The True Story of Hansel and Gretel

  • by Louise Murphy
  • Narrated by Michael Page
  • 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the last months of the Nazi occupation of Poland, two children are left by their father and stepmother to find safety in a dense forest. Because their real names will reveal their Jewishness, they are renamed "Hansel" and "Gretel". They wander in the woods until they are taken in by Magda, an eccentric and stubborn old woman called "witch" by the nearby villagers. Magda is determined to save them, even as a German officer arrives in the village with his own plans for the children.
Combining classic themes of fairy tales and war literature, Louise Murphy's haunting novel of journey and survival, of redemption and memory, powerfully depicts how war is experienced by families and especially by children. The True Story of Hansel and Gretel tells a resonant, riveting story.


What the Critics Say

"Lyrical, haunting, unforgettable." (Kirkus, Starred Review)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great narration; content disturbing

I almost didn't finish listening to this book; the content and details were extremely graphic and upsetting. The story was engaging. Another example of the horrors of war and, sadly, pertinent in our world today.
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- mary

although tough truths, story is interesting.

I had a hard time listening to war realities. Very good mixing the story with history. I did want to know about the characters.
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- Kelly Rodono

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-09-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio