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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: October 2008 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen O'brien | 12/12/2013

    " I don't know exactly where I ran across a reference to this book but I think it was in A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert. Nevertheless, I was intrigued by the idea of a pair of proper British sisters who developed a network of opera lovers and opera stars that smuggled goods belonging to Jewish families out of Hitler's occupied territories. The Cook girls decided they loved opera and began traveling from England to the Continent to hear their favorite operas and opera stars. They were witnesses to Hitler's rise and the impact it had on Jewish families. They began to try to rescue families and succeeded in saving twenty-nine people. Part of their rescue plan was to secure the financial resources of those families in England so that they would have some means of supporting themselves once they left the Continent. In order to do that, the Cook sisters smuggled money, jewelry and furs by wearing them themselves as they crossed in and out of Nazi-controlled areas in their quest for opera. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/8/2013

    " Very inspiring and fairly well written book about sisters in London around WWII who are opera fanatics and help Jews find safe passage to England from Nazi Germany. A little too much opera for me; otherwise great book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 12/5/2013

    " This memoir is a remarkable story of an admirable woman and her sister written badly and in a very dated style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 11/30/2013

    " I liked this book. It was interesting to see the war through the English author who personally experienced it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie Best | 11/3/2013

    " Agree with the other reviewers....too much about opera stars, not enough about the Jews and their rescues "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missy | 4/14/2013

    " Quite engaging even though I know next to nothing about opera and there's a rather large focus on the art and the stars of it as the set-up to the sisters' quiet heroics in the days leading up to WWII. Very conversational and open in tone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 11/1/2012

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandie Mixa | 6/18/2012

    " While there were parts that were fascinating about the Cook sisters' valiant Jewish refugee rescue work during WW2, I found the book to mostly be about their obsession with opera and the opera stars of their day. Struggled to finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Liebetrau | 9/18/2011

    " It was surprisingly enjoyable. These opera-loving sisters carried out many humanitarian acts during W.W.II "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Mader | 8/15/2011

    " I'm reading some 1930s-1950s British and European history stuff . . . . This memoir was a tiny slice of that, and I liked it, and learned a bit about opera stars of the time to boot. "

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

    " Delightful memoire about a subject I did not plan to read about -- opera. However, the true story of two opera fans and how they used their travels to concerts in Europe while rescuing refugees from the Nazis is utterly fascinating. A perfect example of the old adage: truth is stranger than fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 12/13/2010

    " 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 Missy | 7/5/2010

    " Quite engaging even though I know next to nothing about opera and there's a rather large focus on the art and the stars of it as the set-up to the sisters' quiet heroics in the days leading up to WWII. Very conversational and open in tone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Uqor | 4/9/2010

    " Good book. Its about two opera loving sisters saving refuges during World War II and meeting their opera stars. Book for a school project, how could I NOT love it? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandie | 7/22/2009

    " While there were parts that were fascinating about the Cook sisters' valiant Jewish refugee rescue work during WW2, I found the book to mostly be about their obsession with opera and the opera stars of their day. Struggled to finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 4/21/2009

    " It was surprisingly enjoyable. These opera-loving sisters carried out many humanitarian acts during W.W.II "

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