Playing with Matches

  • by Lee Strauss
  • Narrated by Bruce Wiebe
  • 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Heinz Schultz's word could send a man to prison. Though only a youth of 15, he was strong, tall, and blond. The boys in his Deutsches Jungvolk unit esteemed him and feared him.
And they wanted to be just like him.
Emil Radle wanted to be just like him.
A dedicated member of Hitler Youth, Emil was loyal to the Fuehrer before family, a champion for the cause and a fan of the famous Luftwaffe air force.
Emil's friends Moritz and Johann discover a shortwave radio and everything changes. Now they listen to the forbidden BBC broadcast of news reports that tell both sides. Now they know the truth.
The boys along with Johann's sister Katharina, band together to write out the reports and covertly distribute flyers through their city. It's an act of high treason that could have them arrested - or worse.
As the war progresses, so does Emil's affection for Katharina. He'd do anything to have a normal life and to stay in Passau by her side. But when Germany's losses become immense, even their greatest resistance can't prevent the boys from being sent to the Eastern Front.

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Excellent historical fiction

I read Playing with Matches 2 years ago and just recently received an advanced copy of the audiobook. It was such a great opportunity to hear the accents for the German characters. It made me more aware of the main characters' young ages.

I was once again convinced that wars are the worst solutions for political disagreements. It is the poorest people who pay the highest price for wars. Thank you, Lee Strauss, for writing such an amazing story about World War II. Also thanks to Bruce Wiebe for the touching narration.
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- AZ Janet "I've been a book lover ever since I found my first library in Broken Bow, OK. I was just 5 years old, but I lived 2 blocks away. Now I'm 62!"

very good

very good narration. great storytelling. i highly recommend this series Thank you lee Strauss for the tremendous book
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- Kelly watley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-29-2016
  • Publisher: ESB Publishing