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Author: Irene Gut Opdyke Narrator: Hope Davis Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9780147520449
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IRENE GUT WAS just 17 in 1939, when the Germans and Russians devoured her native Poland. Just a girl, really. But a girl who saw evil and chose to defy it.

“No matter how many Holocaust stories one has read, this one is a must, for its impact is so powerful.”—School Library Journal, Starred

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  • Even among WWII memoirs--a genre studded with extraordinary stories--this autobiography looms large, a work of exceptional substance and style. Publishers Weekly, starred
  • Opdyke uses simple direct language to demystify the concept of heroism and depict courage as a matter of basic human decency well within the capabilities of ordinary humans. The Washington Post Book World 
  • “Although adults will find Irene’s tale moving, it is appropriately published as a young adult book. Her experiences while still in her teens remind adolescents everywhere that their actions count, that the power to make a difference is in their hands.”, editorial review

  • Powerful and life-affirming, this is the kind of exciting memoir that marks a reader forever. The Plain Dealer
  • “Even among World War II memoirs—a genre studded with extraordinary stories—this audiobiography looms large, a work of exceptional substance and style…Readers will be rivieted—and no one can fail to be inspired by Opdyke’s courage.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Although there is evil in plenty here, Opdyke does not see all of her enemies as utter monsters, and with Armstrong seamlessly filling in the inevitable gaps in fifty-year-old memories, she paints a coherent, compelling picture of her times, and of the moral necessity that compelled her to action.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Top Ten Book Sense Pick
  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice

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  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 Ian | 4/22/2019

    " In My Hands in one of those Audio books that you listen to and you can't get it out of your mind. This is the first novel I've read in quite some time that left me staying up all night until the darkness of sleep enveloped me. Irene's story is both an amazing adventure and an heroic tale of a woman who saved the lives of others by risking her own. It almost seems unbelievable that the things that happened to Irene could actually happen to one person. The entire book is filled with adventure and suspense. Irene Gut Opdyke is one of those rare people who make others want to strive to do their best and be their best. I thank the world there are people like Irene here to spread their light and inspiration throughout the land. "

About the Author

Irene Opdyke (1922–2003) was a Polish nurse who aided Jews persecuted by the Nazis during World War II, saving twelve lives.

About the Narrator

Hope Davis, an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has starred in more than twenty feature films, including Arlington Road, American Splendor, and Next Stop Wonderland. Also an accomplished stage actress, she earned a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the Broadway play God of Carnage. She was voted Best Actress in 2003 by the New York Film Critics.