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The Girl with No Name

Narrated by: Bea Holland
Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (342 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Thirteen-year-old Lisa escapes from Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport and arrives in England in August 1939. She can't speak a word of English, and among her meagre belongings is one precious photograph of her family. But when the Blitz blows her new home apart, she wakes up in hospital with no memory of who she is.

The authorities give her a new name and despatch her to a children's home. With the war in full swing, what will become of Lisa now?

©2016 Diney Costeloe (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A powerful and moving account of the brutality of war itself." (Tony Benn on The Lost Soldier)
"This book bears powerful witness to a grave injustice." ( Martin Bell on The Lost Soldier)

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LOVED IT!

The best I have listened to! It really gave me a better understanding of what it must have been like living during the blitz - and you could feel the fear people must have felt. It was a good performance by the reader and I highly recommend this book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A fascinating exploration of how war affects,those left behind

This Story explores in detail the experiences of the civilian population of London during the War.The reader begins the journey from Germany to England through the eyes of a young girl as anti Judaism rises..There is compassion but there is also the wide gamut of human nature,good & bad! The growth of the young girl into an adult,mirrors change,just asLondon & surrounds are transformed .A very compelling novel well performed.

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A must listen!

A really wonderful story filled with great characters as it twists and turns and delivers insight into the lives of people during WWII.
The performance of Bea Holland for each character was infallible and highly entertaining.
I highly recommend this book.

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Great voice, interesting story

The voices in this were nicely done, I've enjoyed the book very much. Good story, all the ends were neatly tucked in. The good guys triumph and the baddie is banished, what more could you want?

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Great read!

Loved this book. What a lovely story entwining many lives. Well written, easy to listen to. Highly recommended.

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  • audieJ
  • Tauranga NZ
  • 05-11-2016

great book loved the book

Just finish the girl with no name. It's about a German girl that was evacuated to London in the second world war. And how she over come some people hating her because she was German. She went through a lot of up and down. This book will make you cry laugh and smile with happiness. 5 star from me.

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So good I listened to it twice!!

About to read the sequel, so re-listened to this first book. Enjoyed it thoroughly and can’t wait to hear what happened to the outstanding characters. Great story. Fabulous narration.

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I couldn't stop listening

Really great book, good account of The Blitz. The sad realities of WW2 portrayed but also the joys.

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Ab Fab

It was a great read loved every minute of the story. I will be looking for more books from Diney Casteloe

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Average all round

Not my favourite story. I didn’t feel any affection for Lisa/Charlotte, and found it difficult to believe her foster parents “loved” her so readily. Possibly because of underdeveloped character descriptions.
The book has some interesting historical descriptions (though they are quite well known) and feels like its trying to be suspenseful but never makes the grade. Harry cannot decide if he will be a hero or criminal, and both Lisa and him maintain the same lack of English while claiming to be learning the language very fast. Overall the book will likely appeal to a youthful (late teen)audience.
I wanted to know how it ended, yet found myself scoffing quite often.

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  • lily
  • 23-02-2017

Repetitive.

The narrators London accent of the characters was incredibly annoying and her German accent for that matter. Extremely repetitive and would explain everything to the T no room for your own imagination.

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  • Magic Maggie
  • 14-09-2016

Girl with no name!

This is a very good book...I was kept interested all the way through! The narrator is very good and portrayed all the characters with different voices which added greatly to the enjoyment of the story.

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  • Ingrid
  • 28-11-2016

I just loved it

What made the experience of listening to The Girl with No Name the most enjoyable?

The love, grief, happiness, all it's twist and turns. Great WW2 book. Can't say to much don't want to spoil anything :-)

What other book might you compare The Girl with No Name to, and why?

The English Girl. Not the same, but still a lot of the same

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes I really had a problem with putting it down

Any additional comments?

Just read it

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • cecilia stewart
  • 01-10-2016

Perfect read

There has been so many books written about WW2 which I always enjoy,but This Book had something else to offer would recommend

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Patricia G Prince
  • 31-08-2016

Don't miss it.

Costeooe captures the emotional rollercoaster of one girls life and bringsntomlife the realities of war torn Britian.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Sigrin
  • 10-11-2017

German Jewish refugees new life is war torn England’s


This is the second Diney Costeloe novel I have listened to,.She certainly knows how to write a great story

This story is of a young German Jewish girl evacuated to London, from Germany at the onset of WW2. Great characters brought to life by the excellent narration of Bea Holland.

Some may call it older chick lit, knock if you want but it is still a very good story.

I think I will go on to read the sequel to this, called Married girls to see what’s in store for Lise/Charlotte and the other characters.

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  • Dave
  • 03-02-2017

brilliant story

loved everything about the book. couldn't stop listening to it. the voice was good too

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-01-2017

Fantastic!!!

Wow! What can I say??? What a beautiful, tragic but heart warming story, the Throw away children by Diney Costeloe was excellent & this one was just as or even more so....
Brilliant narration by Bea Holland also & I just couldn't stop listening to this extraordinary story of Lisa/Charlottes life.
I highly recommend The girl with no name, I'm only sorry that I have finished it now & wait with anticipation to listen to another Diney Costeloe novel......ENJOY!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-09-2016

A fabulous listen

I loved listening to this book, with all its twists & turns. I really didn't want it to end

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Jane Austin
  • 19-09-2016

The Girl with No Name

I really enjoyed this book. The story was very moving and the narration excellent. It showed how terrible it was for the German Jews and the appalling bombing in London. I would recommend it wholeheartedly.

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  • Katerina
  • 16-02-2017

Brilliant story

Excellent story, rich and well narrated. All characters so genuine, fantastic story line. well done

4 of 5 people found this review helpful