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The Violin Maker's Daughter

Narrated by: Annie McKenzie
Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Publisher's Summary

When the Nazis march onto the cobbled streets of Colmar on November 1st 1940, Josef, a Jewish violin maker, gathers his wife and daughters closely to him and tells them everything will be alright. 

But one year later, three sharp knocks on the door at midnight turn his 17-year-old daughter Sarah’s world upside down. As the oldest child, Sarah must be the first to leave her family, to make her escape in a perilous journey across France via Paris to Poitiers. And she must hide who she is and take a new name for her own safety. For now, bilingual Sarah is no longer a French Jew but a German girl. 

As she bids farewell to her beloved father and family, Sarah has hope, against all odds, that she will see them again when the war is over. But, travelling through the mountains she finds herself in terrible danger and meets Ralf, a German deserter, who risks his own life to save her. 

Ralf and Sarah continue their journey together, keeping their identities secret at all cost. But when Ralf is captured, will Sarah pay the ultimate price for sharing who she really is? 

A gripping and heartbreaking account of love, bravery, and sacrifice during the terror of war. A story of standing up for what you believe in, even if it’s going to break your heart. Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Ragged Edge of Night.

©2019 Sharon Maas (P)2019 Bookouture

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  • paula wright
  • 26-07-2019

Don’t give up on the book. It gets real good

I got very tired of listening to the main characters foolish self centered constant complaining that I almost quit listening to it and getting my credit back. Endless going on and putting people in danger She had to learn the hard way. After she comes into her more mature self the story really takes off and I hated to see it end. Excellent epilogue. t
Look forward to more from this author

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  • Rodney & Jennifer C
  • 13-08-2019

Great story with one flaw!

While I enjoyed the story over all and the narration was amazing, I wish the writer had focused less on the naïveté of Sarah. I realize that it was important to the story but it took up way too much time in the story. Then to have it change instantly just to return was annoying.

I wish the author had spent yet as much time developing all of her characters as she did this one.

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  • Beth
  • 26-07-2019

riveting

this was the first time in a long time I couldn't put the book down. I liked that the characters had flaws. at times the story seemed a bit simplistic but I didn't mind. the story moved along at a nice pace.

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  • Jennifer
  • 11-08-2019

Maddening

I can’t get enough historical fiction surrounding WW2. However, this book had a main character far too distracting to qualify as such. While I understand she was written intentionally as annoyingly immature, it simply went too far and it was hard to get caught up in the complete story. I found it unbelievable that anyone could fall so head over heels in love with Sarah when their only experiences with her were overwhelmed by her ridiculous demeanor. It simply wasn’t fathomable. I also felt the Monique angle wasn’t fleshed out - just a few weak nods. I am curious if actually reading the book in print would take some of the whine out of Sarah - but I don’t think I’ll do that experiment.

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  • Daniela Laws
  • 02-08-2019

WONDERFUL!

I have listened to my share of WWII novels and this one ranks at the top of my list! Enjoy good performance of a unique and unforgettable story!

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  • Andres Barron
  • 01-08-2019

ok

Entertaining . It started slow but really sped up and kept you on the edge of the seat