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Catching the Wind

Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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What happened to Brigitte Berthold?

That question has haunted Daniel Knight since he was 13, when he and 10-year-old Brigitte escaped the Gestapo agents who arrested both their parents. They survived a harrowing journey from Germany to England, only to be separated upon their arrival. Daniel vowed to find Brigitte after the war, a promise he has fought to fulfill for more than 70 years.

Now a wealthy old man, Daniel's final hope in finding Brigitte rests with Quenby Vaughn, an American journalist working in London. He believes Quenby's tenacity to find missing people and her personal investment in a related WWII espionage story will help her succeed where previous investigators have failed. Though Quenby is wrestling her own demons - and wary at the idea of teaming up with Daniel's lawyer, Lucas Hough - the lure of Brigitte's story is too much to resist. Together, Quenby and Lucas delve deep into the past, following a trail of deception, sacrifice, and healing that could change all of their futures.

©2017 Melanie Dobson (P)2017 Two Words Publishing, LLC

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  • 2018 Audie Award Winner for Faith-based Fiction
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  • Steve
  • 07-10-18

A beautiful story of redemption!!!

This is my first foray into historical fiction, and I doubt there could have been a better introduction for me! The tapestry woven in this narrative is simply wonderful!

There’s something about the way Melanie Dobson told a story out of the past entwined with people seeking it out in the present that made me feel like I was there breathing the same air as these characters at every moment.

I think though, a large part of that intimacy with this story comes from the incredible performance of Nancy Peterson. Her voice draws you in - gently captivating your heart - making you feel these characters are very much real. I also cant get over her skill with these accents!

I loved everything about this tale, and binged the last 4.5 hours straight; desperate to know what happens. I wasn’t disappointed!!!

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  • Jean
  • 22-12-18

A Labyrinth of Intrigue

This audiobook won the 2018 Audie Award in Historical Fiction. The story goes back and forth by chapters from past to present. In one chapter we are following two children: 13-year-old Dietmar and 12-year-old Brigitte. Their parents have been killed by the Nazis and they are fleeing Germany trying to get to England. The other chapter is in modern times features Quenby Vaughan, an investigative journalist, who has been hired by Dietmar (Daniel Knight) to find out what happened to Brigitte.

The book is well written and researched. The novel manages not only to show the big picture but the intimate personal situation. As Dodson slowly reveals the facts, the suspense builds throughout the story. The author also paints interesting scenery. The characters are most interesting and believable. I could hardly put the book down.

The book is ten hours and twenty-five minutes. Nancy Peterson does a great job narrating the book. Peterson expertly expresses the gamut of emotions in the novel. Peterson is an actress and audiobook narrator. She has won the Audie Award for narration.

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  • Debbie
  • 02-07-19

One of the Very Best WWII Stories Ever

I’m a big fan of historical fiction, and have read/listened to dozens of stories about WWII and the holocaust. However, this one is different, in so many ways. But the biggest and best is this: It’s a tale of two German families who were GOOD. Moral. Right thinking. And who sacrificed all that they had, all that they were because of it. There are very good books about those who smuggled the Jews out of Germany, which I also appreciate . . . greatly. Stories about the Jews who survived horrific years in the death camps, which are also of great interest to me. This book though is about two normal German families, who stood up to the Gestapo . . . told their children to RUN . . . and were killed for it. Dietmar, age 13 and Brigette, age 10, best of friends, ran, making their way through Germany heading towards England, never knowing who to trust, and being betrayed by some as they went. Dietmar promised to always protect her, yet it was taken out of his hands when they were separated and Brigette was taken from him. Years and years went by, and he continued to search for her. Now with the end of his life nearing, he hires young Quenby Vaughn, an American journalist to locate his long-lost childhood friend. Secluded in a castle away from everyone, Dietmar, now Daniel Knight fears that he will die never knowing if Brigette survived the war. The author does an amazing job of weaving together past and present as the search for Brigette ensues. Deeply painful memories of Quenby Vaughn’s own childhood emerge, as she searches for answers for Daniel. The story is long and winding, and wonderful, taking the listener/reader on a path so unexpected and rewarding that it will not soon be forgotten. Don’t miss this one!

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  • Mosey's Mommy
  • 15-07-19

Wow! What an ending!!!

I really loved this story.
The narrator did a wonderful job telling the WWII tale. There's not a down part of this book anywhere! . I couldn't stop listening to this book. Very well written!

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  • Kathy
  • 07-08-19

Fiction spanning 75 years

This book was one hard to stop reading. I had never heard the narrator and I am very picky about who reads/performs books. Ms. Peterson was a pleasant surprise. This is a lovely story which switches from 1940 and throughout the war first in Germany and then in England and then the present. A yong journalist is hired by a wealthy elderly man to find the whereabouts of his childhood friend Brigita with whom he fled Germany to England. They become separated and he never stops searching for his friend. Quimby is tenacious and despite many trying to stop her research, she uncovers an American woman loyal to the Nazis. She learns much about herself as she unravels the mystery about Brigita.
I would say I wanted to find the ending contrived, but did not. Lives are often inextricably entwined and this proves to be the case. Quimby learns much about herself and her own past and learns to trust as she completes her assignment. The narrator was a pleasant surprise. I will listen to another of Ms. Peterson's narrations and am using a credit to purchase another book by this author. Her characters are complex and there is both great good and evil. But the books are clean; a nice change. I have recommended it to three friends and am buying it as a gift for one of them.

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  • Dawn Fournier
  • 13-08-19

Loved this book

A sign of a really good audible book for me is if I can't stop listening to it and this one was one of those. The narrator is perfect for the story. She captured every character and dialect perfectly. Put this one on your list.

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  • Kathy Rae
  • 10-06-18

The Mystery of True Identity Revealed

The story is surrounded by captivating characters that belong to World War II and continue to the present. All of the characters so different and yet intertwined. A great read from a seasoned narrator, which will keep you engaged through Dobson's brilliant story.

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  • zjohnnylz
  • 10-09-17

Surprise ending...

We thoroughly enjoyed this book! It kept us "turning each page" with anticipation and excitement. The story was presented surpurbly with the two story lines of past and present not detracting from the whole of the book. The author slowly knitted the two lines together until they became one--like two lonely footpaths merging into one as they emerge from the woods.
The combination of historical circumstance, never ending love, and a reverence for Christ's forgiveness and redemption made this book a gem to read (or listen to). Nancy did a fine job of performing this narrative! She kept us on the edge of our seats... great job! We loved the surprise ending and we were happy with the outcome... who would not love this book!

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  • Jennifer
  • 07-04-18

Beautiful Story

Loved It!! Beautifully written and read. Great storyline that keeps you wanting more. Don’t miss this one, Enjoy!

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  • susan t.
  • 10-10-19

A Most Beautiful Story

FINALLY! A beautifully-written story about life during WWII WITHOUT profanity! The hero and heroine have souls troubled by hardship but overcome them because of their abiding friendship and dedication to each other through the horrors of WWII. Most of the books I have listened to from Audible are fascinating except for the horrible profanity. THANK YOU, Audible, for making this wonderful book available .

I would love to hear more from this talented author.

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