The Dutch Wife

Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
4 out of 5 stars (109 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the best-selling tradition of The Nightingale and Lilac Girls comes a sweeping story of love and survival during World War II.

Amsterdam, May 1943. As the tulips bloom and the Nazis tighten their grip across the city, the last signs of Dutch resistance are being swept away. Marijke de Graaf and her husband are arrested and deported to different concentration camps in Germany. Marijke is given a terrible choice: to suffer a slow death in the labor camp or - for a chance at survival - to join the camp brothel.

On the other side of the barbed wire, SS Officer Karl Müller arrives at the camp hoping to live up to his father’s expectations of wartime glory. When he encounters the newly arrived Marijke, this meeting changes their lives forever.

Woven into the narrative across space and time is Luciano Wagner’s ordeal in 1977 Buenos Aires, during the heat of the Argentine Dirty War. In his struggle to endure military captivity, he searches for ways to resist from a prison cell he may never leave.

From the Netherlands to Germany to Argentina, The Dutch Wife is a novel about the blurred lines between love and lust, abuse and resistance, and right and wrong. It is a harrowing and ultimately redemptive story about the capacity of ordinary people to persevere under extraordinary circumstances.

©2018 Ellen Keith (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Plotless, Pornographic, Pointless, and Refunded...

Remove the statements that it is like “Lilac Girls” or “The Nightingale.” That puts GREAT historical fiction in the garbage can with “The Dutch Wife,” because it can’t get any worse or more nauseating. It is a total loser of a book and belong in erotica.

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I, like another listener, was sick of it after chapter 9, but skipped through trying to find a purpose in the book. I came to the conclusion it’s trashy pornographer style writing, detailing just about everything than could have been done sexually. Unnecessary but then we have a choice to either not buy or return for refunds. However, we must be informed of the truth about a book and it must be correctly categorized in order for us to be correctly and honestly informed. This type of writing serves a certain audience and I’m not judging. it also sells as sex sells.

If you want good historical fiction like Nightingale, Lilac Girls, “Hearts of Resistance.” You will listen again and again.

JA

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Holocaust Porn???

Historical fiction is a great genre. This however doesn't cut it. And quite frankly I don't care about the feelings the Nazi officer had about love. He had no feelings for 12 million people that he was complicit in murdering. It's an embarrassment to the genre. There are so many other great reads with the Holocaust theme. Books that you can actually enjoy and learn from.

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needs more storyline, less brothel raunchiness

The book was almost too wrapped up in dirty details of the brothel. I would have liked the story and characters to build a bit more.

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I wanted a story....

I stopped listening after chapter 9. I was tired of all the sex. I wanted a story of World War II. This book is just not what I want to listen to.

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Who killed the German

Unsatisfactory ending I have no idea who killed the German. Did the Dutch man do it.

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Story of WWII

This was simply about cruelty and forced sex during WWII.
Surely there is a story but after 9 chapters of making a very strong attempt to listen to this i give up. We all know of the forced prostitution, in humane treatment of Jews, and in general the poor treatment of lots of people. there was no historical issues to bring sence to this book.

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Not to be compared to Nightingale !

Performances were lack luster. The protagonist didn’t sound remotely Dutch (which I can say with a reasonable amount of confidence as I am Dutch - American). Story was tired, predictable and at times grossly unbelievable.

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Great until the end.

I really enjoyed this book, it kept my interest all of the way through. The one drawback was the ending. It was too abrupt, like someone cut off chapters off the end. I felt like the author got bored and so they just tossed in a few pages to end the book.