The Fortunate Ones

Beautiful and Heartbreaking World War 2 Historical Fiction
Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Every day, he stood exactly where he was directed. He listened for his number, shouted his answer in the freezing cold. He was ragged, and he was starving, but he was alive. He was one of the fortunate ones whom fate had left standing. And he needed to stay that way. For Hannah.

Berlin, 1941. Felix Thalberg, a printer’s apprentice, has the weight of the world on his shoulders. His beloved city is changing under Nazi rule, and at home things are no better - Felix’s father hasn’t left the house since he was forced to wear a yellow star, and his mother grows thinner every day.

Then one night, Felix meets a mysterious young woman in a crowded dance hall, and his life is changed forever. Hannah is like a rush of fresh air into his gloomy, stagnant life, and Felix finds himself instantly, powerfully infatuated with her. But when he tries to find her again, she’s vanished without a trace.

Was Hannah taken away by the Gestapo and held prisoner...or worse? When Felix himself is imprisoned in Sachsenhausen concentration camp, his thoughts are only for her safety. And when a life-threatening injury lands him on the ward of Dr. Max Eichel - a Nazi medical officer with a sadistic reputation - his love for his lost Hannah sees him through the pain.

Until one day, Dr. Eichel brings his pretty, young wife to tour the camp, and Felix’s world is thrown off-kilter. Framed in the hospital window, he sees - impossibly - the same girl he met that fateful night...her wrist in the vice-like grip of the deathly calm SS Officer. And it’s clear Hannah recognizes him at once - there is no mistaking her expression, she has been dreaming of him too....

A gripping and beautiful wartime love story about two people facing impossible odds - heartbreaking, moving, and unforgettable. Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, We Were the Lucky Ones, and The Alice Network.

©2020 Catherine Hokin (P)2020 Bookouture

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Couldn’t put this one down!

One of the best written and narrated books I’ve ever read. I didn’t want it to end. Would strongly recommend this book!

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Get the tissue out!

Wonderful book with a great story line, just wish it would have ended better... Lovely read

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So disappointed

After all they suffered for Felix and Inga not to end up together was beyond disappointing!! It felt like Max won again .

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  • Maureen McGeoch
  • 01-26-20

Great story!

I really enjoyed this listen,a different take on a love story.We got to see a terrible event from more than one view point. I would recommend this book to anyone who does not like fluffy romance,it’s more of an emotional love story that gives hope.

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  • Kerry hogan
  • 03-03-20

A very Good listen was Hooked

Well narrated and the narration allowed you to get into each character and feel like you could invisage how they looked and the facial expressions used.... A story that was not coated in "Hollywood" Beautiful and heartbreaking but totally believable .