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Publisher's Summary

Amid the turbulence of World War II, a young German woman finds a precarious haven closer to the source of danger than she ever imagined - one that will propel her through the extremes of privilege and terror under Hitler's dictatorship.

In early 1943, Magda Ritter's parents send her to relatives in Bavaria, hoping to keep her safe from the Allied bombs strafing Berlin. Young German women are expected to do their duty - working for the Reich or marrying to produce strong, healthy children. After an interview with the civil service, Magda is assigned to the Berghof, Hitler's mountain retreat. Only after weeks of training does she learn her assignment: she will be one of several young women tasting the Führer's food, offering herself in sacrifice to keep him from being poisoned.

Perched high in the Bavarian Alps, the Berghof seems worlds away from the realities of battle. Though terrified at first, Magda gradually becomes used to her dangerous occupation - though she knows better than to voice her misgivings about the war. But her love for a conspirator within the SS and her growing awareness of the Reich's atrocities draw Magda into a plot that will test her wits and loyalty in a quest for safety, freedom, and, ultimately, vengeance.

Vividly written and ambitious in scope, The Taster examines the harrowing moral dilemmas of war in an emotional story filled with acts of extraordinary courage.

©2018 V.S. Alexander (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A MUST READ!!!!!

OMG!!!! The Taster should be mandatory reading for every person today. This book does a phenomenal job of showing what can happen when people are complacent and desperate. Even good people can be misguided and do horrific things and with the right tools evil can be brought out of almost anybody. V.S. Alexander really brings the reader into the mindset of 1940s Germany and shines light on how something as bad as the Holocaust came to be and could come again. This book changed how I look at the world and I hope I always have the guts to speak up when I see wrong in the world.

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Ridiculous

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Poeple who think it's OK to write a fluff novel based on the Anti-semitism of WW2

What could V. S. Alexander have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Gotten real? I can't believe how bad this book was. As far as basic story line, it was totally juvenile. As far as having this story line in this setting and time period? Borderline offensive.

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your time. Silly, inconsequential book.

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A star above mediocre, but the reader just 2 stars

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not this book. As far as audiobooks go if the narrator isn’t good it ruins the book.

Would you be willing to try another book from V. S. Alexander? Why or why not?

Perhaps with a different reader.

How could the performance have been better?

Carol Monda just couldn’t get the German accent to sound like a German accent. So many times it sounded like the character was grunting more than speaking. She only had one German accent for all characters

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Good story but I didn't like the narration.

The plot moves at a good pace and has several compelling moments. At times though, there are sudden jumps in the character conflict that made me feel as if I had accidentally fast-forwarded through a chapter. I think I would have liked this book more if I had read instead of listened to it. The narrator's voice is raspy and grated on my ears.

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A riveting story of human tragedy and survival.

This book truly captures a story of people caught in a deadly time in history.

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Captivating

Unlike a few other reviewers I found the narration to be very good. I read WWII often. This was a great story of a servant working as a poison taste tester for Hitler and others in leadership positions.

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The Taster

Very well done, held my attention from beginning to end.The story was well constructed, the many twist and turns of the story were well written.THE CHARACTERS CAME TO LIFE with each chapter ,great narrator!. Loved it!!!

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Well written and thought provoking

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

Yes, if they were interested in a different perspective on the life of Hitler through the eyes of the woman who tasted his food.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cook

Which character – as performed by Carol Monda – was your favorite?

Cook

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The Taster

Very good read. It was hard to put down. I had read books about Hitler He was a mad man the devil lived in him. What happened in those years should never happen again. The Americans saved Germany. As I listen to this novel it sounded so real. I will indeed listen to another of the author’s books. You will not be disappointed