The Undesirables

  • by Chad Thumann
  • Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld
  • 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the winter of 1941-1942, Leningrad is under siege, and Karen Hamilton, a seventeen-year-old American musician, finds herself trapped and struggling to survive. Throughout the city, people are dying of starvation and frostbite, and Karen knows that if she doesn't escape immediately, she will share their fate. If she has any hope of leaving Russia and reuniting with her fiancé, Bobby, in New York, she must do the impossible: cross enemy lines and then stow away.
On her harrowing journey, Karen encounters Petr, a young conscripted Russian soldier. She isn't sure she can trust him - he is equally wary of her. But as the two join forces in order to stay alive, an unexpected romance takes root.
Now, as Karen gets closer to the reality of escape, she has a choice to make: Will she return to a safe life in America with Bobby, or remain in war-torn Russia with Petr?


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Lame Romance Novel set in WW2 Russia

If you like romances - does he love me? does she love me? (rinse, repeat, repeat) then this novel might be your thing.

But if you think this will be a decent war novel with a plausible story line, then you will be sadly disappointed. Ridiculous plot holes, including: a) the U.S.'s assessment of Soviet strength is primarily based on letters between the two lovers where she mentions conditions in Leningrad, b) laughably lax security as our two main characters travel around wartime Russia, etc.
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- James


I loved this book. I could not wait to come back to it. I loved that it followed up with a historical notes, as well, discussing the fictional vs historical aspects of the story. I generally do not enjoy stories that switch perspectives, but this one was done particularly well. I felt as though it greatly enhanced the story to gain insight into each character's perspective.

Saskia does a great job with the performance, as well. I actually came to this book after doing a search of other books she had narrarated because I liked the last one of hers that I listened to.
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- Belinda Beedle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-18-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio