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4.00000588162639 out of 54.00000588162639 out of 54.00000588162639 out of 54.00000588162639 out of 54.00000588162639 out of 5 4.00 (170,021 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tatiana de Rosnay Narrator: Polly Stone Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781427207562
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Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

Paris, May 2002: On Vel' d'Hiv's 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d'Hiv', to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.

Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Polly Stone's delivery of Sarah's story is riveting with its spare emotional power. AudioFile Magazine

  • This is a remarkable historical novel, a book which brings to light a disturbing and deliberately hidden aspect of French behavior towards Jews during World War II. Like Sophie's Choice, it's a book that impresses itself upon one's heart and soul forever. Naomi Ragen, author of The Saturday Wife and The Covenant
  • Sarah's Key unlocks the star crossed, heart thumping story of an American journalist in Paris and the 60-year-old secret that could destroy her marriage. This book will stay on your mind long after it's back on the shelf. Risa Miller, author of Welcome to Heavenly Heights
  • The story is heart-wrenching, and Polly Stone gives an excellent performance, keeping a low-key tone through descriptions of horror that would elicit excessive dramatics from a less talented performer. Publishers Weekly
  • Sarah's Key opens a door into this heartbreaking WWII episode that's been cloaked in silence, making it intensely real and affecting. Book Page
  • Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surroudn this painful episode. News-Record
  • Polly Stone's flawless transitions alternate between English and French and the 1942 and present time setting of two stories. The Chapel Hill Herald

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 5/16/2017

    " Amazing book, I couldn't stop listening to it! The story was very moving. I highly recommend it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pippa Mcbride | 2/12/2014

    " Worth reading for the Vel d'Hiv treatment, but it was extremely hard to care about a modern troubled marriage in this context "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eva | 2/7/2014

    " One of the best books ever! Very sad and a tear-jerker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joella | 2/2/2014

    " An engaging plot that keeps you turning the pages. A little more "best seller" than I tend to like (more plot than theme), but it was extremely interesting to read a historical fiction novel about a lesser-known Holocaust event in France during WWII. Overall, I liked the book, but the ending was a bit abrupt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Quinney | 1/30/2014

    " Really liked it more than I expected. Knew I would cry given the topic... But still enjoyed the story and characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg MacLeod | 1/28/2014

    " LOVED this book although it was quite heart wrenching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 1/27/2014

    " A part of history about which I knew very little in terms of the French. A plus read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dena Napoli | 1/26/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It awakened my interest in the events of 1942 Vichy France. Great mystery and WWII interest. The personal bits about her marriage got a bit old, but the rest of the novel was excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amrutaprabhu | 1/20/2014

    " Great style of writing and weaving two era's and stories together, however, the romance/ coincidence in the end was absolutely unnecessary! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 1/18/2014

    " Double story of contemporary American journalist living in Paris discovering her in-laws connection with Vel' d'Hiv' during the Nazi occupation on July 16, 1942. Good for book groups, people interested in the holocaust, family secrets. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy Faiola | 1/18/2014

    " Lovely story and eye opening to the widespread unknown horrors in Paris related to WWII "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 1/11/2014

    " fabulous book. drew me in quickly, kept me wanting more. I was a bit disappointed with his it ended, but such is life. I related to Julia. I admire her willingness to follow her heart/inspiration. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 12/31/2013

    " This book was moving and amazing. There were times I cried thinking about the horrible events that had taken place back then. Its a very emotional read but definitely worth all of the tears. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor Vohs | 12/17/2013

    " My favorite book of all time. Beautiful and tragic story that transports you into the character's shoes. Get ready to shed some tears and not put this book down until your finished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Leonard | 12/12/2013

    " Such a great book. At times it was difficult to read through my tears. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia Lanter | 7/7/2013

    " A great book group selection to discuss the atrocities against Jews in Paris, France during WWII. Set in both WWII and 1990s Paris and New York City. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Naugle | 5/24/2013

    " LOVED the story and was so sad when it came to a close! I wanted more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon Weisleder | 5/18/2013

    " I could not put this down...it has haunted me for a long time. Great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annemieke | 3/26/2013

    " Wow! She (they) will not be forgotten... and also what happened during worldwar 2! This book will also not be forgotten... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mere Ross | 2/12/2013

    " This moving story connecting the past to the present was a book I could not put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley Stewart wenmohs | 1/3/2013

    " Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! Could not put it down! Very sad, but very moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill Radcliff | 11/16/2012

    " Made my hug my family closer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rae | 2/22/2012

    " I only gave this booK four stars because of how very sad it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra Goodwin | 1/26/2012

    " Very informative about WW2 in France. Very sad and will always stay with me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heathero215 | 10/31/2011

    " Prepare to cry "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 7/4/2011

    " This wasn't a bad book, but not my favorite for the topic. It is such a painful and horrific theme and it lacked the inspiration of other books in the genre. I did like the style of writing, and want to read another book by the same author. I'm thinking The House I Loved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison Giese | 6/20/2011

    " The writing quality wasn't the greatest, but it was a good story that kept my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethgentner | 5/23/2011

    " It was riveting to read more about the horrors of WWII; this book was based on actual events in France. However the plot twist was too contrived. There are two protagonists in the story, and I more enjoyed reading the older story than the modern day paralell track. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/23/2011

    " An easy, quick read. The second half of the book was a little slower than the first, but a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 5/22/2011

    " The actual historic background even more compelling than the current saga. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 5/22/2011

    " This was a very well written story. The story flipped between the 1940s during WWII and 2002 and the context illustrated at each different time frame kept the story moving and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 5/21/2011

    " Wow! Another heart wrenching story of the atrocities of war. Although this one was set in Paris and not Germany and was about round up of French Jews by the French police and how that part of history is really unknown to the French because of the shame. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 5/21/2011

    " About a historical even I had never been exposed to before, but the story seemed forced at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 5/21/2011

    " I loved the story of Sarah and her struggles. The woman in present day....not so much. I was disappointed by the ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 5/20/2011

    " Engrossing, disturbing book that makes you simultaneously uncomfortable and hopeful "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan | 5/20/2011

    " This is a two'fer...a current story and a WWII story. It goes back and forth in time as modern woman unearths a story from the past. The modern story's characters are not as likable or as realistic as the 1940's characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/20/2011

    " As strange as it may sound, I really enjoy reading books about the Holocaust, whether fiction or nonfiction. This a very moving story about a Jewish family separated and forced into the camps. You will not be able to put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 5/19/2011

    " An amazing book, I didn't go a day not thinking about Sarah and the book. A book I will definitely read again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sfar89 | 5/19/2011

    " I loved Sarah's story. I was not a fan of the Julia's story. I felt like I was reading two different books at one point. Not sure if that was the point or not. I did enjoy reading it, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 5/18/2011

    " i love stories about world war II and the holocaust, and this was such an interesting perspective of a girl's search for history! "

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About the Author
Author Tatiana de Rosnay

Tatiana de Rosnay is the author of a number of novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The House I Love and A Secret Kept. Her novel Sarah’s Key is the basis for a major motion picture. She has been named one of the top ten fiction writers in Europe.

About the Narrator

Polly Stone is an experienced stage actress and an Audie Award-winning audiobook narrator. She has appeared in theathrical productions in New York and across the United States. She holds a degree in dramatic art from the University of California at Santa Cruz.