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Inga survives Buchenwald with a lot of help from Himmler's cousin, Fritz, who she loves from childhood. Many years after the war, Inga is a successful attorney like her father was before the Nazi's took everything from them. She is presented with an opportunity to defend a man she believes is wrongly accused of murder. Can she defend a man she knows is guilty of murder and rape during the war just because she doesn't believe he committed the actual murder he was arrested for?
Much of this story is inaccurate to the time period and some of the dialogue is cringe worthy. The terms used during the more sexual parts are not terms used during the time the author is writing about. The WWII bits and the Nazi parts are more believable. I also had a hard time with the fact that all of the characters ended up in the same part of California after the war.
The narration was stilted, as others have observed, though it did get better when people were actually speaking. It did not detract from the listen or take me out of the story. It just wasn't great and did not add to the enjoyment of the listen for me. I did listen on 1.5 speed.
I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.
What did you like best about Second Chances? What did you like least?
I liked Mr. Nevitt's German accent. I did not like the robotic rhythm he used during the entire narration. I enjoyed most of the dialogue portions, but every time he began the narration parts he resorted back to the robotic rhythm.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
I liked the history about the camps and how Jews were treated. I wanted more references. I found portions of the story to be out of place...some things that were said and situations could have better reflected the time period. Instead, there situations where I felt time warped to modern language in both relational circumstances between men/women and in dialog. I found this a little awkward and disappointing.
What aspect of Bill Nevitt’s performance would you have changed?
Robotic rhythm of non-dialogue portions. The characters of Fritz, Max and Inga at times was too non-chalant. It didn't fit the scene or the character.
Any additional comments?
I received this copy via audiobook boom in exchange for an unbiased review.