• The Winter Guest

  • By: Pam Jenoff
  • Narrated by: Emily Bauer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (237 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A stirring novel of first love in a time of war and the unbearable choices that could tear sisters apart, from the celebrated author of The Kommandant's Girl.

Life is a constant struggle for the 18-year-old Nowak twins as they raise their three younger siblings in rural Poland under the shadow of the Nazi occupation. The constant threat of arrest has made everyone in their village a spy, and turned neighbor against neighbor. Though rugged, independent Helena and pretty, gentle Ruth couldn't be more different, they are staunch allies in protecting their family from the threats the war brings closer to their doorstep with each passing day. Then Helena discovers an American paratrooper stranded outside their small mountain village, wounded, but alive. Risking the safety of herself and her family, she hides Sam - a Jew - but Helena's concern for the American grows into something much deeper. Defying the perils that render a future together all but impossible, Sam and Helena make plans for the family to flee. But Helena is forced to contend with the jealousy her choices have sparked in Ruth, culminating in a singular act of betrayal that endangers them all - and setting in motion a chain of events that will reverberate across continents and decades.

©2014 Pam Jenoff (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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I liked it, but I doubt of I'd every buy it.

It was okay. I'm glad it was less deus ex machina than The Kommandant's Girl, but there were still things I didn't like about it. The girls being twins probably would have been snatched up by the Nazis already so the fact that they were free didn't really make sense. Also, Ruth was kind of a horrible person. She never wanted her sister to truly be happy (Jealous of Sam and not letting her wear their mother's clothes). Not to mention that she flat out raped Sam since he thought she was Helena and she didn't correct him. I'm glad this book is on Audible Escapes though because I would have been disappointed if I had actually paid for it.

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Wonderful!

I love ready books from WW 1 and WW 2. Each gives a different perspective of horrific events in our time. In this case in rural Poland I won’t spoil the book but I will say one part made me so angry I almost put it down and walked away. I did not like the ending. It could have gone on further to tell more of Sam and the rest of the story. Overall an enjoyable read

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So So

Second Jenoff book. First I liked
This one not so much. After the story detail the ending seemed rushed.

The narration was good. No problem there

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what a let down

great build up for a rushed letdown. disappointing after the other works by this author

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Sudden ending

The story began with great promise; but certain parts of the story seemed to have been dragged out too long. It was hard to tell what the climax was and then it suddenly just ended. It seemed like a drawn out story that was wrapped up all of a sudden. I love the writing of the author, but it could had been thought out a little better...

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Not my favorite by Pam Jenoff

This story about World War II in Poland was long and drawn out. I loved The Orphan's Tale and The Kommandant's Girl by this same author. I can hardly believe she wrote this. Very little happened in this story. It was, in a word, boring. I didn't like the narrator either. She sounded like a chipmunk and was overly dramatic.

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Great setting but...

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this fell short for me. Too predictable and some of the characters were difficult to like. I found myself exacerbated by them.

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Gripping story

This story kept your attention from the beginning until the very end. Wonderful characters, drama, plot, and narration. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Riveting

Interesting to learn of all the Camps in Poland after listening to this story. Another holocaust story that makes you think about the importance of passing down personal history and the importance of family ties and truth telling as well as the importance of resisting evil.

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Title doesn’t fit

I waited and waited for the title to really fit the plot of the story. But, it didn’t. I don’t think that Sam was a guest at all. He was much more than that.

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