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Radio Underground

Narrated by: Alison Littman
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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After years of suffering under the communist regime in Cold War Hungary, Eszter Turján - fanatical underground journalist - would sacrifice anything, and anyone, to see the government fall. When she manipulates news broadcasts on Radio Free Europe, she ignites a vicious revolution, commits a calamitous murder, and is dragged away screaming to a secret underground prison.

Her daughter Dora, then a teenager, cowers in her bedroom as the secret police arrest her mother. Haunted and hurt, Dora vows to work against everything Eszter believes in. But, it’s not that simple. After nine years, Dora meets a strapping young fan of Radio Free Europe and is unwittingly drawn back into Eszter’s circle.

She finds her mother, driven mad by years of torture, is headed for death. On the brink of losing Eszter again, Dora must decide if she should risk her life to save the mother who discarded her - or leave it to fate.

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Great listen for clandestine radio lovers

I first came across Littman doing a reading at The Bindery near my home and became enraptured by the tone she brings her characters to life; I was delighted to learn that she also narrated the audio book. I’m not normally much for historical fiction, but maybe that’s because I’ve never really read any historical fiction this good before. Littman’s writing draws you in to a world of clandestine radio broadcast and wartime spy operations while her characters still seem human and avoids becoming a Clancy action adventure. Highly recommend listening to this on Audible.

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Captured from very first word

Wow!!! This audiobook is great. The author reads from different characters’ perspectives and you really feel like you’re in the dynamic, dangerous and intriguing world of Cold War Hungary. You’re going to want to just keep listening and listening!

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Bringing to life complicated and passionate young adults in the oppressive communist era of hungry

Ali Littman’s audiobook brings to life each character with meticulous detail and passion. The character of Mike speaking in his awkward English is amazingly portrayed by Littman. So many things and details that I didn’t catch reading the book were portrayed in the audiobook. It was a wonderful experience.