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Black Roses Audiobook

Black Roses

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Publisher's Summary

Berlin, 1933. Aspiring actress Clara Vine arrives in Berlin to find work at the famous Ufa studios. Through a chance meeting, she is unwillingly drawn into a circle of Nazi wives, led by Magda Goebbels. British Intelligence officer Leo Quinn sees Clara as the perfect recruit to spy on her new elite friends. But then Magda reveals to Clara a dramatic secret and entrusts her with an extraordinary mission.

©2013 Thynker Ltd (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"The crosscurrents and dangers of the build-up to war are established with expertise and not a little menace. Terrific." (Elizabeth Buchan for Sunday Times)

"Thynne's thriller is strong on the city’s paranoia, and its exploration of the Third Reich’s bizarre attitude to women gives it an original take on Nazi Germany" (Mail on Sunday)

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    Hugh Ekeberg 29/09/2016
    Hugh Ekeberg 29/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Did not go anywhere."
    Would you ever listen to anything by Jane Thynne again?

    No not after this one.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was very slow to build then at the end fizzled like a wet fire cracker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynnette Dyer New Zealand 19/09/2016
    Lynnette Dyer New Zealand 19/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent story"

    Full marks to the reader who made the entire story so easy to listen to. I would never have finished the book if not audio. Knowing it's all based on fact makes the story quite thrilling - such brave spies . Will read the series over time.
    Lcdee

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    Lilania Kershaw 08/06/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic read"

    Really well researched and written. Can't wait for the next one.
    Throughly enjoyed it. Great narrator.

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  • Sandra
    Enniscorthy, Ireland
    8/07/14
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    "A gripping read"
    What made the experience of listening to Black Roses the most enjoyable?

    Authentic, atmospheric and great story line. Wonderfully brave heroine with delicious love scenes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clara. A complicated yet open and brave character.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The intimate meetings with Magda Goebbels


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Her love affaire


    Any additional comments?

    I will be reading this book again in time

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • RK
    Brighton, United Kingdom
    5/02/15
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    "Mixed Bouquet"
    Would you listen to Black Roses again? Why?

    No. I really enjoyed the story but several careless mispronunciations and breaks at the wrong points of sentences made it frustrating. Although I want to read more Clara Vine adventures I'll be getting text copies rather than audio for this reason.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes the pace was fine it was just the errors mentioned earlier that were irksome. One good thing was that the narrator didn't attempt comedy German accents but just gave people different voices (not always different enough for me though).


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    One of the pleasures of this book was that it took several topics and themes with the potential for melodrama and presented them in an interesting but not emotionally manipulative way. Reflecting how Magda Goebbels is presented perhaps - a very odd, eventful life but a veneer of cold glamour.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the passages about cinema; details of the studios, mentions of German stars and directors of the time and would have liked more of these kinds of things.
    Basically cinema, spies and inter-war Europe are my favourite themes so in that way this book was a delight though the character of Clara needed a bit more oomph.

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  • Amanda
    Ringwood, United Kingdom
    9/08/14
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    "Fascinating"

    This is an interesting and sometimes compelling book about a period of history I knew little about. However, it has a very unsatisfactory ending and this is why I did not rate it totally five stars

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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