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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (122 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christina Shea Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2018 ISBN: 9781501984303
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Christina Shea follows up her compelling debut novel with an intimate look at the effects of history on an individual life. Smuggled out of Hungary to escape the Nazi menace, five-year-old Eva Farkas now lives with her aunt and uncle in Romania. Renamed Anca Balaj, she's told to forget her Hungarian past and language and accept a new identity. But when communism smothers her adopted homeland, Anca fights to survive. After the Iron Curtain lifts decades later, she returns to Hungary in 1990, hoping to reclaim her forgotten heritage. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 1/31/2014

    " This historical fiction novel sounds like it would be a perfect fit for me. The heroine, Eva, is a very young child who is smuggled out of Hungary into Romania during World War II. She's sent to live with her aunt and uncle. She's given a new name, a new history or backstory, and, of course, new documents that hide her Jewish identity. She's forbidden to speak of her old life, forbidden to speak her own language--at least after the first two weeks or so. She's forced to adapt really, really quickly. Unfortunately--for me--the novel barely covers the war years. It seems like we're just getting started to know this frightened young girl renamed Anka, when, we're rushed at a very alarming pace through her childhood years, teen years, college years, and adult life. Almost half the novel is spent with her as an adult in the late 60s, 70s, 80s, and early 90s. For readers who truly want to know all the gritty little details about what it might have been like to live in Romania during the Communist years, this one may be just what you're looking for. The novel is very dark. Of course, it would almost have to be dark. In some ways the bleakness of the novel was almost too much for me. Especially as it traces just how far the narrator--Eva/Anka--will go to survive. I did NOT want to read about her personal life in that much detail. (This one is far from clean, trust me.) Smuggled isn't a bad novel, it's just more of a not-for-me novel. I was hoping for more of a child/teen perspective/experience about World War II and maybe the early years of Communism--but I wasn't expecting it to cover quite so many years. And the attention to detail varies so much! There were things that I would have loved to read about--the war years, what it was like to live in hiding, have a secret life, what was it like to learn a new language, to be placed in a new family, etc. How she *really* felt about both her aunt and uncle, did she have a hard time adjusting, did she make friends, was it easy for her to go to school and have a 'normal' life after the war, what was it like to go to school, etc. How did it feel to hide her Jewishness for so many years--so many decades? If you're looking for a novel about an oppressed woman that endured much...then this might be for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyla Carlson | 12/14/2013

    " I'm totally ignorant about Romanian/Hungarian history post WWII, so I'm sure parts of this went over my head and I found myself with questions here and there but I really enjoyed the book. Shea's writing style is simple yet very complex, if that makes sense. She has a way of writing very efficiently and providing insight into the characters without unnecessary fluff. The book evokes many emotions and leaves the reader nurturing heavy thoughts... liked it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/7/2013

    " I am saving my comments for our K80s Book Club, but this is a powerful, haunting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 11/17/2013

    " This was a good book, but I had a hard time getting attached to any of the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayla Corrigan | 10/30/2013

    " As a high school sophomore I found it a bit hard to comprehend the text because in history we don't focus on the government of Romania and Hungry. Overall I thought the book was well written, however I wish there was a little more to the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bronna | 10/20/2013

    " Took me a while to get into it and a bit more graphic sexually than I prefer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 10/15/2013

    " I really enjoyed this story. If you are a history buff, I would recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 10/8/2013

    " I thought this was an interesting book and kept me engaged through out. I thought the ending wasn't very developed and a little to simple, but overall a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany Rios | 4/9/2013

    " A well written novel about a young Jewish girl forced to give up everything and everyone she knew and cherished to avoid the possibility of discovery by those looking to prosecute her kind. Eva's tale is a great look into an often misunderstood time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KayG | 3/11/2013

    " The sort of book that makes history come alive. "

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About the Narrator

Barbara Rosenblat, one of the most awarded narrators in the business, was selected by AudioFile magazine as one of the Golden Voices of the Twentieth Century. She has received the prestigious Audie Award multiple times and has earned fifty-six AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.