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Dutch Girl

Audrey Hepburn and World War II
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Twenty-five years after her passing, Audrey Hepburn remains the most beloved of all Hollywood stars, known as much for her role as UNICEF ambassador as for films like Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany's. Several biographies have chronicled her stardom, but none has covered her intense experiences through five years of Nazi occupation in the Netherlands. According to her son, Luca Dotti, "The war made my mother who she was."

Audrey Hepburn's war included participation in the Dutch Resistance, working as a doctor's assistant during the "Bridge Too Far" battle of Arnhem, the brutal execution of her uncle, and the ordeal of the Hunger Winter of 1944. She also had to contend with the fact that her father was a Nazi agent and her mother was pro-Nazi for the first two years of the occupation. But the war years also brought triumphs as Audrey became Arnhem's most famous young ballerina.

Audrey's own reminiscences, new interviews with people who knew her in the war, wartime diaries, and research in classified Dutch archives shed light on the riveting, untold story of Audrey Hepburn under fire in World War II.

Also included is a section of color and black-and-white photos. Many of these images are from Audrey's personal collection and are published here for the first time. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Robert Matzen (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A very good World War II story

I find her Dutch past so very interesting. Her mother and father’s Nazi involvement was very surprising. You couldn’t help but feel sorry for her for having such a mother. I think the author did a very good job of describing the dutch occupation and the horrors of war.

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War

This book gave us a glimpse into Audrey Hepburn’s youth and how it affected her in her adulthood. It was often sad and horrifying. It showed how war can affect one years after the experience. Also can everyday bravery can carry you thru.

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not what I expected 😔

this is mostly about the war not about Audrey Hepburn. it was tedious and boring.

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Just terrible

The story is filler - long complicated names and places that do not move the story forward. This story is at best a dragged out magazine article or poor undergraduate thesis.

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Wow

This is an amazing eye opening book that'll maybe help ones understand how war is heartbreaking,not just for the ones who fight but all. I can understand why she got involved in helping so much in her later years. This book is wow!!!

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I thought I knew her

There was so much here about Audrey Hepburn that I had never before learned. I knew she was a dancer but not that she was so passionate about dance. That she was born the same year and close to Anne Frank was also a surprise. The war years were terrible to her an yet she survived. What an elegant lady she turned out to be.

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Loved it

I can't stop talking about it! I've been keeping my S/O informed about the whole thing! I can't believe all of the obstacles she overcame and still managed to maintain her humility.

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everything you never knew about Audrey Hepburn<br />

compelling story of Audrey Hepburn's war years in Holland. Everything you never knew about her.

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What a life

Such a clear picture of a lifetime of ups and downs but one who chose to comfort the hurting.

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Never knew this part of Audrey Hepburn's life.

Very interesting and compelling story. Gives a great insight into pre war Europe and the occupation. Shows the effects of the war in ways you wouldn't imagine.