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A Pledge of Silence

Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (428 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

2014 Winner - Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award - General Fiction

When Margie Bauer joins the Army Nurse Corps in 1941, she is delighted to be assigned to Manila - the Pearl of the Orient. Though rumors of war circulate, she feels safe - the island is fortified, the airbases are ample, and the Filipino troops are well-trained.

But on December 8, 1941, her dreamworld shatters. Captured by the invading Japanese, Margie ends up interned at Santa Tomas, an infamous prison camp. There, for the next three years, while enduring brutality and starvation, her bravery, resourcefulness, and faith are tested and her life forever changed.

At once an epic tale of a nation at war and the deeply personal story of one woman's journey through hell, A Pledge of Silence vividly illustrates the sacrifices the Greatest Generation made for their country, and the price they continued to pay long after the war was over.

©2015 Flora J. Solomon (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Wonderful story about a WW2 nurse!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in reading about a nurse in the Philippines during WW2. This book talks about the effects the war has on her and her family and friends. I also enjoyed the narration of this fascinating story.

What did you like best about this story?

The story of the nurse before, during, and after the war is the best part. Plus, I like the ending of the historical fiction novel and found it very satisfying throughout!

What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

Excellent performance!

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You won't be disappointed!

This is not the type of book I read. I got tired, quite a while ago, with boring romances, and have turned immediately to mysteries when looking for a book. I was ready for something different this time, so started skimming through all of them. I can't remember what exactly caught my eye, but I'm so glad this book did. Once I started reading it, and listening to it while in the car, I couldn't stop. Very well written and narrated!

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Best historical romance

Well written : best historical detailed novel I read in along time. Did not want it to end.

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Loved it!

This was a wonderful book. The insights to PTSD were spot on and the story was informing and interesting. I would highly recommend this book! It's in my top five.

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This narrator portrays women as weak & frantic.

I tried to like this book because the story is interesting but the narrator's panicked, breathy interpretation of female characters is too degrading. Whenever a woman is in a challenging situation the narrator blows out the most dramatic and helpless voice she can muster. She has a nice voice for the main narration of the story but her over-acting of the characters is distracting. This is an audio book. When I read a book I do imagine a small change in voice for characters but she's trying to turn it in to a soap opera. Her deep male characters are disturbing. She tries too hard and it turns out offensive. I've listened to audio books recorded by famous actors/actresses that do not over-act this way. I wonder if the writer intended to have a breathy, weak, pathetic female antagonist, I doubt it. From now on, I will avoid all books with this narrator. It prevents the listener from appreciating the story when she pushes air out of her lungs harshly to get that helpless breathy tone. I just want to stop the audio so she can catch her breath.

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A dreary tale

Boring. Predictable. Some detailed descriptions that are completely out of character, e.g the detailed medical procedures, a result of some background research that was left in the story without any concern for relevance.
The narrator should rather just read the book and forget about assigning "voices" to the characters.

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Excellence in writing!

Read with tissue and plenty of time. Thank you for sharing your heroic story. It was hard to put down.

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Not just Another WWII Romance

A Pledge of Silence addresses problems seemingly common to every war, but never discussed in the 1940s and '50s when the WWII veterans were returning home.
Had PTSD been diagnosed and coined as a phrase that early? Rape by a superior officer is still hidden today for fear of reprisals, and shaming the victims.

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An excellent read!

I couldn’t put this audiobook away. I’m happy I decided to get the audiobook I wouldn’t have been able to read it through my tears. A great WWII story that brought us up to modern times.

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Highly recommend it

This was a well-done audiobook. I loved the story. Though I've read a lot of WWII stories, I've not read many (if any) set in the Pacific Theater and definitely not any about army nurses. I liked that the story spanned more than just the war years.