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The Butterfly and the Violin Audiobook

The Butterfly and the Violin: A Hidden Masterpiece Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Manhattan art dealer Sera James watched her world crumble at the altar two years ago, and her heart is still fragile. Her desire for distraction reignites a passion for a mysterious portrait she first saw as a young girl-a painting of a young violinist with piercing blue eyes. In her search for the painting, Sera crosses paths with William Hanover - the grandson of a wealthy California real estate mogul - who may be the key to uncovering the hidden masterpiece. Together Sera and William slowly unravel the story behind the painting's subject: Austrian violinist Adele Von Bron.

A darling of the Austrian aristocracy of 1942, talented violinist, and daughter to a high-ranking member of the Third Reich, Adele risks everything when she begins smuggling Jews out of Vienna. In a heartbeat, her life of prosperity and privilege dissolves into a world of starvation and barbed wire. As Sera untangles the secrets behind the painting, she finds beauty in the most unlikely of places: the grim camps of Auschwitz and the inner recesses of her own troubled heart.

©2014 Kristy Cambron (P)2015 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Cambron vividly recounts interwoven sagas of heartache and recovery through courage, love, art, and faith." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Compute 06-03-16
    Compute 06-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Better than Outstanding!"

    Rarely do I give a book 5 stars, but this one definitely deserves it. The author has the incredible ability to take a horrible time in history, write about lives and love lost, and yet make us smile at the end of the book. This book was incredible in my opinion. I loved it. The character development made each person come to life and helped us either love or hate what was happening. Adele's strength, trials and ability to overcome are amazing. I highly recommend this book!

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    wifey :) 08-09-17
    wifey :) 08-09-17
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    "A Powerful Masterpiece"

    I'm not a fan of non-fiction. But this book reads like fiction. 2 lives are changed by the horror of WWII & do what they can to help others. This book has a present & past tense to it. 2 present day ppl are searching for 2 lives in the past. Through the horrors of Auschwitz, all characters' lives have changed. The author doesn't go into excruciating details..but enough to show the suffering & horror of prison camps. Narration couldn't be better! Different tones & accents for ea. character. I don't take time to leave reviews unless a book touches me. This's an audio I'll listen to again & again. Reminds me of 'Auschwitz' by Joel Rosenburgh.. but not as detailed that you get bogged down. An excellent, inspiring audio worth every penny. 10 out of 5 stars in every catagory!

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    Happy 05-01-17
    Happy 05-01-17
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    "Boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I expected so much more! I guess as a lover of history - this was way too lite.
    I only listened to a little bit - way more than I wanted because I was on the highway stuck.


    What was most disappointing about Kristy Cambron’s story?

    I only listened to a bit - but it was so boring. I love history but it was so shallow.


    Any additional comments?

    I am different - I love books with many plots and mystery.

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    Zelma 04-24-17
    Zelma 04-24-17
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    "so good"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Butterfly and the Violin to be better than the print version?

    yes, it's great to do my 5 mile walks and listen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Adele, What she had to endure during the war


    What about Carrington MacDuffie’s performance did you like?

    very lovely I enjoyed


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I just love the title of the book anything is good


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    Vicki E. Phillips 09-18-16
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    "wonderful!"

    I've read at least 6 historical Christian friction in the last 6 mo... all OK or good but this has 2 stories,lots of history and just enough romance without ruining the story.all the while,weaving Gods love threw the whole thing. BRAVO! thank you!!!

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 02-24-16
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 02-24-16 Member Since 2013
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    "God in the Valley of Death"

    The historically accurate though fictional tale of The Butterfly and the Violin takes the listener on a harrowing trip from aristocratic Austria, where Adele is the darling of society and the daughter of a high ranking Nazi officer . . . she plays violin with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra where she meets Vladimir Nicolai, a talented musician from a very humble background, and not a fitting match for Adele (in the eyes of Adele's parents) . . . many of her parents' ideas and beliefs are coming into conflict for Adele, as WWII and Hitler's polices come to light . . . most of all the treatment and imprisonment of the Jewish people . . . as Adele tests the tenants of Nazi Germany's government against her Christian faith, she makes choices that eventually send her to the Auschwitz death camps . . . the book with a dual time line and story also has Sera James, Manhattan art dealer/gallery owner and William Hanover, California businessman in search of the painting of Adele some 70 years later . . . both stories are tied together well, and linked in unexpected ways . . . filled with faith and love, a testament to our God, who has promised to walk with us, even through the Valley of the Shadow of Death . . .

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    JM 01-11-16
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    "Sweet Story"

    I enjoyed this book. I liked jumping back and forth between the two stories, and I appreciated listening to a sweet, clean romance, that gives honor to God.

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    DEBRA NEW PROVIDENCE, PA, United States 01-10-16
    DEBRA NEW PROVIDENCE, PA, United States 01-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "WONDERFUL, LOVED EVERY MINUTE"
    Where does The Butterfly and the Violin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This will be a favorite of mine and I will tell others if they want a beautiful heartwarming story of love, bravery, and a faith that moves the heart. You will want to read this book. The author is gifted by God in her writing and it should become a movie. The narrator was incredible I just loved this story.


    Have you listened to any of Carrington MacDuffie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I listened to her and she held my attention I just wanted to hear the book all in one sitting. It was so good and she made the characters come to life for me. Thank you I will search for more of your books.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, for sure. You just have to find out what happens next and the ending is such a surprise how she pulled all the characters together and you could see God hand in all of their lives. It was so good.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book I will not forget and will listen to it again for sure.

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    Phyllis 08-29-15
    Phyllis 08-29-15 Member Since 2017
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    took some time to get into the story. I did not think the story was unusual.
    having said that there are sections in which writes to incite the imaginations

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    margaret 06-30-15
    margaret 06-30-15
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    "The book was binding!"

    Excellent story at a very strong and sad time in our history. The most excruciating fact is that now people are ignoring the facts that are recorded and dismissing
    them from history education. Do we want to squelch facts and dumb down our children?

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