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Publisher's Summary

At one time, Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that she had a story to tell. For the first 50 years of her life, nothing out of the ordinary ever happened to her. She was a spinster watchmaker living contentedly with her sister and their elderly father in the tiny house over their shop in Haarlem. Their uneventful days, as regulated as their own watches, revolved around their abiding love for one another.

But with the Nazi invasion and occupation of Holland, everything changed. Corrie ten Boom and her family became leaders in the Dutch underground, hiding Jewish people in their home in a specially built room and aiding their escape from the Nazis. For their pains, all but Corrie found death in a concentration camp.

Here is a story aglow with the glory of God and the courage of a quiet Christian whose life was transformed by it.

©1971 Corrie ten Boom and John and Elizabeth Sherrill (P)1993 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Wanda McCaddon does great credit to the writers of this true story. Her emotional control makes the tension and horror of the family’s plight more real and hideous. The listener is left with a story of extraordinary humanity, goodness and overwhelming love." (AudioFile)

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Inspiring

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For me this was a difficult book to listen to. It is hard to say that a book about the cold and callous abuse suffered in prison and a concentration camp was wonderful. But, this book was just that, wonderful. I found myself horrified by much of this story of faith, family and survival. Carrie and her family set the standard of living their faith in love very high. The book is especially good because Carrie tells the reader so much about herself and the life she and her family lived before the war involved Holland. It made me feel I knew them and how they would cope and rise to any challenge presented. The best thing about the book was that it was an overview of a whole life. It wasn't just one awful phase plucked out of a life and told out of context. At the end I felt I understood the ten Boom family and their faith and rock like belief in prayer and God's love and abiding protection. Somehow this book was able to flesh out the true horror of WWII. It left me wondering about the stark contrast between the hate filled invaders and collaborators capable of such atrocities and the simple kindness and love exhibited by people like the ten Boom's. Carrie seems to have written the book as a challenge to others to choose to live a life of forgiveness, love and peace. Very inspiring.

47 of 50 people found this review helpful

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Inspirational

What did you love best about The Hiding Place?

I read this book in high school....many, many years behind me now, and to listen to this book just made me rekindle that forgiveness, love and understanding of God is all in His time. When our flesh can't do it God gives us the strength to put our hand out. Corrie and her sister Betsy were extraordinary women, I loved her story, How they conquered their time in a horrible place, always going forth with HOPE and FAITH. I will re-listen to this book over and over again.

What did you like best about this story?

The way I could "feel" every situation the narrator painted the picture excellent.

Which character – as performed by Wanda McCaddon – was your favorite?

Hard to choose

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 08-04-14

Humble, Quiet, Active FAITH

Although this book has been around for many, many years, I had never actually read it. I had heard quotes from it, little snippets of it, but the book in it's entirely is so much more. And very different than I expected. I cannot begin to tell how "The Hiding Place" blessed me as I listened. Although it is a wonderful story of a Christian family helping and hiding Jews during WWII, the foundation of the book begins many years prior to the war in the home and town of a humble watchmaker. A watchmaker who "forgets" to bill his customers, who takes pleasure in his daily work, who loves his family, and who passes down to them the treasures of God's knowledge that will sustain them in the years to come. It is with a quiet courage that this family eventually answers the call to help their Jewish friends and neighbors. The work that Corrie ten Boom continued following the war is also miraculous and something that isn't as commonly spoken of. Instead of being BITTER, she chose to become even BETTER, following her imprisonment. She chose Jesus. She chose to serve. I cannot recommend this book enough. It will bless you beyond measure.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharon
  • Bloomfield Hills, MI, United States
  • 11-14-12

Must Read for Everyone!

What made the experience of listening to The Hiding Place the most enjoyable?

I liked the accents, and they were not difficult to understand. Helped me feel like I was there.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cory, of course! She's was just an amazing person. So much courage!

Have you listened to any of Wanda McCaddon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this very much. I'd heard many times that this was a good book, but never had time to read it. I'm thankful for Audible that I finally was able to have it read to me! I found it very educational too. The graphic descriptions made me feel like I was there witnessing everything Cory was seeing.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Awesome & Thought Provoking. Emotional Read

What an awesome book. This book really made me look at my life and wonder if I could be as strong a person as Corrie was … and this is not a fiction account of a life. It is a real life. Corrie and her entire family faced the absolutely worst that a family could face and they came out winners for His kingdom. This book portrays Corrie and her family as real people, faults and all, and tells how they overcame. It clearly demonstrates and tells of God’s holding us in the very palm of His hand and how He gives us His strength when it’s needed. The author of this book made this Dutch family step out of its pages and step right into our hearts.

Even if you have read this book in the past, it is always worth reading again. That’s one of the biggest compliments I can give a book because I rarely read a book more than once and this one has met that mark. Thanks to the authors for this magnificent read.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Christina
  • Bellevue, WA United States
  • 11-29-12

My new guilty pleasure

What did you love best about The Hiding Place?

The story is so improbable it could only be true: an elderly spinster watchmaker becomes a leader in the Dutch underground of World War 2.

What did you like best about this story?

The richness of the characters and their deep faith in God drew me in.

What does Wanda McCaddon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator's lovely accent helped transport me to Dutch Harlem. The names of people and places roll off her tongue so easily; if I was reading the book myself I'd have to stop and think about each one.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I've had to ration myself to listen to this book on my commute, but it's definitely changed my perspective about the drive. I eagerly anticipate when I can get into to the car and immerse myself in The Hiding Place. I'm more excited to get back to the book than I am to get home.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Charmed by words and voice

What did you love best about The Hiding Place?

Looking back on her life growing up with her parents and the Tantas. The love and warmth and candor of that time was very heartwarming and relatable....I listened to the early time several times for its nostalgia.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Corrie was my favorite because she was so human and someone I could relate to......not so faith driven that she was saintly.

What does Wanda McCaddon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her voice just lulls me...the way she spoke the name corrie was magical to my ears...I know these characters because their personalities where painted with soft strokes of vocal sounds and tones, pitches and speech patterns.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the family had the argument because nollie's daughter couldn't lie to the Gestapo....when Corrie was chiming in with her reasoning, it sounded very life-like....

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I believe this was a story of great substance and the value was realized based on the talent of the story teller....she truly made the book come to life,

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Compelling and inspiring story.

Corrie's story is truly amazing. I had read "The Hiding Place" three times previously but due to visual problems am now a listener. I listen to books while walking and my walk were longer than usual while listening to "The Hiding Place." The shining faith and dedication of the Ten Booms in the face of Nazi horrors will inspire all. I enjoyed this narrator better than most I've listened to so far.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic. The illustration of many miracles.

My wife recommended this book to me years ago and I somehow didn't read it then. Too bad I waited so long for this treat. What a fantastic story. The faith of the people in this book is amazing and beautiful. I came away from this with so many reminders of how blessed the children of God are. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. The narrator did an excellent job. Definitely one to have in every home.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Nollie wins

If you could sum up The Hiding Place in three words, what would they be?

Inspiring, comforting, frightening

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nollie ten Boom, Corrie's sister.

What does Wanda McCaddon bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

Her lovely voice. I'm dsylexic.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me want the walk of faith in Jesus that Corrie and her family had.

Any additional comments?

It's easier to tell the truth when it will cost you just your life. But when it could cost others theirs? Yet Jesus is supposed to be Truth. Fascinating book. I was struck with Corrie's sister Nollie. She didn't lie.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Tazzie
  • 11-05-17

Brilliant. A Beautiful and Compelling Story.

This book moved me. God is always faithful. True women of faith. Would definitely recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-17

Truly inspiring

An immensely moving first hand account of Corrie and her family's second world war experience. Such a powerful tribute to all those who survived at the hands of the Nazis in their concentration camps. I cannot recommend this book more highly!

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  • Lois
  • 10-31-16

A true disciple of our Lord and Saviour

For lack of a better Christian word, I was "spellbound" at the reading of this book. I was born 10 years after the war that shaped this remarkable woman and her family. She was extraordinary before her capture but her achievements cannot all be contained in books alone. My mother, though never meeting her, was one of her biggest admirers. My mother herself suffered many struggles in her life of heartbreak and betrayal but she took courage from Corrie Ten Boom's story. One day I will bow at her feet to pay homage to this lady, one of God's generals, in the presence of God and His holy angels and will meet these dear saints who paid such a price for the good of others. The reading was excellently delivered. Thank you'