Girl in the Blue Coat

  • by Monica Hesse
  • Narrated by Natalia Payne
  • 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An unforgettable story of bravery, grief, and love in impossible times.
The missing girl is Jewish. I need you to find her before the Nazis do.
Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion.
On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman's frantic plea to find a person - a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such dangerous work but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations that lead her into the heart of the resistance, open her eyes to the horrors of the Nazi war machine, and compel her to take desperate action.
Meticulously researched, intricately plotted, and beautifully written, Girl in the Blue Coat is an extraordinary, gripping audiobook from a bright new voice in historical fiction.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A most powerful book

Where does Girl in the Blue Coat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top 10% with Willa Cather and Kent Haruf

What was one of the most memorable moments of Girl in the Blue Coat?

there were many but I particularly appreciated the discussion following the ending.

Have you listened to any of Natalia Payne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Natalia was amazing. Pronouncing the Dutch words and making the story so vivid. I have not listened to her narrations before

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I was on a cruise in Tahiti so I listened at night. But I am on my second listening.

Any additional comments?

Thank you Monica for falling in love with the Dutch and presenting such a tumultuous time so well and powerfully.

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- Dory Lippert

A gripping Story of Love and War

Another reviewer did provide a spoiler for this book. Without reiterating it, I thoroughly understand why things unfolded the way they did. I enjoyed the author's sense of character, time and place. Her characters were mostly young people, trying to navigate a world at war, at an age when you think everything should be black and white and they realize, too late, that there's so many shades of gray.
I love the characters, their bravery, their cowardice... it's a young adult novel that will appeal to adults. The writing sucks you in and won't let go, the narration is good (with some imprecise dialogue and slightly-off accents). Well worth your time and credit.
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- Daryl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio