The Indigo Rebels

Narrated by: Becky Boyd
Series: The Indigo Rebels, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
4 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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France, 1940 

The German army has marched into Paris. Three siblings, three very different people leading very different lives, find themselves face-to-face with new occupants of their city, and neither of them can guess what the occupation has in store for them, and how it will change their lives once and for all. Giselle Legrand, a renowned novelist and a socialite, encounters an unannounced guest in her apartment - a newly arrived chief of the Gestapo, Sturmbannführer Dr. Karl Wünsche, who is intended to billet there and who soon starts making rather unwelcome changes in Giselle's lifestyle. Strong-willed and defiant, Giselle gets involved with one of the first Resistance cells, refusing to submit to the newly established authority despite the developing relationship between the two. 

Kamille Blanchard, a new widow of the war left alone with a small daughter, is dreading the approaching army. However, she never expected that she could find love in the arms of an officer, who appears at her door as soon as the German army marches in. But will Kamille be able to trust a former enemy when he has to choose between his feelings and duty for his country? 

Marcel Legrand, a former history student and a deserter, fearing capture by the Germans has no other choice than ask for help from the ones he used to fear and avoid - the mysterious communists, who call for an uprising and freeing their country from the Nazi plague. 

Soon, the fates of all three siblings will become intertwined in a dangerous knot, all of them, fighting for the same goal: a liberated France.

©2017 Ellie Midwood (P)2018 Ellie Midwood

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Bravo!

What a marvelous story, with the great narrator, Becky Boyd, who breathes even more life into it!
Frankly, I’ve been fascinated by each of this author’s books, whether it be about the Nuremberg Trials, the inter-workings of the Nazis, or the use of female Jewish sex slaves in Nazi camps, but I have to say, INDIGO REBELS is my favorite.

Great detailed descriptions of characters and settings intersperse with factual tidbits that, like all her books, had me visiting Wikipedia, eager to find out even more. But ultimately, fine descriptions aren’t enough for me. As I found myself turning pages with great absorption and anticipation, I realized I was highly impressed with Midwood’s well-thought out and intriguing plot. All in all, a brilliantly executed book which I highly recommend. Bravo, Ellie Midwood!

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Listened straight through

Ellie Midwood masterfully places us into occupied France. Into the lives of three siblings we go losing ourselves in their stories. The novel is vivid and feels authentic. They interact with Germans who aren’t stoic and distant flat characters. Rather, she is able to make the Germans three dimensional and real. I highly recommend without hesitation this audio version as that is how I “read” the novel. It is narrated with a steady, pleasing voice.

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A brilliant WW 2 novel

A brilliant study of character, this WW2 novel stands out among the others in the same genre for several reasons: it shows the very birth of the French Resistance, and in particular the first clandestine newspaper which was used as a means of not only enlightening the population on the realities of the occupation but called them for action as well. Second, it shows not only different classes but different ideologies clashing - and managing to work together against the common enemy - under the German yoke. Enjoyed it immensely. I have already started reading the sequel but I’m hoping it’ll be available in audiobook format as well; I’d love to listen to it.

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Loved it!!

The story is amazing and enthralling, the narration is perfect! I never wanted to turn it off. If you enjoy historical fiction, especially set during WWII, this is the story for you!

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"The Indigo Rebels"

If you love historical fiction, this book will be perfect for you. It's compelling, beautifully written, and historically accurate. I felt I was actually there, walking through the streets of Occupied Paris together with Giselle as German officers passed by. The narrator did a great job, bringing the story to life. Highly recommended! Oh, and I hope the other two books in the series will be available in audiobook format as well - I'd grab them in a second!

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so good

The first book in a new series by Ellie Midwood.

What I love about this book is that they make you think and ask yourself the question ‘What would you do?”. This book shows that war isn’t black and white and there are good and bad people on both sides.

I love seeing how each of the three siblings comes to term with the war and what to do to save themselves and others. Their actions surprised me and I was cheering Giselle on in the end.

I look forward to reading the next book

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Historical fiction at its best

The story of two sisters and their younger brother left in the occupied Paris and the choices they make. As with all Ellie Midwood’s stories, I was immediately pulled in and found myself drawn into the suspense.
Depiction of the characters and their emotional state come to life. One of the sisters struggles with feelings of her husband's indifference and abandonment. The other sister is flamboyant and the opposite of her younger sibling. They both grow to change significantly through the occupation). Their younger brother, at first confused and uncertain, finds his way into the resistance movement. The relationships between them and the people with whom they interact are as complex as one might imagine in such difficult times.
The story gives the reader a look into daily life in France under Nazi control. I’m kin to find out in the next two books, who of the main characters chooses self-sacrifice for the good of others to overcome evil and who favors self-preservation. I can’t recommend this book enough for anyone who enjoys reading about WWII from different perspectives.

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A Talented Author With A Historian’s Eye

One of the most difficult things to write is a historically accurate novel set in the recent past and Ellie Midwood does it exceptionally well. What makes the task all the more daunting is that the author sets the story in one of the most historically well documented times and places, France at the beginning of the German occupation. To appreciate what the author has accomplished it helps if you remember that we are three to four generations removed from World War II. Author’s who were contemporary with events – Hemingway, Dos Passos, Styron, Stein, and Vonnegut to name a few – have transferred to the blue ethers. The authors of the “Greatest Generation” are also all but gone, having written about these events either from the perspective of being present in their early 20s at the time or from their own historical research. Midwood, like internationally recognized historical author Ben Pastor (AKA Maria Verbena Volpi) is intimately familiar with her topic and time period. Where other authors achieve verisimilitude through cribbing from reports, essays, and the works of first generation authors, Midwood is at ease with her surroundings and owns this time period in a way that allows her characters to live in them seamlessly. The reader soon stops doing a mental inventory of events that are pending based on history and is quickly lost in the story. Without sharing any spoilers, the author has given us narrative that reminds us that life continues under all circumstances, that war more than any other area of human activity defines our times. What makes this more jolting is that once you realize you’ve settled into the immediate, personal narratives of the characters then you realize that these characters, like yourself, are not living their lives relative to what we deem a defining event in history. The characters are living with the immediate realities of a world overthrown, events that were far from predestined and are articles of faith in our world are still developing in theirs. It is a story that is most satisfying, will have you looking forward to the next installment. But most importantly it will give you a moment to pause and ask yourself if you really understand the historical import of the events of your own times and what, if anything, such awareness has done to guide your actions.

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Love and War

The beginnings slow burn turned into a fire as the narrator pulled me into a enthralling narrative full of love, schemes and betrayal. I loved the characters right off, especially the strong female lead, Giselle. A Renaissance woman, who fights in a tumultuous occupied France, is someone I can truly admire. I’m looking forward to hearing more. Viva la resistance!

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If you're a history buff like me, you'll love it!

This audiobook is a treat for all fans of historical fiction genre. A bit slow-paced in the beginning, it concentrates on character development of three main protagonists, following their paths as the German Army takes over their country, then - city, then - their very lives. The story is so fascinating because it’s told from a point of view from an insider - you actually feel like you’re living one of the sibling’s life and asking yourself a question time after time: what would I do in their place? Would I resist or collaborate? And what do I make of these Germans, who now lodge in my house? On the surface, WW2 history is black and white; “The Indigo Rebels” reveals all shades of gray, both among French people and the German occupants. The narrator did a wonderful job of bringing them all to life. If you’re a history buff like me, you’ll love it.

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Sue

All round a good book to listen to. Performance was excellent satisfying finish great characters