• Goodbye to Budapest

  • A Novel of the Hungarian Uprising
  • By: Margarita Morris
  • Narrated by: Samantha Desz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Goodbye to Budapest

By: Margarita Morris
Narrated by: Samantha Desz
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Publisher's Summary

Family and freedom. It's worth fighting for what really matters.

Budapest, 1952. When Katalin and her father, Márton, are woken by the ringing of the doorbell in the dead of night, it can mean only one thing. The Secret Police have come to arrest him on charges of subversion. But Katalin knows her father is innocent.

In a communist society where ordinary people live in fear of the dreaded Secret Police, suspicion and betrayal are rife. While Márton endures the injustice of being wrongly accused, Katalin must find out who among her friends and acquaintances she can truly trust.

But there is a glimmer of hope in the darkness. The death of Stalin is a spark that ignites a fuse. For the first time it seems that change is possible.

In October 1956, a student-led demonstration soon turns into a bloody battle to overthrow the hated communist regime. Confronted by Soviet tanks, young and old take to the streets, armed with Molotov cocktails, bravery, and cunning.

Katalin and those she loves must fight for freedom. They must fight to survive.

Packed with authentic historical details, Goodbye to Budapest is a panoramic novel of courage, sacrifice, and the indomitable human quest for freedom.

©2019 Margarita Morris (P)2020 Tantor

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Interesting concept, quite unsophisticated writing

The story, from several points of view, has a great premise, and the performance is well done, but I had to stop because the author seemed not to have edited her work to remove the redundancies or the explanations of what any reader would gather on their own. Frustrating in its over-description. The last straw after too many bouts of sloppy writing was when the author described the prisoner finishing his meager meal and licking the bowl “with his tongue”. Excuse me, but that’s just bad writing - what else will he lick it with? Edit more please. Probably won’t pursue more of this author. How does this level of writing actually get published?

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Superbly written, well narrated

If you want to factually and emotionally experience what it was like to live in Hungary before, during and after the 1956 uprising, read this book. It is superbly written, with all the characters, including those with minor roles, so well developed that you feel you know them intimately. Sometimes you dread to go back to reading, knowing bad things are going to happen, but you just can’t let it go, because you are so emotionally invested in their plight. The narrator is excellent as well, with clarity and a right amount of emotion.

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captivating

was most enjoyable as it flowed easily from one sentence to the next. could put it down.

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Can’t finish it.

Just goes on and on about trivial things that I have no interest in. The beginning sins of the father and his daughter were good and his time in the labor camp, but after that, I’m just not really attached to the story.

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  • Ankie
  • 12-04-21

Goodbye to Budapest

I like the voice in perfect English with, as far as I can judge, the right Hungarian pronunciation where needed.
Anyone who loves Budapest and Hungary the way I do should listen to this story.
It’s very interesting history.

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  • Trisha
  • 08-04-21

Well researched and well narrated.

A well written story which prompted me to read the actual events which I had not fully grasped previously. The narrator is very good and keeps the story flowing. I hope to read or listen to other novels from this author having read Oranges for Christmas before this one. Both are captivating.

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  • liliana
  • 05-31-21

A lesson from the past

I'm highly subjective by rating this book a 5 star because I come from a former communist party. The horrible practices of the Soviet Union are well known and this is not the first book I read about this. And yet everytime there's a story about fighting and escaping communism, I always ask myself "how can man be so cruel to one another?!'. Goodbye to Budapest is, to me, a book about hope. I've visited the beautiful city of Budapest and learned about its 1956 history while walking the streets, seeing the cinema, the former TV station, AVO HQ (a dark building even today).
so many people had to flee their homes, their country, to leave behind a rich and wonderful heritage.
my only hope is that by having these books around, we might learn from the past and never repeat those mistakes. that we will not let a cruel minority take charge and change the lives of millions.
I highly recommend this book after you've also read The Iron Curtain by Anne Applebaum and Matei, Brunul by Lucian Dan Teodorovici.

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  • 09-13-20

Very well researched plot. Characters are strong

I really enjoyed this audio book. I have also purchased the physical book.

The narrator does an amazing job of capturing the emotion of the events which the author has masterfully written.