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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (138 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Griner Narrator: Anne Flosnik, Michael Page Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN:
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This riveting war story introduces us to beautiful Kate Zweig, the English widow of a German surgeon, and Claus Murphy, an exiled American with German roots - two lovers with complicated loyalties.

In 1918, Kate and her husband, Horst, are taken for spies by Russian soldiers and forced to flee their field hospital on the eastern front, barely escaping with their lives. Years later, in London during the Nazis' V-1 reign of terror, Claus spends his days making propaganda films and his nights as a British spy, worn down by the war and his own many secrets. When Claus meets the intriguing Kate, he finds himself powerfully drawn to her - even after evidence surfaces that she might not be exactly who she seems. As the war hurtles to a violent end, Claus must decide where his own loyalties lie, whether he can make a difference in the war - and what might be gained by taking a leap of faith with Kate.

Echoing Pat Barker's spare power and the sweep of Sebastian Faulks's historical sagas, The German Woman takes us inside the world wars that defined the 20th century and the hidden histories of two unforgettable characters whose love story will haunt readers' hearts and minds. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ceci C | 2/17/2014

    " Hated it, will not finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sephanie | 2/17/2014

    " Not exactly light and fluffy summer reading, but hey, it was about WWII, what did I expect?! Well researched, especially the descriptions of London during the intense Nazi bombings before the Normandy invasion. This isn't a fun read, and if you like a standard Hollywood happy ending, you'd best pass this one by. If, however, you are interested in historical fiction and like a bit of realism, then you won't be disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brigitte | 2/15/2014

    " Great beginning, beautiful language but not sure what happened at the end. Someone else read it and explain it to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 2/14/2014

    " A story which takes us from WWI through the end of WWII through the life of an English woman who ends up living in Germany between the wars. Good, though not fabulous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 2/11/2014

    " The descriptions of what life was like in London, during the Nazis' V-1 reign of terror, during WWII, is disturbingly moving...the story itself could have used some better editing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 2/6/2014

    " I'm entirely disappointed with how the last 50 pages of this story went. When I started to actually tolerate the storyline, the author went and ruined both characters. If I had been the editor, I would have removed pages 1-100 and 250 to 308. I wish, like a DVD, there was an alternate ending option. This book needed one. I would have rather continued reading the schizophrenic outbursts of eating live horses and pissing in the mouths of dead bodies like the first 100 pages, then read about a cry baby male spy and an unrealistic female spy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/22/2014

    " This book tells the tale of an English woman who marries a German and finds her nationality and loyalties question throughout World War I and II. I really like the first part of the book, dealing with the aftermath of WWI from the German perspective. The second section, set during the Blitz, seems disjointed. It's almost like 2 books in one, which could be oft-putting to some. Both stories do seem unfinished and unresolved. "

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

    " This book kind of has two halves as it follows Kate, a nurse during both of the World Wars. The first half focuses on Kate, an Englishwoman who is married to a German doctor and works in Europe during the First World War and then suffers from the privations in Germany that follow the end of that war. In the second half of the book Kate returns to England in the early period of the Second World War where she meets Claus, a German/American living in exile in England and working as a double agent. The heart of the story is about nationality and a feeling of alienation, even in your native land, and a story about the role of trust in a relationship and the effect a lack of trust can have. Some of the reviews I've read complain about the lack of connection between the first and second halves of the book, and in some ways it does feel each of them could have stood on their own. However, I think without the background of the first half, the events and relationships in the second half would not have been as poignant. Not a perfectly constructed book, but the themes underlying the story make up for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 1/13/2014

    " Good book, I'm glad I bought it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 11/24/2013

    " It always bothered me when the female character would call her love interest 'meine kleine kartoffle' (my little potatoe). If I was a guy I would at the least insist on being called 'meine grosse Kartoffle' (my big potatoe). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cynthia | 11/8/2013

    " OK, so I admit it. I gave up on this one. The plot was taking forever to get to, people kind of boring.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrienne | 10/26/2013

    " Another look at post war Europe "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phyllis | 10/4/2013

    " Gave up. Plot wandering, and characters totally unengaging. Booooring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 8/21/2013

    " Great Book. Makes you think. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tammie | 8/15/2013

    " I lost interest in this book easily. While there are parts of it I enjoyed, the story seems very choppy and at times hard to follow. I hate to quit reading a book before I'm finished, and that's the only reason I read the entire thing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 7/3/2013

    " Wandering plot with characters that didn't come alive for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louie Haltom | 5/11/2013

    " interesting story could have been better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 4/18/2013

    " The history of WWII hurt to listen to. I really enjoyed the reading. Want to know if she was a spy or not - left something to think about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 10/16/2012

    " An American citizen, exiled to the UK during World War II due to his German ancestry, meets and falls in love with the british widow of a German doctor. What constitutes nationality and where lies loyalty when both are suspected of being spies? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paige | 6/14/2012

    " Disappointing...interesting plot but characters vague. Didn't really care in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 4/28/2012

    " I found this book enjoyable enough, but it seemed to be building to something big and never quite got there. However, I really liked both of the main characters, and it's a novel with a good "atmosphere." I just wish that brooding atmosphere had had more pay off. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wiserblond | 7/7/2011

    " Who edited this? The story is so broken up and at times difficult to follow that eventually I found myself not even caring about the storyline because it was so disjointed! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nora | 4/21/2011

    " not good, could have been much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 9/24/2010

    " Great Book. Makes you think. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Edie | 8/14/2010

    " Spans two wars, but is very hard to follow characters and plot. Being a very concrete person, I don't like to "guess" what a story is all about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 8/4/2010

    " An American citizen, exiled to the UK during World War II due to his German ancestry, meets and falls in love with the british widow of a German doctor. What constitutes nationality and where lies loyalty when both are suspected of being spies? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tammie | 7/25/2010

    " I lost interest in this book easily. While there are parts of it I enjoyed, the story seems very choppy and at times hard to follow. I hate to quit reading a book before I'm finished, and that's the only reason I read the entire thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 7/8/2010

    " It always bothered me when the female character would call her love interest 'meine kleine kartoffle' (my little potatoe). If I was a guy I would at the least insist on being called 'meine grosse Kartoffle' (my big potatoe). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wiserblond | 4/19/2010

    " Who edited this? The story is so broken up and at times difficult to follow that eventually I found myself not even caring about the storyline because it was so disjointed! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paige | 1/13/2010

    " Disappointing...interesting plot but characters vague. Didn't really care in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 11/24/2009

    " The history of WWII hurt to listen to. I really enjoyed the reading. Want to know if she was a spy or not - left something to think about. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tara | 9/24/2009

    " Way too confusing.. One minutes everyone is killing everyone else.. Poles, Black Russians, White Russians, Red Russians, Germans.. Then everybody is at a costome party! I just didn't like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 9/16/2009

    " This book takes place in early twentieth-century Europe. The novel is about a British nurse who marries a German and their story as the move about during the first World War and after. "

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