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Nothing could keep Christopher and Rebecca apart: not her abusive parents, or even the fiancé she brought home after running away to England. But when World War II finally strikes the island of Jersey, the Nazi invaders ship Rebecca to Europe as part of Hitler’s Final Solution against the Jewish population.

After Christopher and his family are deported back to their native Germany, he volunteers for the Nazi SS, desperate to save the woman he loves. He is posted to Auschwitz and finds himself put in control of the money stolen from the victims of the gas chambers. As Christopher searches for Rebecca, he struggles to not only maintain his cover, but also the grip on his soul. Managing the river of tainted money flowing through the horrific world of Auschwitz may give him unexpected opportunities. But will it give him the strength to accept a brave new fate that could change his life - and others’ lives - forever?

©2014 Eoin Dempsey (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Heidi
  • Australia
  • 12-12-2016

WWII setting

The premise of Finding Rebecca and its WWII setting really appealed to me, and I was looking forward to reading it. However, I have found in the past that novels set in WWII, especially concerning the holocaust, rely hugely on the ability of the author to get the reader to connect with the characters to create a believable narrative set in an era that has been so extensively documented. There were two moments in the book where I felt a genuine emotional reaction - the times when Christopher had his back against the wall, feeling that all his efforts had come to nothing. For the rest of the book I really struggled to feel connected to any of the characters, who at times were rather wooden and bland, with their alleged love for each other and lust for life not communicated adequately. Despite some genuinely interesting historical details, I thought that some of the events described were extremely unlikely, given the circumstances at Auschwitz. So whilst parts of the book were intriguing and kept me reading on, I struggled with others, like the long prelude of Christopher and Rebecca's childhood, which didn't add much to the story. The ending was long-winded, repeating the same things over several times, and finally losing any emotional connection I might have felt. Overall, an ok read, but not a memorable one for me.

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  • christi
  • 28-12-2015

Needs more

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

As a huge fan of historical fiction primarily with WWII stories I found this story to be too far fetching to be believable. I enjoyed it enough to listen to it all the way through but there were too many powerful moments that I thought were too important to skip. I expected a lot more emotion from Christopher - I felt like it was more an outline of the events that happened -almost like a report. Dempsey fails to portray the raw emotion Christopher goes through after tragic events - for example, when another guy gets shot breaking into Christopher's office to save the little girl he was hiding there and cover Christopher's tracks for him you see no emotion or devastation after really - at least not to the point that you'd expect to him to go through once he is alone and has a chance to privately grieve over the events.

Another moment I was like "what?" was when Lahm tells Christopher he can see right through him during the card came. That really jumped out to me like something big was going to happen with that foreshadowing but nothing really transpired from it.

The end of the war, the aftermath and all that transpires is completely gone. Dempsey just jumps over all of that and picks up 13 years later. Why? That would be one heck of a story. Lets face it Christopher didn't really make any friends among the SS - He comes out of nowhere to "Canada" implements all these new procedures that completely change what some SS might think of as a "good operation" by taking away the perks of their job with random searches - busting a lot of guys with stealing etc etc. At the end of the war, it was every man for himself so when the time comes to point fingers and get themselves out of trouble, you would think a lot of SS men would like to see Christopher go down.

You would also think there would be a huge plot line with him saving all those children - I highly doubt in the real world that type of operation would go smoothly with no glitches or near disasters.

I think the story needed more depth, more emotion, and definitely more details. I wish we could of heard Rebecca's story from her viewpoint of what she was going through. At the end when we find out Rebecca is married, but is she really? Was it just part of her story? Everytime he pushed for detailed she deflects. Overall Dempsey gave us just the barebones of what could of been one hell of a story or stories for that matter. I loved where he was going as far as the concept but had he expanded and went a little deeper I think this could of been amazing.

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  • S06N
  • 04-11-2015

Immature Writing

Inexpertly researched, "sight-only" description, clumsy characterization, rushed plot and a weak premise, coupled with modern sensibilities smeared over 20th century scenes and dialogue that makes characters indistinguishable from each other. I wanted so badly to love this book, but bad writing ruined it in only six chapters.

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  • Delah
  • 23-01-2015

I couldn't finish it

The narrator was very good. That's all the good I have to say about this book. I listened for about an hour and 1/2 and then stopped. It just plodded along. I didn't think the character development was done very well. The author didn't engross me in the story. It seemed a bit disjointed. The story was about 9 hrs long and at 1.5 hrs in I was thinking either 'lets get this party started or hurry up and end.' I decided to end it early and put myself out of my misery.

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  • Ada Golden
  • 16-08-2018

Another good book

A good listen and the reader is great. A good way to spend an afternoon.

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  • Linda
  • 06-08-2018

A great story and history lesson. Loved it!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Well written and kept my interest. I love history and knowing more about the way of life in that era was very interesting.

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  • twin(b)
  • 01-08-2018

great

I cried I laughed I smile. wonderful story. the narrative was so good it was so hard to believe it was not more than one person

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-07-2018

Finding Rebecca

This book was a most wonderful read!!! We should never let our children forget that the HOLOCAUST
really happened! It would be a dishonor to all the beautiful souls that were so brutally killed during this most tragic period of history.

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  • kfallspaige
  • 23-07-2018

Compelling Historical Novel

This book a wonderful personalized story that is so well-researched and written that it might as well be true. I find it always important to be reminded of the horrors of the Nazi atrocities and this book brings them home in a very personal way. The characters are realistic and believable, and the story is presented in an engaging manner. I will not reveal the ending; the book keeps one listening until the very end! I have traveled to the Channel Islands in order to picture what happened when the Nazi troops occupied. Finding Rebecca sketches the conditions there very well, but only as much as required to impel the story.

It was shocking to read that this was the author's first novel! It is so mature and smooth in its presentation. My congratulations to Mr. Dempsey on this monumental achievement. The narration is very well done with just enough drama to inform the story. This was my first experience with Whispersync, and I appreciate the additional information contained in the introductory pages of the book--pages that are never included with just the audiobook.

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  • A Bennett 2
  • 19-07-2018

excellent

Never a struggle with this! Felt like I was listening to a memoir! I highly recommend it

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  • Ashley Pollard
  • 09-07-2018

enjoyed

very good book. was difficult to listen at some points based on the brutality portrayed - but of course all based on reality. the story was an interesting twist. finished actually hoping there would be a sequel!

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  • Carol
  • 27-10-2016

heartbreakingly sad

excellent read. sad, descriptive. a book that will stir so many emotions from happiness to anger and tearful