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Author: Jenna Blum Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2016 ISBN: 9781436151337
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Trudy, a college history professor, is collecting oral histories from World War II survivors (both German and Jewish). Her mother, Anna, refuses to talk to her, but Anna’s story is revealed in flashback. She conducted an affair with a Jewish baker who was summarily killed. Afterward, Anna caught the eye of a high-ranking Nazi officer. She was coerced into an abusive affair with him, which she went along with in order to ensure her survival - and that of her baby.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 2/15/2014

    " Yep. I know people like this, who choose to never speak about things which are terrible, haunting, or even just merely uncomfortable, rather than just "poop it all out on the table" as my friend likes to say. What a burden. Wow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chez | 2/10/2014

    " The Depravity of Man, as seen in the microcosm of one young German woman's survival through the dark days of WWII. It is impossible for me to judge the choices of one who had no power over her life and her child's life during that period of time, nor do I insist she 'unburden' herself by confessing all the ugliness to her daughter later. I was left feeling that something else should happen, although I cannot think of what. I really liked the style of conversation without quotations. I will be thinking about this one for a long time, which is a sign of a good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 2/7/2014

    " Tough material. And I thought I'd read enough Holocaust/WWII novels and memoirs to not be surprised anymore. I loved how the author took us back and forth from the past and the present in two different voices, and didn't tie it up too neatly in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/7/2014

    " Very well written, but a difficult story to read for me because of the graphic content. I had to put the book down several times to read something else that was not so depressing. I just can't understand how people can get to this level of pure evil. I wasn't as satisfied with the ending as I would have liked, but then I guess I couldn't expect such an emotionally complicated story to be wrapped up with a fairytale ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 1/28/2014

    " This was a very interesting book from the view of a daughter and her feelings about her mom and her mom's past during WWII. She did not know anything about what her mom did to keep her safe and cared for but had some preconceived notions that were completely off base. It is not until the daughter is doing research and interviewing people who were in Germany during the war that she finally finds out the truth and the extent her mother went to to make sure she grew up at all. It was a good book and I would recommend it highly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/22/2014

    " this was one of my all time favorite books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/8/2014

    " I've read a lot of books about WWII, specifically the Holocaust. This book was a little different. The story focused on the German residents of a town near a death camp and what they suffered as a result of the war and its attendant atrocities. What struck me was how Anna's experiences scarred her and also scarred Trudy, her daughter. There is a starkness about this novel that made me cold physically. Perhaps is was because much of it took place in the winter. The author presents some ethical dilemmas, asking what lengths we go to to protect those we love. The book has been criticized for its graphic sexual details. I did not find that offensive or offputting. It was part of the book and was more akin to rape than anything remotely titillating. All in all, a good read and I would recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darcie | 1/8/2014

    " I loved this book. It was such an interesting perspective and although, at times it was very disturbing, the story of mother and daughter, Anna and Trudie, was not lost in the horror of the time. Highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/8/2014

    " This book helped me put the events of Nazi Germany in better perspective. It isn't that it makes you agree with what was done, but you certainly understand better what took place. Tragic, but worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 9/8/2013

    " Fascinating subject matter. A bit slow at times, but I really enjoyed it in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 8/25/2013

    " Good read about the average German's citizen to World War2 amd the holocaust. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 6/28/2013

    " Great Book... one of my favorites. Another viewpoint for the Holocaust. Read Read Read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 5/20/2013

    " Wow! Great discussion can come out of this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsey | 3/16/2013

    " An interesting perspective. I can't say, that had I been in Anna's position, I would not have done the same exact thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecie | 3/14/2013

    " I was a little disappointed with the ending, but otherwise couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 3/14/2013

    " Liked the book, would even give it 4.5 stars. liked the way it alternated between Anna's and Trudy's stories. thought-provoking... what would you do in these situations? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mirjam | 1/16/2013

    " Indrukwekkend verhaal over een Duitse vrouw in de tweede Wereldoorlog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 10/25/2012

    " Thoughtful historical fiction about the unfathomable choices that had to be made by both Jews and Aryans during the late 1930s and World War II, and the damage those choices wrought, as well as the acts of kindness and compassion that revealed the better angels of human nature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 3/13/2012

    " a very good book, but I'm a bit tired of Holocaust novels. I've read several in a row. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I'd read it at a different time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 2/23/2012

    " I really liked this book. I'm getting more and more interested in historic fiction. Recommend this highly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 4/27/2011

    " What a Remarkable novel. One of the best I feel I've ever read. Remarkable. Disturbing. Horrifying. Painful. Utterly compelling. Shocking. Upsetting. Incredible. Remarkable. I haven't fully gathered my thoughts on it, there are so many! I am very glad I finally read this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/7/2010

    " Brilliant write. Brilliant story. A must read. Probably one of the best book club reads to date "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 8/5/2010

    " well written and easy to read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia | 2/25/2010

    " One of the best books I have ever read!! Would not recommend to younger readers due to explicit sections. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marla | 2/12/2010

    " A. MAZ. ING. Loved this book, loved the characters. Especially Anna. Beware--there are several graphic sex scenes in this book, but interestingly enough--they are not the focus. Fantastic novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/13/2009

    " it was a neat story idea, but poorly written. the ending was just too convenient. "

About the Author

Jenna Blum is the New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers. She has been writing professionally since she was sixteen, when her short story “The Legacy of Frank Finklestein” won Seventeen magazine’s national fiction contest. She earned her BA from Kenyon College and her MA from Boston University. 

About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren, award-winning narrator, has over thirty years of experience in narration. She was named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine in 2019. She has won the American Foundation for the Blind’s Scourby Award for Narrator of the Year, AudioFile magazine named her the 2009 Best Voice in Nonfiction & Culture, and she is the recipient of multiple Earphones Awards. She performs on and off Broadway and in regional theaters and has appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas.