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4.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 5 4.14 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Bohjalian Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In January 1945, in the waning months of World War II, a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives: an attempt to cross the remnants of the Third Reich, from Warsaw to the Rhine if necessary, to reach the British and American lines.

Among the group is eighteen-year-old Anna Emmerich, the daughter of Prussian aristocrats. There is her lover, Callum Finella, a twenty-year-old Scottish prisoner of war who was brought from the stalag to her family’s farm as forced labor. And there is a twenty-six-year-old Wehrmacht corporal, who the pair know as Manfred–who is, in reality, Uri Singer, a Jew from Germany who managed to escape a train bound for Auschwitz.

As they work their way west, they encounter a countryside ravaged by war. Their flight will test both Anna’s and Callum’s love, as well as their friendship with Manfred–assuming any of them even survive. 

Perhaps not since The English Patient has a novel so deftly captured both the power and poignancy of romance and the terror and tragedy of war. Skillfully portraying the flesh and blood of history, Chris Bohjalian has crafted a rich tapestry that puts a face on one of the twentieth century’s greatest tragedies–while creating, perhaps, a masterpiece that will haunt readers for generations.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ann | 6/24/2011

    " Another fascinating Holocaust story. This book follows a wealthy German family as they flee the Russians. Along their journey they become aware that their perceptions of the German Reich are not what they once thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ellen | 6/22/2011

    " This was a great book. If you enjoy Holocaust fiction this might be for you. I was very sad to miss book club where this was discussed and the author spoken with, but I would have read it without those incentives as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christen | 6/16/2011

    " It was a little hard to get into, but then it was great! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christa | 6/14/2011

    " A decent read, but I found the voices within the book to be stilted. One of Bohjalian's characters is Scottish, and yet he speaks like he is from Omaha. He also made the Russians, I felt, to be worse than the Germans, which certainly wasn't the case in WWII. Still, a fairly entertaining read. "

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