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Publisher's Summary

In the shadows of World War II, trust becomes the greatest risk of all for two strangers.

December 1943. In the years before the rise of Hitler, the Gerber family’s summer cottage was filled with laughter. Now, as deep drifts of snow blanket the Black Forest, German dissenter Franka Gerber is alone and hopeless. Fervor and brutality have swept through her homeland, taking away both her father and her brother and leaving her with no reason to live.

That is, until she discovers an unconscious airman lying in the snow wearing a Luftwaffe uniform, his parachute flapping in the wind. Unwilling to let him die, Franka takes him to her family’s isolated cabin despite her hatred for the regime he represents. But when it turns out that he is not who he seems, Franka begins a race against time to unravel the mystery of the airman’s true identity. Their tenuous bond becomes as inseparable as it is dangerous. Hunted by the Gestapo, can they trust each other enough to join forces on a mission that could change the face of the war and their own lives forever?

©2018 Eoin Dempsey (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Could not handle the narration

Would you be willing to try another one of Napoleon Ryan’s performances?

Absolutely not. I actually think I might have liked this book if I'd read it myself, and might just do that. His voice grated from the first second I heard it, and I never got used to it. I understand that it's a dramatic book on a dramatic topic, but he speaks SO SLOWLY and the way that he lowers the inflection of his voice at the end of every sentence was ridiculously annoying to me. It served to make every sentence, even the most mundane, "She went to the cabinet." sound ominous, and it irritated me to no end. The over-dramatization of absolutely everything was unreal. I sped the book up as much as I could handle, and still I could not take his delivery. The story itself might not be that bad, but I could not focus on anything but how much I hated his voice. The only reason I made it within a few chapters of the end was because I was trapped on a long flight with nothing else to listen to. The only thing worse than his voice was the narration of her voice. Humans don't speak like that - no one (thank God) has that breathy a voice. Do yourself a favor and read this on your own. Avoid the audiobook at all costs.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Great story. One big annoying problem with the narration.

I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The subject was fascinating. However, although Napoleon Ryan did a very nice job with the narration, about one third of the hundreds of times he said “she” it sounded like he said “he.” It was really distracting! Maybe it was the recording equipment he used. But don’t let this keep you from listening to the book. It’s a wonderful historical fiction novel about World War II with a strong female protagonist.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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excellent listen

This book was great in historical detail and events and story. Bit slow on the narrator but story line kept me focused.

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The MOST irritating narrator ever!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Definitely - the narrator!

What did you like best about this story?

The actual story

What didn’t you like about Napoleon Ryan’s performance?

EvERY woRD iS SOOOOOOOOOOOOO draMATIC! Totally unnecessary. I loved the story, but Napoleon just murdered it for me. He bludgeoned every single word from beginning to end. Luckily the story itself kept me going. Never again.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes, as long as I don't have to listen to Napoleon Ryan :)

Any additional comments?

Please, no more Napoleon! Ever.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Narrator doesn’t know pronouns!!!

I, he, she, it, you, and they. Personal pronouns. If the narrator cannot keep she and he separate, then it may keep many people from not continuing on. I wanted to know how the story turned out or I would have quit within ten minutes. It is pathetic and should be re-done. Forgive my harshness, but the story is grand and I loved and enjoyed it very much.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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So glad I chose this book!

The story was a bit slow but the details were great! Sad to know there was truth to the story.

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Beautiful Love Story

I looked forward to hearing the story everyday. It had a bit of history and suspense.

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Loved the Historical Story, Hated the narration

My recommendation is read this don't listen. The Narrator speaks very slow. I did increase the speed of the book because otherwise I would stop listening and come back and say, what just happened. The Narrator is also a male, which is usually not a problem. The main character is a female, so it was very hard and annoying to listen to a male read as a female. He didn't do a very good job at it. A female voice for the lead character would have worked much better.

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Narration is Odd

Like previous reviewers have mentioned the narration is very distracting, the narrator sounds like he is doing movie trailers and often does not pronounce the “s” in “she” so it sounds like he is saying “he.”

In addition he only does British accents except for John’s American accent. Since the majority of the characters are German, this seems odd, especially when he uses a Cockney accent for his go for less educated Germans.

I enjoyed the story, it was well written although I wasn’t sure how John would be able to move the bed to cover his hiding place if he was in his hiding place. The ending was very rushed, it seemed like the author ran out of time or energy or the editor needed it to be shorter so the chopped out a couple of pages at the end?

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Worth the listen, even with pretty bad narration

The story is captivating and compelling. Bless his heart, but the narrators voice is grating and his accents are terrible. I finished out the listen because the story kept my focus, and I was curious to see if the narration got any better. Ha!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • 04-28-18

Liked the story but not the narration

Good story, reminding us that Hitler's brutal regime extended to his own people - those who disagreed and those born with disabilities both mental and physical.

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  • Richard
  • 08-25-18

Absolute unbelievable Rubbish

An unbelievable story, badly narrated. What a waste of time. It had to be American, who else would?

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  • Louise
  • 08-12-18

Very well done!

This was a joy to listen to the narrators performance was incredible and I’m definitely going to listen to more of his recordings! The story was also very realistic and it was easy to become invested in the characters journey.

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  • Ursula
  • 07-02-18

Fabulous

There is one one word for this book - and that word is FABULOUS! Don’t miss it.