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The Girl from the Train Audiobook

The Girl from the Train

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Publisher's Summary

Six-year-old Gretl Schmidt is on a train bound for Auschwitz. Jakób Kowalski is planting a bomb on the tracks. As World War II draws to a close, Jakób fights with the Polish resistance against the crushing forces of Germany and Russia. They mean to destroy a German troop transport, but Gretl's unscheduled train reaches the bomb first. Gretl is the only survivor.

Though spared from the concentration camp, the orphaned German Jew finds herself lost in a country hostile to her people. When Jakób discovers her, guilt and fatherly compassion prompt him to take her home. For three years, the young man and little girl form a bond over the secrets they must hide from his Catholic family. But she can't stay with him forever. Jakób sends Gretl to South Africa, where German war orphans are promised bright futures with adoptive Protestant families - so long as Gretl's Jewish roots, Catholic education, and connections to communist Poland are never discovered.

Separated by continents, politics, religion, language, and years, Jakób and Gretl will likely never see each other again. But the events they have both survived and their belief that the human spirit can triumph over the ravages of war have formed a bond of love that no circumstances can overcome.

©2015 Irma Joubert (P)2015 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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  • john
    CHARLOTTE, NC, United States
    12/04/16
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    "Excellent story covering the middle of the 20th C."

    OK, granted it's a "chick book," but an engaging one. As usual, the women can look deep into the eyes (which are discussed at length, as well as other parts of the facade) and tell everything they would wish to know about men. That said, it's an intriguing story and well worth the read. It gives much info about wartime Poland & South Africa of the post-war & cold war period.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Paula Boudreault
    thornton, co United States
    27/12/15
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    "Story pulled me in from the beginning."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great story and beautiful narration.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • lyndsay.sine
    30/06/16
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    "Kind"

    It is a very interesting book mixing in facts with romance. Good read, loved it

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • lendo
    18/06/16
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    "Awesome!!!!"

    This book was well read! This story is amazing!!!! A must read! Better than Nicholas Sparks!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cathey Johnson
    29/05/16
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    "Stunning"

    Very interesting and entertaining story. I highly recommend it. Very good voice as well who did the reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jo F Cordell
    04/11/16
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    "Recommend without reservation"

    A beautiful story that transcends time and place. It touches the the rawness of the human
    Condition with a promise of hope that could only come from the heart of love.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mary I Pollock
    31/10/16
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    "The Girl from the Train"

    It is easy to listen to. Held my interest, didn't want to shut it off. The story was a little overly sweet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amy
    Minneapolis, MN, United States
    27/06/16
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    "Wonderful!"

    This is now my most favorite book! I hesitated purchasing this book. I thought it might be boring. The story and the performance was marvelous. I strongly recommend this book. I believe you will not be disappointed.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Nordic Artisan
    15/05/16
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    "Unique and amazing"

    An atypical story of survival, love and belonging. The story kept me listening every chance I got!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    05/04/16
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    "A great start but a disappointing development"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not anyone in my reading groups


    Would you ever listen to anything by Irma Joubert again?

    Maybe


    How could the performance have been better?

    the performance was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed in how the book developed. It started out as a good and interesting "read", but it ended as a cheap dime store romance. It was as if the author forgot what she was actually writing about, or had someone write the last half of the book for her.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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