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The Award Audiobook

The Award

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Publisher's Summary

Capturing historical events, terrifying moments of danger, tragedy, the price of war, and the invincible spirit of a woman of honor, The Award is a monumental tale from one of our most gifted storytellers - Danielle Steel's finest, most emotionally resonant novel yet.

Gaëlle de Barbet is sixteen years old in 1940 when the German army occupies France and frightening changes begin. She is shocked and powerless when French gendarmes take away her closest friend, Rebekah Feldmann, and her family, and send them to a detention camp for deportation to an unknown, ominous fate.

The local German military commandant makes Gaëlle's family estate outside Lyon into his headquarters. Her father and brother are killed by the Germans; her mother fades away into madness and ill health. Trusted friends and employees become traitors. And by accident, Gaëlle begins a perilous journey with the French Resistance, hoping to save lives to make up for the beloved friend she could do nothing to help.

Taking terrifying risks, Gaëlle becomes a valuable member of the Resistance, fearlessly delivering Jewish children to safety underneath the eyes of the Gestapo and their French collaborators. Then she is suddenly approached by the German commandant with an astonishing and dangerous plan to save part of France's artistic heritage as the Germans withdraw. And once again, her life is on the line. Conducted in secret, flawlessly carried out, her missions for the Resistance change her life and mark her for years. She is falsely accused of collaboration at the end of the war, and flees Lyon in disgrace, orphaned and alone. She goes to Paris to put the war behind her and begin a new life, with the ghosts of the past always close at hand.

Gaëlle's life will take her from Paris to New York, from a career as a Dior model to marriage and motherhood, unbearable loss, and mature, lasting love. She returns to Paris to run a small museum, honoring victims of the Holocaust. She has never sought recognition for her courage during the war years she can never forget. Her label as a collaborator remains, until her granddaughter, a respected political journalist, is determined that past wrongs finally be made right, and her grandmother's brave acts be recognized. Now a grateful nation will finally acknowledge this remarkable woman. At last, she is absolved and honored as the war hero she was.

©2016 Danielle Steel (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Amazon Customer 03/01/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful book"

    I loved this book, the story and characters felt real, and spent the the few chapters in tears, a really good read didn't want it to end

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    Petra 03/01/2017 Member Since 2015

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    "bravery ... has so many meanings.."
    Where does The Award rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say The Award is in my top 10 of favourite audiobooks as we not only seen a brief glimpse into the life of the main character but the author took us on a journey throughout her life .. we were able to see her at her happiest but yet it was the hardest of times which made her the person she turned out to be..


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gaëlle de Barbet was a character who was so brave throughout the war.. rescuing the Jewish children from the death camps bringing them to safety while living under the Nazi rule yet her personal life after the war she let her daughter rule her life as she still held the shame of the accusations from the time of her youth.


    Have you listened to any of Adam Verner’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This is the first I have listened by this narrrator as sometimes I find the American accent annoying yet I could have listened to his dulcet tones forever as he was able to bring emotion through his narration and simple defeatism by changing the tone of his voice..


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Gaëlle de Barbet was finally acknowledged for her bravery through the war.. not by those who give her the award but her family especially her oldest daughter.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fascinating book which showed not only the poverty of the main character's early years but as she progressed through life and her riches grew in different ways.. the simple pleasures of life were the ones she took so much happiness from.

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  • margaret simmons
    12/12/16
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    "Danielle steel's "

    another magnificent book from Danielle Steel, Her books just keep getting better and better can't wait for her next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda Hoover
    22/11/16
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    "Wonderful"

    Probably one of Danielle Steel's best yet. I love, love, loved every minute of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sara W
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    "Very good book! The narrator was awesome. "

    This was the first audio book I ever heard and I loved it! Great narration

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  • kaaren cuenca
    04/12/16
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    "Should we never forget"

    A very special work of art. The story line becomes more important as the years go by from WW11. We should never forget the brave people who helped others during such dreadful times.

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  • Jean Wahl
    30/11/16
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    "Enjoyed"

    I really enjoyed this book. Wonderful story of a strong, humble woman and her life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maremare13
    Washington State
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    "Not my favorite Steel book..."

    It just seemed like a lot of things were repeated over and over...like how much they loved each other...we get it, we got it after the first several times. The first part of the book was the best. IDK, the story line just didn't have the usual somewhat believable air to it. It was not so bad that I could not finish it, but it was just not up to snuff in my minds eye. The narrator was not my favorite either, that may have a lot to do with my disappointment in the book. over pronunciation in French, and there was just something about his voice... oh, well, maybe I will be back in tune with the next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    United States
    12/11/16
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    "Excellent Listen!"

    The story captured me immediately! The message that one person can make a difference, to loyalty to one's family, even when they are unloving to you, was perfect timing.

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  • Amazon Customer
    LAWRENCE, MA, US
    03/12/16
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    "The Award"

    This story is so great from the beginning to the end. She was a very strong woman and how she manage her life to have and enjoy such a wonderful life with the exception of her oldest selfish daughter that resented her for the death of her father. What was nice that her daughter finally embrace her with forgiveness.

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  • Amazon Customer
    04/11/16
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    "The Award"

    A story of WWI and how it effected the people who lived through it and those who didn't survive.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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