The Kommandant's Girl

Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
Series: The Kommandant's Girl, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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In her luminous and groundbreaking debut, New York Times best-selling author Pam Jenoff shows the unimaginable sacrifices one woman must make in a time of war.

Nineteen-year-old Emma Bau has been married only three weeks when Nazi tanks thunder into her native Poland. Within days, Emma’s husband, Jacob, is forced to disappear underground, leaving her imprisoned within the city’s decrepit Jewish ghetto. But then, in the dead of night, the resistance smuggles her out. Taken to Krakow to live with Jacob’s Catholic aunt Krysia, Emma takes on a new identity as Anna Lipowski, a gentile.

Emma’s already precarious situation is complicated by her introduction to Kommandant Richwalder, a high-ranking Nazi official who hires her to work as his assistant. Urged by the resistance to use her position to access details of the Nazi occupation, Emma must compromise her safety - and her marriage vows - in order to help Jacob’s cause. As the atrocities of war intensify, Emma must make choices that will force her to risk not only her double life, but also the lives of those she loves.

©2016 Pam Jenoff (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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LOVE/HATE

This is a story of a love/hate relationship that stirs great emotion in the listener. I was moved, saddened, angered, warmed, disgusted, on edge, and filled with hope for the characters in this must read novel.
This complicated love story that takes place in the worst time in our history, will not soon be forgotten.

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Compelling

WWII has always intrigued me. I still question how humans can destroy each other. Hitler hated Jews. This story proves that 2 people with different nationalities can love each other. When German realizes he is in love with a Jew he is not able to hate her, yet his nationality dictates that he is supposed to. I believe some of the hate still prevails to this day

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Great read/listen!

The Kommandant's Girl had me from the beginning! This has left me wanting to read book 2 The Diplomat's Wife soon to find out what happens to the characters that have come alive!

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WAY GOOD!!

Loved it! The twists and turns and story were super. Could not put it down!

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Good book but I didn’t care for the ending

I enjoyed the book and the story is definitely interesting. Overall it’s well written and the characters are well developed enough to keep you invested in how it turns out. However, I didn’t really like how the ending kind of wrapped up the existing questions/problems really quickly and then kind of glossed over how many more problems still awaited the protagonist. I understand the author probably wanted to end on a hopeful note but it just seemed a bit glib to talk about birds chirping etc. All in all it was a good listen and I’ll probably try out the next one in the series as well.

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Didn’t realize this was a bodice ripper.

This was one of the stupidest, most prurient, repetitive, poorly written books I have ever experienced. It was repulsively exploitative of one of humanities great tragedies without the slightest bow to historical insight. I only continued to listen to it because I was fascinated by its inanity. The worst narration. Oh my! It could not have been any smarmier, nor any weepier. Yikes! Yuck!

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Light read

It kept my interest til about 2/3 way through. Then it got overly dramatic, a typical romance novel that I normally don’t read. Just not my type for the last 1/3. Predictable. Read well. Would not recommend to most of my friends.

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The Kommandant’s Girl is a 5 star read!

It was a compelling page turner & immediately I was totally absorbed in the story!! I highly recommend on of my favorite books by Pam Jenoff. Great Narrator!

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Compelling but...

This story grabbed me and kept my interest, but I think, rather than historical fiction, it should be considered historical romance. It does not have the weight of many of the WWII books and seemed more about the romantic life of this woman in hiding. In that way it felt a little “light” for the topic.

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engaging story

A great, well read story, with good voices and lots of excitement. my only point of criticism is that the musings and thoughts of the main character grew a bit tiresome over time. Especially during exciting scenes. Ending wasn’t very satisfying.