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Catching the Wind

By: Melanie Dobson
Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
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Our favorite moments from Catching the Wind

Uncovering a clue
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"As they plodded west, he tried to believe his words were true."
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Paving a path to freedom
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  • "As they plodded west, he tried to believe his words were true."
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Winner of the Audie Award for Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction 2018

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About the Creator

Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of 20 historical romance, suspense, and time-slip novels. Four of her novels have won Carol Awards, and Catching the Wind was nominated for a Christy Award in the Historical Fiction category, in addition to winning an Audie Award for Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction. A former publicist, Melanie now enjoys teaching both writing and public relations classes at George Fox University when she isn’t busy writing. She and her husband, Jon, have two daughters. After moving numerous times with work, the Dobson family has settled near Portland, Oregon, where they love to hike and camp in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and along the Pacific Coast. Melanie also enjoys exploring ghost towns and abandoned homes, helping care for kids in her community, and reading stories with her girls.

About the Performer

Nancy Peterson began her career with petty theft. Her dad’s brand-new and strictly off-limits tape recorder was too tempting to bear. Purloining the gadget, she and her friends recreated worlds from their favorite books as they read out loud for hours on end. She never could have dreamed that this would be the beginning of a career she loves. An Audie Award-winning narrator and multiple Voice Arts and Independent Audiobook Awards nominee, Nancy has a penchant for dialects—diving deep into the study of language. Her narration style, summed up by AudioFile magazine, "creates the sense of listening to a play instead of a straightforward reading." Nancy resides near the foothills of Salt Lake City with her husband and children, two dogs, three fish, one turtle, one snake, a hive of bees, and a gecko.

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  • 2018 Audie Award Winner for Faith-based Fiction

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A Labyrinth of Intrigue

This audiobook won the 2018 Audie Award in Historical Fiction. The story goes back and forth by chapters from past to present. In one chapter we are following two children: 13-year-old Dietmar and 12-year-old Brigitte. Their parents have been killed by the Nazis and they are fleeing Germany trying to get to England. The other chapter is in modern times features Quenby Vaughan, an investigative journalist, who has been hired by Dietmar (Daniel Knight) to find out what happened to Brigitte.

The book is well written and researched. The novel manages not only to show the big picture but the intimate personal situation. As Dodson slowly reveals the facts, the suspense builds throughout the story. The author also paints interesting scenery. The characters are most interesting and believable. I could hardly put the book down.

The book is ten hours and twenty-five minutes. Nancy Peterson does a great job narrating the book. Peterson expertly expresses the gamut of emotions in the novel. Peterson is an actress and audiobook narrator. She has won the Audie Award for narration.

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One of the Very Best WWII Stories Ever

I’m a big fan of historical fiction, and have read/listened to dozens of stories about WWII and the holocaust. However, this one is different, in so many ways. But the biggest and best is this: It’s a tale of two German families who were GOOD. Moral. Right thinking. And who sacrificed all that they had, all that they were because of it. There are very good books about those who smuggled the Jews out of Germany, which I also appreciate . . . greatly. Stories about the Jews who survived horrific years in the death camps, which are also of great interest to me. This book though is about two normal German families, who stood up to the Gestapo . . . told their children to RUN . . . and were killed for it. Dietmar, age 13 and Brigette, age 10, best of friends, ran, making their way through Germany heading towards England, never knowing who to trust, and being betrayed by some as they went. Dietmar promised to always protect her, yet it was taken out of his hands when they were separated and Brigette was taken from him. Years and years went by, and he continued to search for her. Now with the end of his life nearing, he hires young Quenby Vaughn, an American journalist to locate his long-lost childhood friend. Secluded in a castle away from everyone, Dietmar, now Daniel Knight fears that he will die never knowing if Brigette survived the war. The author does an amazing job of weaving together past and present as the search for Brigette ensues. Deeply painful memories of Quenby Vaughn’s own childhood emerge, as she searches for answers for Daniel. The story is long and winding, and wonderful, taking the listener/reader on a path so unexpected and rewarding that it will not soon be forgotten. Don’t miss this one!

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A beautiful story of redemption!!!

This is my first foray into historical fiction, and I doubt there could have been a better introduction for me! The tapestry woven in this narrative is simply wonderful!

There’s something about the way Melanie Dobson told a story out of the past entwined with people seeking it out in the present that made me feel like I was there breathing the same air as these characters at every moment.

I think though, a large part of that intimacy with this story comes from the incredible performance of Nancy Peterson. Her voice draws you in - gently captivating your heart - making you feel these characters are very much real. I also cant get over her skill with these accents!

I loved everything about this tale, and binged the last 4.5 hours straight; desperate to know what happens. I wasn’t disappointed!!!

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Surprise ending...

We thoroughly enjoyed this book! It kept us "turning each page" with anticipation and excitement. The story was presented surpurbly with the two story lines of past and present not detracting from the whole of the book. The author slowly knitted the two lines together until they became one--like two lonely footpaths merging into one as they emerge from the woods.
The combination of historical circumstance, never ending love, and a reverence for Christ's forgiveness and redemption made this book a gem to read (or listen to). Nancy did a fine job of performing this narrative! She kept us on the edge of our seats... great job! We loved the surprise ending and we were happy with the outcome... who would not love this book!

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Fiction spanning 75 years

This book was one hard to stop reading. I had never heard the narrator and I am very picky about who reads/performs books. Ms. Peterson was a pleasant surprise. This is a lovely story which switches from 1940 and throughout the war first in Germany and then in England and then the present. A yong journalist is hired by a wealthy elderly man to find the whereabouts of his childhood friend Brigita with whom he fled Germany to England. They become separated and he never stops searching for his friend. Quimby is tenacious and despite many trying to stop her research, she uncovers an American woman loyal to the Nazis. She learns much about herself as she unravels the mystery about Brigita.
I would say I wanted to find the ending contrived, but did not. Lives are often inextricably entwined and this proves to be the case. Quimby learns much about herself and her own past and learns to trust as she completes her assignment. The narrator was a pleasant surprise. I will listen to another of Ms. Peterson's narrations and am using a credit to purchase another book by this author. Her characters are complex and there is both great good and evil. But the books are clean; a nice change. I have recommended it to three friends and am buying it as a gift for one of them.

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Contrived

I'm realizing that I rarely review something unless I think it is a waste of time. I am holding true to the pattern with this one. When the coincidences in a story get so outlandish that you find yourself saying, "No, she's not really going to go there," and ending up laughing out loud when she really does go there, that is not a good book! In my opinion, seemingly unconnected characters should not all prove to all be related to each other. Furthermore, it doesn't really matter whether you are a religious person or not, as this book nears the end it gets very, very preachy about faith, which is nauseating. It is great when an author's faith enriches a novel, but overloading a story with symbolism and then blatantly explaining every symbol explicitly is not good writing.

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Beautiful Story

Loved It!! Beautifully written and read. Great storyline that keeps you wanting more. Don’t miss this one, Enjoy!

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Wow! What an ending!!!

I really loved this story.
The narrator did a wonderful job telling the WWII tale. There's not a down part of this book anywhere! . I couldn't stop listening to this book. Very well written!

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Wow...just WOW

I enjoyed this story from the start and continued to the end. The way the story jumped from the past to the present and back again, kept me riveted. This was well written and well narrated. Nancy Peterson did a wonderful job of keeping the characters real and grounded for me.I definitely recommend this book/audio.

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Odd religious inferences/not a believable ending

Insertion of random religious believes by the characters was odd and were irrelevant to the story. All of a sudden to be discussing "Jesus love for us," had no place in the story line. I also would have liked to know that christian author means random mentions of Jesus in the story. Audible should label these types of books.
I don't think the author did enough crossover of characters at the beginning to make the ending believable. The story took an unbelievable turn at the end, like Really? Not very realistic.
This book would have been so much better if the author would have just focused on the historical nature of the story and the background of the characters.

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