The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation Audiobook, by Rosemary Sullivan Play Audiobook Sample

The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation Audiobook

The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation Audiobook, by Rosemary Sullivan Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Julia Whelan Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780063067066

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Longest Chapter Length:

31:09 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

07 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

12:35 minutes

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Less a mystery unsolved than a secret well kept...

Using new technology, recently discovered documents and sophisticated investigative techniques, an international team—led by an obsessed retired FBI agent—has finally solved the mystery that has haunted generations since World War II: Who betrayed Anne Frank and her family? And why?

Over thirty million people have read The Diary of a Young Girl, the journal teen-aged Anne Frank kept while living in an attic with her family and four other people in Amsterdam during World War II, until the Nazis arrested them and sent them to a concentration camp. But despite the many works—journalism, books, plays and novels—devoted to Anne’s story, none has ever conclusively explained how these eight people managed to live in hiding undetected for over two years—and who or what finally brought the Nazis to their door.

With painstaking care, retired FBI agent Vincent Pankoke and a team of indefatigable investigators pored over tens of thousands of pages of documents—some never before seen—and interviewed scores of descendants of people familiar with the Franks. Utilizing methods developed by the FBI, the Cold Case Team painstakingly pieced together the months leading to the infamous arrest—and came to a shocking conclusion. 

The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation is the riveting story of their mission. Rosemary Sullivan introduces us to the investigators, explains the behavior of both the captives and their captors and profiles a group of suspects. All the while, she vividly brings to life wartime Amsterdam: a place where no matter how wealthy, educated, or careful you were, you never knew whom you could trust. 

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“An extraordinary tale of modern science and old-fashioned gumshoe work applied to a world-renowned crime eighty years after the fact…Sullivan’s narrative, full of twists and turns and dead-end leads, commands attention at every page, dramatic without being sensational…Superbly rendered.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 


  • “A stunning piece of historical detective work, cleverly structured and grippingly written.”

    — The Telegraph (London)
  • “[An] extraordinary book…Sullivan possesses the sensitivity necessary to unlock a beguiling and complex character.”

    — Washington Post
  • “Hums with living history, human warmth, and indignation….Sullivan circles all of these possibilities like Agatha Christie with Zoom and a time machine.”

    — New York Times
  • “A sweeping and complicated story with all the suspense, punch, and human drama of a great mystery well told.”

    — Barnes&


  • A New York Times Bestseller

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About Rosemary Sullivan

Rosemary Sullivan is an award-winning writer and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Betrayal of Anne Frank. Shadow Maker, her biography of Gwendolyn MacEwen, won the Governor General’s Award, the UBC President’s Medal for Canadian Biography, and the Toronto Book Award. Her book The Space a Name Makes won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her book Villa Air-Bel was awarded the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem Award in Holocaust History. A professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, she is a recipient of the Lorne Pierce Medal, awarded by the Royal Society of Canada, for her contribution to Canadian literature and culture, and she is an Officer of the Order of Canada. She has written poetry, short fiction, biographies, literary criticism, and reviews and has edited numerous anthologies.

About Julia Whelan

Julia Whelan is a novelist, screenwriter, lifelong actor, and multiple award-winning audiobook narrator. She graduated with a degree in English and creative writing from Middlebury College and Oxford University. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows.