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I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The subject was fascinating. However, although Napoleon Ryan did a very nice job with the narration, about one third of the hundreds of times he said “she” it sounded like he said “he.” It was really distracting! Maybe it was the recording equipment he used. But don’t let this keep you from listening to the book. It’s a wonderful historical fiction novel about World War II with a strong female protagonist.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Would you be willing to try another one of Napoleon Ryan’s performances?
Absolutely not. I actually think I might have liked this book if I'd read it myself, and might just do that. His voice grated from the first second I heard it, and I never got used to it. I understand that it's a dramatic book on a dramatic topic, but he speaks SO SLOWLY and the way that he lowers the inflection of his voice at the end of every sentence was ridiculously annoying to me. It served to make every sentence, even the most mundane, "She went to the cabinet." sound ominous, and it irritated me to no end. The over-dramatization of absolutely everything was unreal. I sped the book up as much as I could handle, and still I could not take his delivery. The story itself might not be that bad, but I could not focus on anything but how much I hated his voice. The only reason I made it within a few chapters of the end was because I was trapped on a long flight with nothing else to listen to. The only thing worse than his voice was the narration of her voice. Humans don't speak like that - no one (thank God) has that breathy a voice. Do yourself a favor and read this on your own. Avoid the audiobook at all costs.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Good story, reminding us that Hitler's brutal regime extended to his own people - those who disagreed and those born with disabilities both mental and physical.