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In early 1943, Magda Ritter's parents send her to relatives in Bavaria, hoping to keep her safe from the Allied bombs strafing Berlin. Young German women are expected to do their duty - working for the Reich or marrying to produce strong, healthy children. After an interview with the civil service, Magda is assigned to the Berghof, Hitler's mountain retreat. Only after weeks of training does she learn her assignment: she will be one of several young women tasting the Führer's food, offering herself in sacrifice to keep him from being poisoned.
Perched high in the Bavarian Alps, the Berghof seems worlds away from the realities of battle. Though terrified at first, Magda gradually becomes used to her dangerous occupation - though she knows better than to voice her misgivings about the war. But her love for a conspirator within the SS and her growing awareness of the Reich's atrocities draw Magda into a plot that will test her wits and loyalty in a quest for safety, freedom, and, ultimately, vengeance.
Vividly written and ambitious in scope, The Taster examines the harrowing moral dilemmas of war in an emotional story filled with acts of extraordinary courage.
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By Sara on 02-10-18
A MUST READ!!!!!
OMG!!!! The Taster should be mandatory reading for every person today. This book does a phenomenal job of showing what can happen when people are complacent and desperate. Even good people can be misguided and do horrific things and with the right tools evil can be brought out of almost anybody. V.S. Alexander really brings the reader into the mindset of 1940s Germany and shines light on how something as bad as the Holocaust came to be and could come again. This book changed how I look at the world and I hope I always have the guts to speak up when I see wrong in the world.
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By Amazon Customer on 03-08-18
Good story but I didn't like the narration.
The plot moves at a good pace and has several compelling moments. At times though, there are sudden jumps in the character conflict that made me feel as if I had accidentally fast-forwarded through a chapter. I think I would have liked this book more if I had read instead of listened to it. The narrator's voice is raspy and grated on my ears.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful