The Secrets of the Notebook

A Woman's Quest to Uncover Her Royal Family Secret
By: Eve Haas
Narrated by: Jane Carr
Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (115 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“The beautiful owner of this book is dearer to me than my life - August your protector.” This one sentence was the key to a mystery involving some of the greatest and most infamous figures in European history, from Frederick the Great to Napoleon and Hitler - and solved by the author of this book.

Eve Haas is the daughter of a German Jewish family that took refuge in London after Hitler came to power. Following a terrifying air raid in the blitz, her father revealed the family secret - that her great-great grandmother Emilie was married to a Prussian prince. He then showed her the treasured leather-bound notebook inscribed to Emilie by the prince.

Her parents were reluctant to learn more, but later in life, when Eve was married and inherited the diary, she became obsessed with proving this birthright. The Secrets of the Notebook tells how she follows the clues, from experts on European royalty in London to archives in West Germany and then, under threat of being arrested as a spy by the Communist regime, to an archive in East Germany that had never before opened its doors to the West. What she unearths is a love story set against the upheaval of the Napoleonic wars and the anti-Semitism of the Prussian court - and a ruse that both protected Emilie’s daughter and probably condemned her granddaughter - Eve’s beloved grandmother, Anna - to death in the Nazi camps.

When first published in the UK, The Secrets of the Notebook was an Irish Times best seller. A movie based on the book is in production.

©2013 Eve Haas (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Completely uneventful

This book is written very melodramatically, even though nothing happens to the main character. Possibly of interest to those who do genealogical research. Also I found the main character very self involved. Full of descriptions like: "my emotions were so strong in this moment..."

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not what I expected but still a good story

I am not sure why but I thought this was a historical fiction book but it is far from that. although I live genealogy, i wish this had told the story rather than telling the story of finding the answers. i feel this would have been much better as historical fiction. The narrator was decent but there were occasions where you could hear the saliva in her mouth. yuck!

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Intriguing Story

I found this true story to be a wonderful narrative about the tenacity of one woman and how she solved a generations old family story, and I learned some Prussian history along the way. The audio performer was terrific as well. She brought the book to life.

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I couldn't get into this

I really wanted to like this book, but I couldn't get into it. I think it might have been better as an actual read instead of an audio book. The beginning history of the book was so dry that I lost interest pretty quick. This is by no means due to the narrator, but a loss of interest to me while listening. I could not become investedin the story. I may try to come back to it as an actual read later.

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A true inspiration!

WOW! The first biography I have ever read! What a story! That kind of courage and dedication is truly inspiring!

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Enjoyed the story

I really enjoyed the story. What an incredible journey the author went through to find her family history.

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absolutely astounding

I loved it! it drew me in thoroughly and completely. what a mystery, a romance, and an unexpected story.

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A must read

This book makes you feel that you are on Germany helping with the search for her past.

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not my favorite, but the twist is interesting.

it took a long time to get to the twist which was the most interesting part.

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This is poignant story that would a be good fictional story that is actually a great historical story.

We started listening to this tale driving back from a family reunion on the west coast. During a rest stop, we had to read a third party review to convince ourselves that the book is a work of non-fiction. Warning- once started you will not want to stop it. A compelling listen!