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The Last Train to London

A Novel
Written by: Meg Waite Clayton
Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
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The New York Times best-selling author of Beautiful Exiles conjures her best novel yet, a pre-World War II-era story with the emotional resonance of Orphan Train and All the Light We Cannot See, centering on the Kindertransports that carried thousands of children out of Nazi-occupied Europe - and one brave woman who helped them escape to safety.

In 1936, the Nazi are little more than loud, brutish bores to 15-year-old Stephan Neuman, the son of a wealthy and influential Jewish family and budding playwright whose playground extends from Vienna’s streets to its intricate underground tunnels. Stephan’s best friend and companion is the brilliant Žofie-Helene, a Christian girl whose mother edits a progressive, anti-Nazi newspaper. But the two adolescents’ carefree innocence is shattered when the Nazis’ take control.

There is hope in the darkness, though. Truus Wijsmuller, a member of the Dutch resistance, risks her life smuggling Jewish children out of Nazi Germany to the nations that will take them. It is a mission that becomes even more dangerous after the Anschluss - Hitler’s annexation of Austria - as, across Europe, countries close their borders to the growing number of refugees desperate to escape. 

Tante Truus, as she is known, is determined to save as many children as she can. After Britain passes a measure to take in at-risk child refugees from the German Reich, she dares to approach Adolf Eichmann, the man who would later help devise the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question”, in a race against time to bring children like Stephan, his young brother Walter, and Žofie-Helene on a perilous journey to an uncertain future abroad.

©2019 Meg Waite Clayton (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Not a great narrator

I returned this one. The narrator is not very engaging. I should have pre listnes to him before purchase. Story may have been alright if he didn't put me to sleep.

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  • Dan
  • 2019-12-12

I got a headache

Terrible narrator, impossible to understand. I think the story is interesting. I might buy the book.

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Fabulous read

Loved this! The journey through this book was both exciting and terrifying! Little is known about the kinder transport

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  • Dane County
  • 2020-01-10

Why the phony accents?

It is a given that most of the listeners are native English speakers. So, why the affected German accents? If the protagonists were speaking their native German or Dutch, they would be speaking without an accent, correct? This always ruins a great read, in my opinion. Also, in the case of this recording, it actually makes it hard to understand the storyline.

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  • Duchess
  • 2020-02-24

Good history

If I hadn’t been so interested in the subject of this book, I would have stopped listening on the first page. I absolutely abhor the affected speech of this reader, whom I have suffered through before. Please get someone who speaks the king’s English without sounding like Lord Haw Haw!

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  • Greg
  • 2020-03-01

very worthwhile listen

probably not a book that would show up in my "recommended titles" but I enjoyed this book a lot

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  • Nanc
  • 2020-03-01

Started out well

Just couldn't get into the plot even though I read a lot of WWII novels.

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  • Susan Long
  • 2019-11-15

Great read!

I couldn't stop listening to this book. It's so well written and so well researched. A must read and never to be forgotten. Congratulations Meg on a fabulous book.