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Louise's War

Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
Series: A Louise Pearlie Mystery, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
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It's 1942. Louise Pearlie, a young widow, has come to Washington DC to work as a clerk for the legendary OSS, the precursor to the CIA. When, while filing, she discovers a document concerning the husband of a college friend, Rachel Bloch - a young French Jewish woman she is desperately worried about - Louise realizes she may be able to help get Rachel out of Vichy France. But then a colleague whose help Louise has enlisted is murdered, and she realizes she is on her own, unable to trust anyone.

©2011 Sarah R. Shaber (P)2017 Sarah R. Shaber

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The audio version of a page-turner!

Louise, a North Carolina widow with blue collar origins, works for a government agency in a time when nobody can really talk much about his or her job. It was also a time when women could be invisible enough to suss out important information and make things happen - if they can live with the danger, the possible consequences if discovered, and no credit whatsoever.

When Louise tries to get her dearest friend out of Nazi occupied France, she uncovers far more than she could have imagined.
The character list is widely varied and multi-racial and cultural. Though there is a lot of sexism and separatism that was usual for the 1940s in the US, we also see a burgeoning feminism and racial tolerance that I found very heartening. Ms. Hoops did a fine job with all her characters. Every voice was distinctive.

I had a hard time putting it down (or turning it off).

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Bit of romance bit of girl stuff lots of intrigue!

Let me say outright, at the beginning I felt like the narration was a bit stilted, some words almost computer-like - BUT that very soon passed and Louise's Story came to life and carried me along with it as the story unfolded 'page-by-page' with intrigue, wry observations on a woman's place in work and life in wartime America.
There author, Sarah R. Shaber, manages to touch on quite a number of subjects: religion, politics, chavanism, women's rights and dreams and does so without it feeling like she's trying to - the story naturally hits those challenges as Louise tries to figure out her work and private life, solve the mystery of the missing file, be a bit of a spy...
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy for an honest review. I can say I really enjoyed this book and found myself at the end, wondering what Louise and the people in her life would get up to next!

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cried at the end <3

This is just lovely. It's such an odd word to describe an audiobook but this was such a poignant story. I love how Shaber immerses you in the 1940's. She has a gift for putting you right there in the settings. I felt the frustration, the danger and even the relief and comfort that Louise went through. The sadness I felt about the refugee camps and the people detained there brought to mind what has gone on here in the US lately. The struggle Louise's best friend went through and THEN everything Louise went through to try and help her was heart touching. Shaber needs to keep writing. Seriously.

The narration by Jenny Hoops is perfect for these novels. It's so difficult for a narrator to do an authentic opposite gender voice and often they will go to extremes. Hoops uses a delicate touch to subtly change her voice for different characters. What I REALLY was thrilled about is that Hoops doesn't use stereotypical voices for people of color. Ugh, that is off-putting. Louise is portrayed as ladylike and Hoops captures that perfectly. I hope she continues to narrate the Louise Pearlie novels.

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  • Jan M
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  • 05-25-18

Great WWII Story

I was pulled into this book from the very beginning. I loved how the author wove the tale of friends on different continents during the war. The imagery in this story was so vivid. I thought the story showed the conditions and fears very realistically. The characters were well developed, and facing tremendous danger. The narrator did an awesome performance with this book with the right emotions and tension. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. Typically I listen to romance and mystery/thriller books. I found this story to have a great mix of that and history. This was time well spent listening. I would definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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  • 06-13-19

Excellent start to the series

Washington DC, WW2, women's-fiction, suspense

Can you call it a murder mystery if it takes most of the book before the murder is no longer called *a heart attack*? Louise works as a file clerk for a clandestine agency and discovered that the good friend from college is in danger from the Nazis in occupied France. Just after she passed information to her boss that would help her friend and her family, the man is found dead of an apparent heart attack and his office a mess. The file that would help her friend goes missing and the story gets progressively more interesting!
The story is well worth the read, but narrator Jenny Hoops makes it even more so!

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Intriguing Cozy Set During WWII

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

This is the first book in the Louise Pearlie series. It is set during WWII in Washington DC. Louise is a widow and has gotten a job as a clerk with the US govt. Through this job, she is privy to a lot of secrets. Her Jewish friend from college is living in Nazi occupied France. Louise comes upon some information which she believes will help her friend escape. She passes the file to her superior and soon thereafter, he is dead and the file is gone. Louise decides to investigate so she can help her friend.

I read the 4th book in this series - and so enjoyed it that I wanted to start from the beginning. I love the historical aspect of this series. It is also very interesting to see a woman - who is learning to stand up for herself - navigate her way through a very male-dominated workplace with the male-dominant thinking of the time. Especially intriguing, given the time period, is Lousie trying to determine who to trust and who is not quite what they seem. Louise lives in a bording house and the sub-story of the other borders, especially Joseph, was a lot of fun.

The narrator is absolutely perfect for this series - and her accents for the various characters were great.

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Amazing!!

Not a book I would normally listen to but I can't wait to listen to the others!! I listened to this book in one day! Couldn't put it down! The history was interesting, the characters had great backgrounds, and the sound was great!!

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a good world war 2 audiobook.

I liked Louise's war. it's a little laid back female detective series. she's shows great concern for best friend and her family. trying to make sure they don't go to a concentration camp. good ending

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Wonderful War II Mystery!

This is the first book in the Louise Pearlie Mystery Series but it stands alone. Louise works for the top secret office of Strategic Services. Her boss dies of a heart attack shortly after meeting with Louise. She had shown him an important file which would help her Jewish friend escape from the Nazis. He agreed to act upon it. However, the file was missing from his office after his attack. Only her coworkers could have taken it. Who? Louise is desperate to find the file.

This was a fascinating and fun mystery. This is the 2nd book I read of the series and I want to read all of them. Louise and her friends are interesting and fun. I look forward to getting to know them better in future books. I was gifted a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Louise’s War

A very interesting story line and very true for many Americans in the world war 2 time period. Kept me interested. The heroine was a smart and very crafty woman who allowed men as usual to take the credit for what she did. Would highly recommend

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  • Salter
  • 11-09-18

Enjoyable WW2 mystery...

When Louise stumbles upon some worrying information, she hatches a plan to try and get her friend, Rachel, out of occupied France. She soon realises that her good intentions have some big repercussions, and that shes uncovered much more than she could have imagined...
Sarah Shaber does a good job of describing and giving the feel of the 1940's, and the narrator (Jenny Hoops) seems very suited to the period and type of story being described..
Recommended.

I received this copy for free, in exchange for an honest review.

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