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Resistance Women

A Novel
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
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From the New York Times best-selling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, an enthralling historical saga that recreates the danger, romance, and sacrifice of an era and brings to life one courageous, passionate American - Mildred Fish Harnack - and her circle of women friends who waged a clandestine battle against Hitler in Nazi Berlin.

After Wisconsin graduate student Mildred Fish marries brilliant German economist Arvid Harnack, she accompanies him to his German homeland, where a promising future awaits. In the thriving intellectual culture of 1930s Berlin, the newlyweds create a rich new life filled with love, friendships, and rewarding work - but the rise of a malevolent new political faction inexorably changes their fate. 

As Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party wield violence and lies to seize power, Mildred, Arvid, and their friends resolve to resist. Mildred gathers intelligence for her American contacts, including Martha Dodd, the vivacious and very modern daughter of the US ambassador. Her German friends, aspiring author Greta Kuckoff and literature student Sara Weiss, risk their lives to collect information from journalists, military officers, and officials within the highest levels of the Nazi regime. 

For years, Mildred’s network stealthily fights to bring down the Third Reich from within. But when Nazi radio operatives detect an errant Russian signal, the Harnack resistance cell is exposed, with fatal consequences. 

Inspired by actual events, Resistance Women is an enthralling, unforgettable story of ordinary people determined to resist the rise of evil, sacrificing their own lives and liberty to fight injustice and defend the oppressed.

©2019 Jennifer Chiaverini (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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That was a hard slog!!

I did make it to the end!!

Were the characters fictional or nonfictional? I was surprised when I eventually made it to the end, but it was a hard slog.

If time is short then there are other alternatives.

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  • Rebecca Crockett
  • 11-06-2019

What a Book!

The book, Resistance Women is one of the best books I've read in awhile. Although the story is sad, the book is a page turner and I find myself not wanting to quit reading. Five star in all cases.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-2019

Informative, but oddly empty

This is an important book. Well researched, articulate, overall worth the read. But, by the end, I realized that I had not developed an emotional connection to the characters. They seemed like sketches of people rather than fully-articulated three-dimensional humans. After reading several other historical fiction books about this same era (I'm looking at you Kate Quinn, Olivia Hawker, Kate Atkinson), this one was the least engaging.

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  • S. Stein
  • 03-06-2019

A nice tribute to (relatively) unsung war heroes

A bit slow at first but leading to a very suspenseful denouement. I was glad to know about these non-fictional women and all they did to foil the Nazis.

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  • JeanAnn Trombley
  • 04-06-2019

One of THE best historical fiction WW2 books!

No words. 95% of this book is true and Saskia Maarleveld, my absolute favorite narrator, does a beautiful job. This book is heart stopping, and brings you right to the horror of the Nazis and the love and selflessness of the resistance. Cannot go wrong with this book. So sad it’s over. I learned so much about this infamous resistance cell. Wow!

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  • Lee Ann M
  • 07-06-2019

Amazing story! So heartwrenching

The perspective of an American and her circle of Resistance Women during the rise of Hitler and the Nazi's. Jennifer once again gets you connected with the characters in such a way that you feel like part of the story. I cried, I gasped, I shook my head in disbelief as to how the evilness of the Nazi's stole so many brave women, men and children from us. Thank you for bringing this perspective to us!

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  • stephanie L razzano
  • 29-06-2019

An historical fiction about a little known group of German resistance fighters

An interesting and well composed story about an heroic group of German resistance fighters, interwoven with the activities of the daughter of the last American Ambassador to the Third Reich.

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  • Sobrina M. Stahnke
  • 22-05-2019

Historical Novel in the Finest Sense

One of the best true stories you are likely to ever read. Excellent work. Most excellent.

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  • Mandy
  • 19-06-2019

Resist at all costs!

I was shocked and a little dismayed that I had never heard these women’s stories before reading this book... but that’s what happens when patriarchy and McCarthyism color your history. I will definitely be looking up the real history. I also really appreciate how well the author describes the rise of fascism in Germany and the real, fatal consequences of having a majority of the population either celebrate it or look the other way entirely. As we watch events unfold in the US and across the world with a resurgence of the far right, I hope we all have the courage of these women to continue to resist.

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  • Denice M. Thomas
  • 22-06-2019

Expected more

I read a lot of historical WW II fiction and so so expected much more from this book. The facts were there but story slow. Too many “Make Germany great again”. Leave your personal political feelings out. Would not recommend

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  • Fairsari
  • 15-06-2019

Compelling story

Truly enjoyed this novel on a few of the women who fought so bravely against the Nazis during WW 2. Based on true historical facts, the women, Greta, Martha and Mildred are depicted as dedicated, fearless women who fought along with their husbands, against the Hitler's reign of war and inhumanity. Itis a beautiful story of bravery which can only touch your heart as you read it.

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  • Mintychristine
  • 14-06-2019

A great war novel

Admittedly it took me few chapters to familiarize the characters but as soon as I understood the storyline I was amazed at the historical detail and totally enjoyed every moment Stayed awake in final chapters. Narrator is becoming brilliant with different accents