The Girl from Krakow

  • by Alex Rosenberg
  • Narrated by Michael Page
  • 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's 1935. Rita Feuerstahl comes to the university in Krakow intent on enjoying her freedom. But life has other things in store - marriage, a love affair, a child, all in the shadows of the oncoming war. When the war arrives, Rita is armed with a secret so enormous that it could cost the Allies everything, even as it gives her the will to live. She must find a way both to keep her secret and to survive amid the chaos of Europe at war. Living by her wits among the Germans as their conquests turn to defeat, she seeks a way to prevent the inevitable doom of Nazism from making her one of its last victims. Can her passion and resolve outlast the most powerful evil that Europe has ever seen?
In an epic saga that spans from Paris in the '30s and Spain's Civil War to Moscow, Warsaw, and the heart of Nazi Germany, The Girl from Krakow follows one woman's battle for survival as entire nations are torn apart, never to be the same.

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Not worth my time, even though it was on sale.

The Publisher’s Summary (above) is misleading. I got the impression that this book would be about WW-II and the main character, The Girl from Krakow, was a spy or someone caught up in a plot. This isn’t even a rough description of this story.

First, the fact that Rita knows a secret that could cost the Allies the war has nothing at all to do with her behavior, decisions, nor anything else in the course of the story.

Second, the secret that Rita learns is actually so enormous that absolutely no one who was privy to it would tell someone like Rita under ANY circumstances. When it’s revealed to Rita the realism of the book is destroyed.

Last, this is a chick book. There is almost no action, and most of the book is about relationships and feelings, primarily those of Rita. As Sara points out in her review dated 7 May 2016, Rita’s relationships and feelings are pretty disgusting, and they are used to justify several repulsive actions.

I wanted to give up on this book after about two or three hours but stuck it out because it was well written and because I thought the ending might justify the time I spent listening.

It didn’t.

The narrator is very good, even though he could do a bit better at differentiating among the various characters’ voices. His pronunciation of the German words was flawless.

-- Loren
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- Loren

Good story - odd narration

I found the story interesting and engaging. However, the very proper British gentleman narrating made it a bit difficult for me to appreciate the emotions and thoughts of the primary character. He sounded as if he were reading a technical journal while relating some very intimate and emotional scenes.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2015
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio