Skeletons at the Feast

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Chris Bohjalian

Narrated By: Mark Bramhall

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: May 2008

Duration: 12 hours 0 minutes


In January 1945, in the waning months of World War II, a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives: an attempt to cross the remnants of the Third Reich, from Warsaw to the Rhine if necessary, to reach the British and American lines.

Among the group is eighteen-year-old Anna Emmerich, the daughter of Prussian aristocrats. There is her lover, Callum Finella, a twenty-year-old Scottish prisoner of war who was brought from the stalag to her family’s farm as forced labor. And there is a twenty-six-year-old Wehrmacht corporal, who the pair know as Manfred–who is, in reality, Uri Singer, a Jew from Germany who managed to escape a train bound for Auschwitz.

As they work their way west, they encounter a countryside ravaged by war. Their flight will test both Anna’s and Callum’s love, as well as their friendship with Manfred–assuming any of them even survive.

Perhaps not since The English Patient has a novel so deftly captured both the power and poignancy of romance and the terror and tragedy of war. Skillfully portraying the flesh and blood of history, Chris Bohjalian has crafted a rich tapestry that puts a face on one of the twentieth century’s greatest tragedies–while creating, perhaps, a masterpiece that will haunt readers for generations.


  • Anonymous

    I thought I had learned or heard about all of the atrocities committed by Hitler and the Nazis in World War II. This book not only reminds one of the INSANE treatment and exterminations of human beings, but also tells the story of a normal, non-Jewish, German family. It's a side that I have often wondered about. How could regular German citizens ever have let this happen? How could they have followed and believed so blindly in Hitler?

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