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An epic novel exposing the ugliness of war and the beauty of hope. The city of Kiev was bombed in Hitler's blitzkrieg across the Soviet Union, but the constant siege was only the beginning for her citizens. In this sweeping historical saga, Kelli Stuart takes the listener on a captivating journey into the little-known history of Ukraine's tragedies through the eyes of four compelling characters who experience the same story from different perspectives.
Maria Ivanovna is only 14 when the bombing begins and not much older when she is forced into work at a German labor camp. She must fight to survive and to make her way back to her beloved Ukraine.
Ivan Kyrilovich is falsely mistaken for a Jew and lined up with 34,000 other men, women, and children who are to be shot at the edge of Babi Yar, the "killing ditch." He survives, but not without devastating consequences.
Luda is 16 when German soldiers rape her. Now pregnant with the child of the enemy, she is abandoned by her father, alone, and in pain. She must learn to trust family and friends again and find her own strength in order to discover the redemption that awaits.
Frederick Hermann is sure in his knowledge that the Führer's plans for domination are right and just. He is driven to succeed by a desire to please a demanding father and by his own blind faith in the ideals of Nazism.
Based on true stories gathered from 15 years of research and interviews with Ukrainian World War II survivors, Like a River from Its Course is a story of love, war, heartache, forgiveness, and redemption.
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By DB on 05-07-18
Outstanding narrator of a compelling story.
You should listen to this book for no other reason than Romy Nordlinger. She is remarkable moving from character to character in her voice, but also emotion. She captures the moments of emotion that make the listener care about and for the characters in the book. For the most part the story moves quickly enough with just a little slower pace in the last few 2 or 3 chapters.
Eloquently written, Kelli Stuart does not sugar coat what was happening, and she identified the bad guys were not always German. A genuine look into what compels people forward while others simply die. Ms. Stuart weaves the story together in a believable fashion without reaching a cliche'd ending - rather the book finishes strong by examining the decisions made by people in desperate times that changed the course of family trees. Highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By andrea l on 02-02-18
One of the best books I've listened on Audible!
If you could sum up Like a River from Its Course in three words, what would they be?
Moving and well written.
What other book might you compare Like a River from Its Course to and why?
Beneath a Scarlet Sky - portrayed unlikely heroes in difficult times.
Any additional comments?
Can hardly wait to read or listen to a second book by this author.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful