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3.91 out of 53.91 out of 53.91 out of 53.91 out of 53.91 out of 5 3.91 (11 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: May 2008 ISBN: 9780739366240
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 6/6/2011

    " Really quite good....a sad story, as expected, but beautifully written, and enthralling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 6/2/2011

    " This was such a great book. Not often do you get the point of view of the German citizens, the British army, and whole groups who were in hiding and willing to take on any uniform to survive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 5/28/2011

    " Really took awhile to get into, but the second half was very good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 5/24/2011

    " Not the best book to read before sleeping. Loved the interplay between the characters. Very interesting to read an account about Germans during WW2 who weren't inherently evil. The majority of human beings can be willfully ignorant of things they don't want to know about. "

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

    " excellent as usual from Chris Bohjalian! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 5/16/2011

    " Excellent. I wasn't expecting such a powerful story. It gives you insight into the plight of the German people during WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 5/10/2011

    " A farmer's daughter, a Jewish escapee, a Scottish POW and assorted family members are fleeing from the advancing Russian army during WWII. A wonderfully researched wartime love story. "

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About the Author
Author Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian is the author of numerous books, including several that made the New York Times bestselling list. His novel Midwives was a selection of Oprah’s Book Club. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages, and three of his novels have become movies: Secrets of Eden, Midwives, and Past the Bleachers.

About the Narrator

Mark Bramhall has won thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been a finalist for the Audiobook Publishers Association’s prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been named by Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine among their “Best Voices of the Year” in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.