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The Collaborator

Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Based on astonishing true events set in the darkest days of World War II in Budapest, this is an enthralling story of heroism, vengeance, passion and betrayal.

An act of heroism, the taint of collaboration, a doomed love affair and an Australian woman who travels across the world to discover the truth....

It is 1944 in Budapest, and the Germans have invaded. Miklos Nagy risks his life and confronts the dreaded Adolf Eichmann in an attempt save thousands of Hungarian Jews from the death camps. But no one could have foreseen the consequences....

It is 2005 in Sydney, and Annika Barnett sets out on a journey that takes her to Budapest and Tel Aviv to discover the truth about the mysterious man who rescued her grandmother in 1944.

By the time her odyssey is over, history has been turned on its head, past and present collide and the secret that has poisoned the lives of three generations is finally revealed in a shocking climax that holds the key to their redemption.

©2019 Diane Armstrong (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing

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Could not finish

Unfortunately this important historical event has been lost in the attempt to dramatise it. While it should have been compelling listening I found the that the author had failed to capture what would have been the dept and feelings of fear and distress experienced during those days. The characters are shallow and the listener does not get the feeling of suffering they must have been experiencing. The reader is dull and boring. I found the voice most irritating and could not continue listening. Pity, could have been a great and valuable document to the hero who put himself at risk to help others. An opportunity lost!

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A great read based on fact and fictionaliise

real history coated in fiction to make the book an easy and enjoyable read on a very sad and horrifying time in Hungary in 1944 and continuing in Israel and Australia.

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Great read!! A lot of research was done by the author, very accurate account of the times.

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excellent

a marvelous story. has everything a story has. makes you realise what people went though. .makes you realise how lucky we are today. a love story heart break ing in places well worth listening to

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  • clarineo
  • 02-05-2020

Tedious

I suspected the ending early on but slogged through the unnecessary chapters and endlessly repetitive hand-wringing about the alleged collaborator. I was interested in the history, but the story into which it was woven could have been streamlined by 60%. If this hadn’t been good for falling asleep to, I would likely not have finished listening.

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  • Hayworth
  • 24-02-2020

Ruined by the reader

This is a terrific book, "factual fiction", a gripping story well told, if a little long. However, the whole experience was ruined for me by the absolutely awful reader, who seems unable to complete even the shortest sentence without drawing a new breath between two or three words. She sounds as if she's running a 10K race while reading the book. If I had the time, I would re-read the book in hard copy just to get this dreadful voice out of my mind.

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  • paula wright
  • 13-09-2019

Felt removed from the main. Characters

It felt distant to me. And the audio book too long. Fairly good story but the protagonist was 40 not 18. Controlled by her grandmother It had the potential to be better but I do appreciate the fact that it didn’t use profanity or linger on sexual issues. May give this writer another try

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-2019

Great read

Only negative is the performance was screechy at times throughout. Almost too dramatic and was distractive. But overall highly recommend.

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  • Patty Deffenbaugh Karber
  • 06-09-2019

powerful! good twist on an historic holocaust even

Most memorable is the heroines search for her purpose. couldn't put it down! must read.