• Goodnight, Vienna

  • By: Marius Gabriel
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (138 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Katya never wanted to look after Gretchen. Now she’s the young girl’s only hope of survival.

1937. Katya Komarovsky is studying medicine in Glasgow, living among friends and eager to begin her career as a doctor. But when her spendthrift parents announce that they’ve run out of money and are facing ruin—and that she’ll now have to support them by working as a governess in Vienna—the life she’s dreamed of goes up in smoke.

Furiously resentful, Katya rages at her wealthy employer, Thor, for stealing her future—and saddling her with twelve-year-old Gretchen, a deeply troubled child who has only a blazing musical talent to redeem her. Yet as Katya grudgingly digs into her reserves of compassion, she finds herself losing her heart to both father and daughter.

Storm clouds are gathering, though, and when Hitler annexes Austria, patriot Thor is arrested, leaving Katya wholly responsible for saving ‘imperfect’ Gretchen from being forced into a Nazi medical research laboratory. With the terrifying uncertainty of the new world order, can Katya and Gretchen flee to safety? And dare they dream of ever seeing Thor again?

©2022 Marius Gabriel. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Such a good story. Heartache and triumph

I’ve listened to most of mr. Marcus Gabriel’s books and he never misses the mark with great historical fiction. I appreciate the fact he doesn’t need gratuitous sex or profanity to tell a good story unlike some of his peers . I loved his main characters and I was really dreading the end of story but I was fooled and this is one reason I have to to listen to his stories I’m waiting for your next novel

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Well worth the time

Great story and performance. If you like WW2 stories and historical fiction... don't miss this one.

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Captivating!

Fantastic narration brings it to life! Found myself wishing it wouldn’t end. So glad I chose it!

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  • pt
  • 09-20-22

Superb story, prose and narration.

I'm not accustomed to giving 5 stars when 4 stars indicates "it's great". However, this audio book deserves 5 stars for 1) the story, and 2) the narration. A perfect match. I did not want it to end. The combination of writing and narration truly brought each character to life and never left the reader feeling ambivalent about any of them. I bought another one of Marius Gabriel's books and hope it can live up to the standard "Goodnight Vienna" set.

We all know the narration can make or break an audio book. Narrator Karen Cass gave life to this book. She made each character unique and never over played or under played the emotional constitution of a scene. I am also looking for more audio books narrated by her. I read more books than I listen to, but, in the case of "Goodnight Vienna", I can't imagine a better way to experience this particular story.

I have purposefully left out any details of the story. I believe the reader (listener) should experience it in his/her unique way. I'll only say the story is moving and told well and, as I said, the narration was as close to perfect as one could hope for.

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  • MJ
  • 09-16-22

I love historical fiction.

This era of history sounds so similar to our current world. I applaud authors who bring to life the historical truths while wrapping such a gripping story line in and around what was really going on in that point in time. The characters were real, the plot kept me spellbound with its twists and sometimes unexpected turns. The narration was superb! I’ll be looking for more books by Marius Gabriel.

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Amazing

This book tells a side of WWII we don’t often here. Focusing on those that the Nazi’s wanted to do a way with because weren’t perfect. Really well done.

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A wonderful historical drama. Heartfelt reading.

A wonderful historical novel, covering the heart wrenching trials of people who lived through Nazi occupation, and struggled to survive. The characters represented a number of the any types, races and beliefs of people who were persecuted in this period of history. The reader performed each of characters and their situations perfectly, giving the listener a clear picture as if reading the book to oneself. I was totally immersed in each chapter.

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Wonderful!

Wonderful book. Inspiring story of love and sacrifice making it a true story of the time and of motherhood.

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Goodnight Vienna is an unforgettable audiobook with a creative storyline! Taking place in austr listen taking place in Austria!

The author writing style kept me listening non stop.! Definitely , a 5 star listen! I can’t wait to listen to other books by this author!

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Very Enjoyable

After reading so many historical fiction books about WWII I am pleased to say this was a good one. A little different take on the strategy of a way out of Vienna.
The narrator did an excellent job and was very engaging (even though some character voices sounded alike).
I would recommend this book. It’s not to deep and detailed and kept my interest.

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  • Helen
  • 07-13-22

UnPutDownAble!!!

Marius Gabriel has done it again, I was completely immersed within this book. The narrator is excellent, different voices and expressions for each character, so beautifully delivered as a performance.

WW2 Vienna, escape, capture, hope, kindness and the ribbons of love that tie it all together.

Really well done, I’ve loved this one and am thankful for the experience.

Five stars from me.

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  • allie johnson
  • 04-22-22

absolutely brilliant

I loved this book. the story was difficult to listen at times. the interrogations by the gestapo were undertaken with sensitivity but powerful enough to make me think. the story was simply beautiful.
I would definitely as recommend and have already started my next marius Gabriel novel.

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  • Angela Gibson
  • 03-04-22

It's almost too difficult to listen to

This was a great book; the story takes you to the heart of the nazis invasion of Austria. It is so hard to listen to, I found myself dreading what would befall Katya and Grechen next. Thank goodness for the few kind souls they found along the way

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  • Boo
  • 03-01-22

Superb captivating story. Excellent narration

Another masterpiece from Marius Gabriel. Excellent narration by Karen Cass. Authentic description of war torn Europe. Five Star richly rewarded. Highly recommended read.

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  • James
  • 02-18-22

Wonderfully Tragic

Having struggled to muster the concentration needed to read of late, I turned to Audible as a stepping stone back into the wonders of fiction. Living in Glasgow and loving Vienna, this seemed like a good starting read. I couldn't stop listening to this exciting story as it unfolded. It is so well narrated and conjures up vivid images and characters that will be difficult to forget. An important and enjoyable read.

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  • Boxie
  • 02-16-22

What a journey

I feel wrung out after this. Beautifully performed and a tense journey throughout. I am so glad I discovered this author, having also loved the Parisians - I shall be looking out for more!

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  • Jan
  • 07-25-22

FABULOUS

loved the story and narration. full of twists and turns tears and joy wonderful wonderful story.

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  • 06-05-22

My favourite narrator

Chosen because I really like Karen Cass as narrator.
Story was a bit grim in places, but that’s history for you - very grim in places.
Overall, a rewarding and satisfying listen.

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