• Sisters of Night and Fog

  • A WWII Novel
  • By: Erika Robuck
  • Narrated by: Caroline Hewitt
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (146 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by BuzzFeed · BookBub · BookTrib · and more!

Two women, two countries. Nothing in common but a call to fight.

A heart-stopping new novel based on the extraordinary true stories of an American socialite and a British secret agent whose stunning acts of courage collide in the darkest hours of World War II.

1940. In a world newly burning with war, and in spite of her American family’s wishes, Virginia d’Albert-Lake decides to stay in occupied France with her French husband. She’s sure that if they keep their heads down, they’ll survive. But is surviving enough?

Nineteen-year-old Violette Szabo has seen the Nazis’ evil up close and is desperate to fight them. But when she meets the man who’ll change her life only for tragedy to strike, Violette’s adrift. Until she enters the radar of Britain’s secret war organization - the Special Operations Executive - and a new fire is lit in her as she decides just how much she’s willing to risk to enlist.

As Virginia and Violette navigate resistance, their clandestine deeds come to a staggering halt when they are brought together at Ravensbrück concentration camp.

The decisions they make will change their lives, and the world, forever.

©2022 Erika Robuck (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Violette and Virginia are two women whose stories needed to be told, particularly now that most of the people who fought in WWII are gone. Robuck has done their memory great honor." —BookPage (starred review)

"Following her triumph The Invisible Woman, Erika Robuck returns with an even more powerful book.  Inspired by true stories, this incredible book tells of American Virginia and Violette, each swept up in the current of World War II and forced to choose whether to risk everything for the things in which she believes.  Their lives collide in powerful and irrevocable ways that will hold readers spellbound… Sisters of Night and Fog stands head and shoulders above for its meticulous research, heart pounding storytelling, compelling relationships and important message. Bravo!" —Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman with the Blue Star 

"A novel of duty, sacrifice, fate, and hope, set in a world steeped in courage and madness. Searing, powerful, and told through the lens of two overlooked historical figures who gave up nearly everything to fight against tyranny in one of the 20th century’s darkest hours, Erika Robuck's Sisters of Night and Fog soars. Two women—connected at the outset by fate, chance and little else—hurtle toward a tragic date with destiny in the infamous Ravensbruck Concentration Camp, where prisoners are starved and tortured, and not all will make it out alive. Based very closely on the true stories of two incredible 20th century women in the shadows, who risked their lives to save others, this novel, devastating in its truth and power, will break your heart and stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page." —Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names and The Forest of Vanishing Stars

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Extraordinary

Erika Robuck surpasses herself with this book. A wonderful and gripping story of dedication and ‘courage,’ it is extensively researched and, in the end, we are assured that it was carefully written from factual events and history. Stunning.
Very ably narrated with discernible character voices of many accents, the narrator brings pathos, tenderness, and ferocity to bring this excellent story to light.

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narrator failure

could not stand the narrators voices for the charcters... so fake and annoying. I couldnt get through the first hour

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A Tale of Heroes

loved it. An excellent story of women who bravely battled Nazi occupiers in France

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A wonderful read and a wonderful pairing of two very brave women.

This audible book was especially good. They reader was excellent and the subject matter was well presented.

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Great story

I love historical novels based on real events and this one was well done. Very good narrator and story kept my interest throughout .

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Amazing

Absolutely one of the best books I have listened to in a very long time. The story and the telling are spot on and I finished in tears. These women are true hero’s and deserve the accolades and the beautiful story telling. Viollette my heavens. What an amazing human.

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A story of courage

I don't know why I fell into the stories of the woman of WWII in occupied France. This story is based on real people with real courage. You will laugh and you will cry, but you will be proud of what these women did for freedom.

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So compelling, a must read!

Such a well written incredible story of self sacrifice and courage. While creative liberties were taken for the sake of a novel the very real characters make such an impression. I am thankful to have been introduced to these hero’s of history!

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mesmerizing

beautiful, that's all I can say. the characters came to life for me. I walked longer each day, so I could keep listening.

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A lot of people owe their lives to these 2 women

We will never know this side of heaven the people and their families who owe their very lives to violette and
Virginia. My only criticism was the book was a little too long and I wish I had listened to the ABRIDGED version. The. First part of the novel seemed to go on and on and on. I almost returned the book but glad I didn’t . Violette especially was fierce and nothing would stop her. I learned a lot about the French resistance. And the extent of man’s cruelty to man knows no boundary. Thank you ms roebuck for this heart felt book

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