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The Huntress

Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)

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Summary

From the best-selling author of The Alice Network

On the icy edge of Soviet Russia, bold and reckless Nina Markova joins the infamous Night Witches - an all-female bomber regiment - wreaking havoc on Hitler’s Eastern Front. But when she is downed behind enemy lines and thrown across the path of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, Nina must use all her wits to survive.

British war correspondent Ian Graham has witnessed the horrors of war from Omaha Beach to the Nuremburg Trials. He abandons journalism after the war to become a Nazi hunter, yet one target eludes him: the Huntress. Fierce, disciplined Ian must join forces with reckless, cocksure Nina, the only witness to escape the Huntress alive.

In post-war Boston, 17-year-old Jordan McBride is delighted when her long-widowed father brings home a fiancée. But Jordan grows increasingly disquieted by the soft-spoken German widow who seems to be hiding something. Delving into her new stepmother’s past, Jordan slowly realizes that a Nazi killer may be hiding in plain sight.

Shining a light on a shadowy corner of history, The Huntress is an epic, sweeping Second World War novel from the New York Times best-selling author of The Alice Network.

©2019 Kate Quinn (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"If you enjoyed The Tattooist of Auschwitz, read The Huntress by Kate Quinn." (The Washington Post)

"A riveting tale that combines both the gripping saga of war with the suspense of a thrilling chase...An utter triumph!" (Pam Jenoff, New York Times best-selling author of The Orphan’s Tale)

"Immersive and suspenseful...packs a real historical punch. Through her research into the infamous Night Witches and the work of the Nazi hunters, and with unconventional, smart and courageous female characters, Kate Quinn brings a fascinating side of WW2 brilliantly to life." (Hazel Gaynor, best-selling author of The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter)

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Excellent.

I have just finished this book, what better way to spend a wet Sunday morning. Having discovered Kate Quinn with The Alice Network I had no hesitation in downloading The Huntress. A fabulous listen combining history with fiction. Kate’s books are brilliantly researched and expertly fictionalised (if there is such a word). I’m not going into the story but maybe listen to The Alice Network first as one of the characters makes a very brief appearance though it isn’t necessary by any means. I intend to to listen my way through all her books learning and enjoying at the same time.

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Not for me

Got put off by the lesbian side story- why does every book have to try and fit this agenda in, it didn’t feel natural or authentic, just uncomfortable and like it would sell books.

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Fabulous

I rarely do a review but this book had me captivated from the start it was absolutely riveting. I had to finish it but didn’t want it to finish. Just brilliant I was hooked from the beginning and it wasn’t a book that I would normally listen to or read, however I am now looking for my next book by this author . The narration was absolutely brilliant , the storyline gripping...... I loved it ...

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Superb!

Loved this novel from start to finish, couldn't put it down. Brilliant complex characters and original plot. highly recommend

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There is no place to hide for the Huntress

This book is set during the Second World War and in the fifties. It moves between the two periods to tell the story of the huntress. She is a nazi war criminal who has reinvented her life in America but is herself being hunted by two investigators in the post-war years. Finding the Huntress is a dream for them which becomes true when they cross the paths of Jordan, the daughter of the Huntress's new American husband, and Nina, an extraordinary Russian woman. Together, and by a mix of coincidences and research, they set off to find the Huntress and bring her to justice. The book is a fictionalised story based on real facts and real people, which we can read about in the interesting author's notes. It is a strong book about a complex and harsh moment in history and about the determination of those who wanted, and succeeded, to bring these criminals to justice. The author's research for this book would have deserved to be included with more depth in the book to strengthen some parts of the story which for me stayed a little fuzzy. A strong and well written book. The narration is very good, clear, with the appropriate register and accents, and it was an excellent listen.

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Gripping

Loved this story from start to finish. All the characters are so ‘complete’ I found when I was not listening I was wondering what each person was going to be doing next in the story. Well researched, great story and well read.

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Gripping story

This was definitely a non stop roller coaster. I just was gripped from start to finish

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Struggled to finish, characters not interesting enough and story a bit too long and dull

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A very satisfying experience. Wonderfully written and read, a real treat

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. The characters are expressed so well they are so real in your mind. Added to that Saskia reads the book so well bringing all the characters alive. An very satisfying g experience.

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The Night Witch’s revenge

A mix of three compelling ideas, Soviet Night Witches, war criminal hunts and what to do if you think your mum’s a Nazi. Miraculously manages to keep all these balls in the air at once without becoming overwrought.

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  • 30-04-20

Absolutley loved it.

Story line was great. Chaaracters were interesting and narration was excellent. I highly recommend this book.

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