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The Orphan's Tale

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Pam Jenoff

Narrated By: Jennifer Wydra, Kyla Garcia

Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises Limited

Date: February 2017

Duration: 12 hours 50 minutes

Summary:

A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan's Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival. Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.

Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.

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  • Jennifer B

    I liked the original plot of this book. It seemed very well researched. I wished for a bit more character development. I did not feel like there was enough explained about Astrid and Noa to justify the depth of their bond. As far a the narration, I don't know why they needed to do an accent for the character voices. I understand the main character were German, but I'm not sure the accent added anything to the story.

  • Karey C

    An unexpected ending. The book was engaging and a very good read.

  • Monica Estenson

    This was a great book. The narrator was great and it is a gripping story!!

  • Donna O\'Neil

    I really enjoyed listening to to this book, another tale of hardship during WWII. I have already listened to "The NIghtengale", and "Lilac Girls". The vivid description of the circus, at a time when Ringling Bros. is disbanding, put a deeper meaning on the close of a page of history. The lives of the performers are reminiscent of "Water for Elephants". The relationship between the two women is poignant and detailed, but the depth of some of the characters falls flat. The use of two narrators is effective. An easy entertaining listen, with a bit of a surprise ending, it is good fare for long hours on the road.

  • Robert Lipson

    This book is excellent, it should be a movie.