Your audiobook is waiting…

The Wish Child

A Novel
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

This internationally best-selling historical novel follows two children and a mysterious narrator as they navigate the falsehoods and wreckage of World War II in Germany.  

Germany, 1939. Two children watch as their parents become immersed in the puzzling mechanisms of power. Sieglinde lives in the affluent ignorance of middle-class Berlin, her father a censor who excises prohibited words ("promise", "love", "mercy") from books. Erich is an only child living a lush rural life near Leipzig, tending beehives, aware that he is shadowed by strange, unanswered questions.

Drawn together as Germany's hope for a glorious future begins to collapse, the children find temporary refuge in an abandoned theater amid the rubble of Berlin. Outside, white bedsheets hang from windows; all over the city people are talking of surrender. The days Sieglinde and Erich spend together will shape the rest of their lives.

Watching over them is the wish child, the enigmatic narrator of their story. He sees what they see, he feels what they feel, yet his is a voice that comes from deep inside the ruins of a nation's dream.

©2017 Catherine Chidgey (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

More from the same

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    3
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    3
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

why is it pausing?

Having a hard time getting into it. There's random blank spots where narration is cut off. very frustrating. Now, it isn't showing in the store so , I can't tell if it's just me or of anyone else is having this problem.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Read it don’t listen

I found this book is hard to follow, and not all that interesting until abt 4 hrs into it. That was when things finally started coming together. The ending is excellent to that redeemed it for me, but wish I had been reading it instead. I also think in reading it would have been more clear who was talking/ what characters point of view you where on.