The War That Saved My Life

  • by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Narrated by Jayne Entwistle
  • 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson's Sons and for fans of Number the Stars.
Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn't waste a minute - she sneaks out to join him.
So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan - and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?
This masterful work of historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity - a classic in the making.


What the Critics Say

"With her skillful presentation of true-to-life characters, Entwistle's narration is totally compelling." (AudioFile)


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Pure Gold--Heartwarming and Memorable!

I knew I would love this audiobook even before I started it. I was transported to another place and time, and I couldn't stop listening. The time flew by and before I knew it, I had finished this gem. I just might have to go back and read it again!

This book is suitable for folks of all ages. In summary, it tells the story of Ada, a 10 year old girl living in London with her mother and brother at the start of World War II. Ada's mother is hateful and crass and is embarrassed by Ada's clubfoot. As a result, Ada is kept in the house, treated as a subhuman, and as a result, thought by the neighbors to be mentally deficient.

It is no wonder that Ada and her 6 year old brother sneak out of the house and join the other local children who are being transported to the safety of the countryside to avoid the anticipated London bombings. It is in the country, with initially reluctant caretaker, Susan Smith, that Ada begins to find her self-worth and see the world for the first time. Susan herself is not without problems, being something of an outsider like Ada. That is why it is so magical that Ada and Susan found each other. There were times that I just wanted to hug Susan (and of course, Ada, too, for different reasons.)

Jayne Entwistle provides an expert narration capturing the real spirit of Ada. All in all, this was a wonderful, magical book. I am so glad I found it!
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- Kathy "Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy."

I never wanted it to end

I don't usually read much fiction, but do enjoy a great story with an excellent narrator. I would give this audiobook 10 stars if I could. The story is both warm and heartbreaking and the narrator is perfect. I just finished it and am close to tears because I enjoyed it so much and never wanted it to end.
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- C. Beaton

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-08-2015
  • Publisher: Listening Library