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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (110 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ida Cook Narrator: Helen Stern Publisher: Harlequin Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Gala opera evenings. Sudden wealth and fame. Dangerous undercover missions into the heart of Nazi Germany. Standing up to the perils of the Blitz. No one would have predicted such glamorous and daring lives for Ida and Louise Cook - two decidedly ordinary Englishwomen who came of age between the wars and seemed destined never to stray from their quiet London suburb and comfortable civil service jobs.

But in 1923 a chance hearing of an aria from Madame Butterfly sparked a passion in the sisters that became a vehicle for both their greatest happiness and the rescue of dozens of Jews facing persecution and death.

Safe Passage is one of the most unusual and inspiring accounts to come out of the cataclysm of World War II. First published in 1950, Ida's memoir of the adventures she and Louise shared remains as fresh, vital and entertaining as the woman who wrote it. The Cook sisters' zest for life and genuine goodness shines through every page and explains why the leading opera singers of their day befriended and loved them. Even when Ida began to earn thousands as a successful romance novelist, the sisters never departed from their homespun virtues of thrift, hard work, self-sacrifice and unwavering moral conviction. They sewed their own clothes, traveled third class, bought the cheapest tickets during opera season and directed every spare resource, as well as their own considerable courage and ingenuity, toward saving as many people as they could from Hitler's death camps.

Uplifting and utterly charming, Safe Passage is moving testimony to all that can be achieved when conscience and compassion are applied to a collapsing world. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kim | 2/8/2014

    " It seemed like a book on opera more than a story about rescuing Jews. Not quite the story I was expecting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carrie | 1/30/2014

    " Read for our Library Book Club. I enjoyed this book from the standpoint of history and an education in opera. From a literary standpoint it was merely average. A very quick read written in simple conversational style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Harrison Public Library | 12/30/2013

    " A simply written but moving account of two British opera-loving sisters who worked tirelessly to rescue Jews from the clutches of the Nazis in the months before WWII broke out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Margy | 12/20/2013

    " From pp 1-103 you learn about the early days and friendships with opera stars of the two sisters. Then it starts to get more interesting. The last one fourth of the book tells the stuff you expect to read about, the plans to save so many families that give the book its title. An easy, pleasant read. "

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