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The German Midwife

Written by: Mandy Robotham
Narrated by: Julia Winwood
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
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Publisher's Summary

For fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Kate Furnivall comes a gritty tale of courage, betrayal and love in the most unlikely of places.

Germany, 1944. Taken from the camps to serve the Führer himself, Anke Hoff is assigned as midwife to one of Hitler’s inner circle. If she refuses, her family will die.

Torn between her duty as a caregiver and her hatred for the Nazi regime, Anke is swept into a life unlike anything she’s ever known - and she discovers that many of those at the Berghof are just as trapped as she is. And soon, she’s falling for a man who will make her world more complicated still.... 

Before long, the couple is faced with an impossible choice - and the consequences could be deadly. Can their forbidden love survive the horrors of war? And, more importantly, will they?

©2018 Mandy Robotham (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the critics say

"Incredibly powerful, harrowing but ultimately uplifting. I couldn’t put this down." (Katie Fforde)

"A fascinating story which had me forgetting it’s fiction! So well written, I was left pondering if the events could actually be true. Enthralling!" (Kitty Neale)

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Fabulous story!

I absolutely loved the story and highly recommend the book. The reader was excellent. Loved it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-19

GREAT BOOK!!

Loved it and can't wait the read more from this author. The ending is beautiful!

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  • izzy
  • 2019-05-01

Story Did Not Grip Me

After listening to the audiobook in its entirety, something I do even if I’m not crazy about the story, I found that the store lacked substance, and was sort of repetitive. Unlike other audio books that I’ve listened to, where I couldn’t wait to hear the rest of the story, this one did not do it for me.

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  • rebecca b
  • 2019-06-21

I was engrossed from start to finish!<br />I loved it!

Please write another book from this era. I commute to work and I found myself not wanting to get out of my car until I finished a chapter.

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  • Sarah
  • 2019-06-20

Historical Novel

Very well told - history woven into a believable story. Highly recommended if you like WWII stories set in Western Europe.

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  • Erica Lea Barclay
  • 2019-06-17

A lovely fiction for any midwife!

As a home birth midwife, I travel by car several hundred miles a week and go through audiobooks like mad. I decided I should try a midwifery fiction story and am so incredibly pleased I chose The German Midwife. Everything about this book, was a turn on. The love story is merely a sweet occurrence in the background of the main plot. The birth scenes are written as if a midwife wrote them, detailed and full of experience, trust & love for the birthing client. The narrator is engaging and refreshing. I will be listening to this again and have already told many midwives in the community about this book!!

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  • Amy N
  • 2019-06-12

Incredibly well-written, absorbing, haunting......

I can't recommend this novel more. I am not a huge WWII fan, but I do have a huge interest in midwifery, and through that curiosity I learned a lot of horrible things that happened in Germany during WWII, but also the beautifully written birth scenes, and through that the transcendence of love. The love story in the book is wonderful, and I wept at the end. Performed by the narrator perfectly.

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  • GmamaJane
  • ALABAMA, US
  • 2019-05-31

A. Great Story, Great Narration!

I thoroughly enjoyed this story! The narration was one of the best I've heard on Audible! Her English accent was soothing and easy to listen to as well as giving just the right inflection when changing characters. I was swept away with the story arc and had no idea how it would end. I think the author tied up loose ends in a realistic satisfying way for reader. The last chapter was penned in a unique way that I was not expecting. Overall, a great read!

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  • JeanAnn Trombley
  • Minneapolis MN
  • 2019-05-20

Whoa! Life in Hitler's Lair

This book reminded me of one of my other historical fiction favorite, The Taster. Both take place at the Berghof in Obersaltzberg. This book shows the true evil that courses through the veins of the senior Nazis and a look in to the minds of those who don't believe but wear the uniform and swastika. Great ending.

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  • Tamar
  • 2019-05-15

Love!

The book and narration was awesome !
Highly recommend - couldn’t stop listening late into the night!

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  • Denise
  • 2019-05-14

Awesome listen

Very good story. And the reader was great. Didn't want it to end. Recommend to anyone interested in the warehouse or midwives.