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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,426 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danielle Steel Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9780553757163
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Against a vivid backdrop of history, Danielle Steel tells a compelling story of love and war, acts of faith and acts of betrayal…and of three generations of women as they journey though years of loss and survival, linked by an indomitable devotion that echoes across time.

For the Wittgenstein family, the summer of 1915 was a time of both prosperity and unease, as the guns of war sound in the distance. But for eldest daughter Beata, it was also a summer of awakening. By the glimmering waters of Lake Geneva, the quiet Jewish beauty met a young French officer and fell in love. Knowing that her parents would never accept her marriage to a Catholic, Beata followed her heart anyway. And as the two built a new life together, Beata’s past would stay with her in ways she could never have predicted. For as the years pass, and Europe is once again engulfed in war, Beata must watch in horror as Hitler’s terror threatens her life and family—even her eighteen-year-old daughter Amadea, who has taken on the vows of a Carmelite nun.

For Amadea, the convent is no refuge. As family and friends are swept away without a trace, Amadea is forced into hiding. Thus begins a harrowing journey of survival, as she escapes into the heart of the French Resistance. Here Amadea will find a renewed sense of purpose, taking on the most daring missions behind enemy lines. And it is here, in the darkest moments of fear, that Amadea will feel her mother’s loving strength—and that of her mother’s mother before her–as the voices of lost loved ones echo powerfully in her heart. And here, amid the fires of war, Amadea will meet an extraordinary man, British secret agent Rupert Montgomery. In Colonel Montgomery, Amadea finds a man who will help her discover her place in an unbreakable chain between generations…and between her lost family and her dreams for the future—a future she is only just beginning to imagine: a future of hope rooted in the rich soil of the past.

With the grace of a master storyteller, Danielle Steel breathes life into history, creating a bold, sweeping tale filled with unforgettable characters and breathtaking images—from the elegant rituals of Europe’s prewar aristocracy to the brutal desperation of Germany’s death camps. Drawing us into a vanished world, Echoes weaves an intricate tapestry of a mother’s love, a daughter’s courage…and the unwavering faith that sustained them—even in history’s darkest hour.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna Sommerfeldt | 2/16/2014

    " I thought this was a really good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlotte | 2/15/2014

    " This is a historical family saga about the Holocaust. It kept my interest very well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamson84 | 2/13/2014

    " So glad my sister in law gave me this book to read. It was great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 msrouse | 2/4/2014

    " Great book! An amazing story of three generations of women living in Germany during WWI and WWII. A great historical fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 January | 1/19/2014

    " I read this book 4 years ago on vaccation to St. Lucia. I haven't read Danielle Steel in a while, but have read many of her books. I was looking at one of her new books and saw this one and thought to myself I loved that book. I can still remember certain parts of the book like it was yesterday. I think it is a great story and I couldn't put this book down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 1/17/2014

    " OK to poor. I did not like that the story was divided into two. Would have like to have continued to follow the mother as the main character or both the mother and the two daughters. What happened to them, mom and youngest daughter (besides the obvious). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alecia | 1/13/2014

    " One of my favorite books by Danielle Steel. Follows generations of the same family through the holocaust. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/10/2014

    " As always Danielle Steele produced an awesome book. Very good story. Thoroughly enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 12/27/2013

    " Another book on cd - made the drive barible. Good listen "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 10/27/2013

    " This is one of my favorite Danielle Steel books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 9/19/2013

    " My mom recommended this. I'm not a typical Danielle Steele fan, and this is not a book to read if you're already down, but another of my absolute favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Scherer | 8/27/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book. Great story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 8/22/2013

    " I normally would not pick up a Danielle Steel book but this was about the Holocaust and I needed a book for the plane. It was an interesting story about a Jewish family during WWII. One of the daughters gets "drafted" into being a spy. I don't remember much about the story but it I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 8/20/2013

    " Hard to put down. Kinda sad but interesting time period "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/13/2013

    " I liked the story line, and how it actually stretched across both world wars...but I was not a big fan of her writing style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ritamarie | 11/7/2012

    " This book is SO sad, it actually made me cry!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 10/18/2012

    " This is one of my all time favorite books, AMAZING!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlee Hirsch | 8/3/2012

    " Absolutely amazing! The first book I ever cried from. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 7/14/2012

    " I love this book so much it was really um real lol. I read this when I was 14 and still love think about some of the scenes in the book in my mind today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 12/12/2011

    " At first I thought this was a nice, morally clean, simple historical fiction...but there were parts of the novel that really bugged me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Khatera | 4/6/2011

    " The Best Danielle Steel book I have ever read! It's a heartbreaking novel. Just couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 3/9/2011

    " loved this book I just love danielle steel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blanca | 2/9/2011

    " Amazing book. I could not believe she was able to fit so much into one book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaylam | 1/17/2011

    " A very good read that gives a fictional glimpse into a historical hell from a personal perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlee | 1/7/2011

    " Absolutely amazing! The first book I ever cried from. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 1/5/2011

    " I thought this was a really good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heba | 12/13/2010

    " an excellent book, couldn't sleep till i finished it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 10/12/2010

    " Hard to put down. Kinda sad but interesting time period "

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About the Author
Author Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over six hundred million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include: Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, A Good Woman, Rogue, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death.

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.