Week 7: WW II as Lived by Young Women

Written by Michele Cobb on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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AudioFile Magazine and audiophiles love great recordings, and tales full of challenging situations with fascinating characters only get us more excited.

Did you participate in SYNC last summer? If you did, you know that Code Name Verity was a listener favorite and a huge SYNC hit. We are thrilled to include ROSE UNDER FIRE, another of Elizabeth Wein’s “driveway catchers” (you know when the CD is in the car and you sit in the driveway to finish listening because it’s that good). Audiobook narrator Sasha Pick provides all the right accents as American Rose, a brave 18-year-old working as a pilot for a British volunteer organization in 1944, finds herself captured in France and imprisoned by the Germans in Ravensbruck concentration camp with Polish and Russian women.

In discussing pairing options we thought back to powerful recordings made of World War II stories, and ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED leapt to mind. This is the amazing account written by Miep Gies, about the internationally famous girl whose diary she found and saved after Anne Frank and her family were arrested in their Amsterdam hiding place during World War II. Ms. Gies herself recorded the interview that is part of this audiobook package, with her book narrated by the audiobook superstar Barbara Rosenblat.

Both audiobooks feature women's experiences in World War II, and though one is fiction and one is nonfiction, both reflect life during the war with historically factual and emotional authenticity.

We hope everyone gets out of the house this week to listen to this incredible pair, brought to SYNC courtesy of Bolinda Audio and Oasis Audio, but we won’t fault you for staying inside and absorbing every wonderful audio moment. Invite a young adult to share these powerful listening experiences with you. 


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