• Goodnight, Vienna

  • By: Marius Gabriel
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (74 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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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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yes! don't miss out!

This author has won me over. it's the second book I've read. I hope there are more. I hope for happy endings but in the genre of historical fiction novels of WWII which I prefer, it's rarely the case in the good books. In truth much is lost. This book shines a light on trying to escape the war with a child that is less than perfect. It gives s glimpse into Dr Asberger and his work seeking to understand what will later be known as Asberger's Syndrome. It also brings forward the possibility that Dr Asberger helped the Nazis by turning over the children seen as potential contaminators of theuch sought out perfect Aryan gene pool. The description of music in this writing begins the sounds to life!

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Bravo!

Characters and plot come through like a lightning bolt! enjoyed historical references and the passion created from it. want to read more of this author. narrator was great! bravo!

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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.