarceration, some out of fear, some out of shame, until several women decided to break an unofficial oath of silence, and brought their stories to life. This book is based on one of those stories. Emilia is a young Jewish woman, whose life slowly turns into a nightmare as she finds herself facing a dreadful choice: to secure her family's very existence by offering herself to one of the men who had put her behind the walls with barbed wire, or perish together with the least fortunate ones. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Horro, Fascination, and Compassion

  • By Kindle Customer49 on 01-28-19

Powerful and haunting!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-18

I couldn't get enough of this story even though it was difficult to listen to certain parts of it. It's not overly graphic but graphic enough to paint a picture of the atrocities that were happening in most of the camps and ghettos, and which are still unfortunately dismissed as fiction by some people. Emilia's character is incredibly real; the others - deep and complex, even the perpetrators themselves. The atmosphere felt so real, I was actually there, even though I wish I wasn't. Another thing that I enjoyed tremendously was the "Liberation" part, which deals with Europe that is picking up pieces after the war and, just like the others, Emilia tries to come to terms with her past and find her place in this new world. Incredibly powerful and haunting, this story is brilliantly written and narrated! Thank you.

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  • The Indigo Rebels

  • By: Ellie Midwood
  • Narrated by: Becky Boyd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

France, 1940 - The German army has marched into Paris. Three siblings, three very different people leading very different lives, find themselves face-to-face with new occupants of their city, and neither of them can guess what the occupation has in store for them, and how it will change their lives. Giselle Legrand, a renowned novelist and a socialite, encounters an unannounced guest in her apartment - a newly arrived chief of the Gestapo, Sturmbannführer Dr. Karl Wünsche, who is intended to billet there and who soon starts making unwelcome changes in Giselle's lifestyle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bravo!

  • By Kindle Customer49 on 01-28-19

If you're a history buff like me, you'll love it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-18

This audiobook is a treat for all fans of historical fiction genre. A bit slow-paced in the beginning, it concentrates on character development of three main protagonists, following their paths as the German Army takes over their country, then - city, then - their very lives. The story is so fascinating because it’s told from a point of view from an insider - you actually feel like you’re living one of the sibling’s life and asking yourself a question time after time: what would I do in their place? Would I resist or collaborate? And what do I make of these Germans, who now lodge in my house? On the surface, WW2 history is black and white; “The Indigo Rebels” reveals all shades of gray, both among French people and the German occupants. The narrator did a wonderful job of bringing them all to life. If you’re a history buff like me, you’ll love it.

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