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Caging Skies

Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
3.5 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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An avid member of the Hitler Youth in 1940s Vienna, Johannes Betzler discovers his parents are hiding a Jewish girl named Elsa behind a false wall in their home. His initial horror turns to interest - then love and obsession. After his parents disappear, Johannes is the only one aware of Elsa's existence in the house and the only one responsible for her fate. 

By turns disturbing and blackly comic, Christine Leunens' captivating and masterful novel examines this world of truth and lies, laying bare the darkest corners of the human soul.

©2019 Christine Leunens (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Erik
  • WICHITA, KS, United States
  • 10-25-19

A long road that ends up nowhere

First third of the book is great. Good characters, good buildup. Second third starts to drag. Has a pretty good twist about halfway through, but then the plot starts to drag. Large chunks of time start flying by. Last third was pretty awful. Story was completely off the rails, repetitive, boring, unresolved. Quite a letdown for such a great start. Narrator is good but story not so much. I wouldn't recommend it. Maybe just go see the movie?

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A book with two separate personalities

I got this book because of the movie Jojo rabbit which was “inspired” buy this book. I was fully aware that that means it is not a movie about the book, just that the director took the ideas from the book and ran his own direction. That being said I read this in one sitting. It is a book with two distinct personalities. The first half takes it’s cue from “private lives of the master race“ but the second half turns into A drawn out vision of a dysfunctional relationship between two people that you don’t want to know. I’m not sure what the author was planning when she started this book but apparently she decided to take a sharp turn about halfway through and head in a different direction. I am not a literary critic by any means but the best interpretation I can give on the second half of this book is that it somehow represents post World War II Germany but other than that I found it relatively taxing to endure. I found the first half populated by way more interesting characters, but they are all gone before the second half. I am not sure who I would recommend this book to, I would recommend the first half of the book to World War II fiction fans, the second half to Jerry Springer fans. And by the way, The movie is based on the first half…

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This is horrible don't waste your time

It is like two books in one, the first half is a decent story of world war II, then the second half is pointless, if you must read, put the book down when the war ends you have read all you need of this novel.

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absorbed

I was totally absorbed. i didnt like the readers voices switching now and then but still enjoyed the book.

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Wanted to not believe all the other reviews but then I read it

The book was amazing in the first half and is worth reading just because of that. The second half seems forced and added on to make the story longer. Idk first half is so good tho.

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Hard to hear yet I couldn’t stop

I really enjoyed this book. I was often horrified with the treatment of Elsa always hoping for her freedom.

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