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Summary

The heart-wrenching new WWII story from the best-selling author of The German Midwife. With exclusive audio content.

Berlin, 1938: it’s the height of summer, and Germany is on the brink of war. When fledgling reporter Georgie Young is posted to Berlin, alongside fellow Londoner Max Spender, she knows they are entering the eye of the storm. 

Arriving to a city swathed in red flags and crawling with Nazis, Georgie feels helpless, witnessing innocent people being torn from their homes. As tensions rise, she realises she and Max have to act - even if it means putting their lives on the line. 

But when she digs deeper, Georgie begins to uncover the unspeakable truth about Hitler’s Germany - and the pair are pulled into a world darker than she could ever have imagined.... 

©2020 Mandy Robotham (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A gripping read, filled with tension and suspense as war brews in 1930s Berlin." (Fiona Valpy, author of The Dressmaker’s Gift)

"I was gripped by Georgie’s mission to alert the world to the horrors to come, as Hitler’s Germany prepares to create a new Europe. Mandy Robotham’s description of Berlin on the brink of war crackles with tension and shows us the best and worst of humanity." (Sarah Steele, author of The Missing Pieces of Nancy Moon)

"The Berlin Girl paints a vibrant picture of some of the chilling harbingers of World War II. You'll gasp aloud and shed a few tears on this insightful, bold, fast-paced ride through Berlin's last moments of crumbling glory before the cloud of World War II descends." (Kristin Harmel, New York Times best-selling author of The Book of Lost Names)

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Enjoyable war novel

I found this novel well narrated and enjoyed the story It wasn't earth shattering but an easy listen The storyline wasn't too harrowing A different angle to a war novel

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Excellent narrator

Love the accents the narrator introduced. Brought the characters to life. Love listening to her.

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The Berlin Girl

The Berlin Girl was not one of my favourite reads, I found it hard going at times it wasn't one of those books were I wanted it to end so I knew what was happening but didn't really want it to end.

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Disappointing

I like a WW2 novel but I found it difficult to overlook some clangers e.g. the heroine’s father in the 1930s advising her to learn to drive because it’s a “lifeskill that everyone should have”Lifeskill in the 30s?; a character’s “copious red lips”, how many lips did she have? The heroine’s sweat “pooling” at the base of her neck. Where would it pool, is she deformed? Somebody “visibly wincing”, how else would you wince?
The story was too glib, culminating in the protagonists on the run from the Gestapo making their way to Templehof in the back of a lorry some time later, getting out, giving themselves a quick brush down then bluffing their way through the soldiers’ checks (apparently the Gestapo hadn’t thought of checking the airport) and getting away as far as I could glean without even showing their passports.

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After getting to chapter 8 I abandoned this audio book. I have read others by the author which I have thoroughly enjoyed however with this book I could not settle into the narration therefore could not get into the story. It’s a shame as it’s put me off what is usually a good author. The narrator tries hard to do different accents however it just grated on me. Perhaps I will buy a paperback copy instead.

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Unbelievably bad .

Difficult to think of anything worse that I have had the misfortune to purchase from audible in the ten years I’ve been a member , no wonder it was in the three pound sale , not sure who was worst , the author or the narrator , it was a very close run thing , probably the narrator .