Rose Under Fire

by | Read by Sasha Pick

Published by Bolinda Publishing

Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the waning days of the war, Rose is captured by the Germans and ends up in Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi women's concentration camp. There, she meets an unforgettable group of women, including a once glamorous and celebrated French detective novelist whose Jewish husband and three young sons have been killed; a resilient young girl who was a human guinea pig for Nazi doctors trying to learn how to treat German war wounds; and a Nachthexen, or Night Witch, a female fighter pilot and military ace for the Soviet air force. These damaged women must bond together to help each other survive. In this companion volume to the critically acclaimed novel Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein continues to explore themes of friendship and loyalty, right and wrong, and unwavering bravery in the face of indescribable evil.

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Rose Under Fire

Rose Justice, a young American pilot ferrying planes in Britain as part of the Air Transport Auxiliary during WWII, finds herself captured and sent to Ravensbrück women’s concentration camp—but that’s far from the end of the story in Wein’s important novel for young adults. Sasha Pick narrates in Rose’s American accent for most of the audiobook but also delivers authentic-sounding British accents as well as French-, Russian-, and Polish-accented English for Rose’s camp sisters; she even sings and recites poetry. Hearing Rose’s prisoner number—Einundfünfzigtausendvierhundertachtundneunzig (51498)—repeated in harsh German is chilling every time. Listeners will be engrossed by Rose’s experiences, full of horror and hope by equal measure, as she resolves to “tell the world.” J.M.D. 2014 Audies Finalist, SYNC 2015 © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine


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