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Those Who Are Saved

By: Alexis Landau
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld,Holly Linneman,Will Damron
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Publisher's Summary

In the spirit of We Were the Lucky Ones and We Must Be Brave, a heartbreaking World War II novel of one mother's impossible choice and her search for her daughter against the odds.

As a Russian Jewish émigré to France, Vera's wealth cannot protect her or her four-year-old-daughter, Lucie, once the Nazis occupy the country. After receiving notice that all foreigners must report to an internment camp, Vera has just a few hours to make an impossible choice: Does she subject Lucie to the horrid conditions of the camp, or does she put her into hiding with her beloved and trusted governess, safe until Vera can retrieve her? Believing the war will end soon, Vera chooses to leave Lucie in safety. She cannot know that she and her husband will have an opportunity to escape, to flee to America. She cannot know that Lucie's governess will have fled with Lucie to family in rural France, too far to reach in time. 

And so begins a heartbreaking journey and separation, a war and a continent apart. Vera's marriage will falter under the surreal sun of California. Her ability to write - once her passion - will disappear. But Vera's love for Lucie, her faith that her daughter lives, will only grow. As Vera's determination to return to France and find Lucie crystalizes, she meets Sasha, a man on his own search for meaning. She is stronger with Sasha than she is alone. Together they will journey to Lucie. They will find her fate.

©2021 Alexis Landau (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Amazing story, great performance

This is a gorgeous book—poetic, sweeping, lush, poignant. I stayed up late listening to the end because I had to find out what happened.

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I loved this book. The narrators were great and it was well written and interesting.

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War and its' struggles

I loved this audible book so much I listened to it twice back to back. The backdrop of the wartime struggles, of escaping and of losing caught me up and I wanted to absorb every word. I love this narrator and can understand Vera's loss and never forgetting. you won't regret this one.

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an old story told in a new way

I loved this story because it told a different perspective of WW2. Most books you find about the war detail the actual happenings, but this one delved in on the personal traumas that the war caused. Once I started it I could not stop. It had me on the edge of my seat till the very end. A great read for WW2 enthusiasts.

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Excellent ,

I loved this story right from the beginning. You will cry with the ending it is soo beautifully written

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NOT THE BEST

From other reviews I thought this book was going to be wonderful....not so at least for me. The narrator for Sascha was like listening to someone reading the news. I tried to return but it was too late so finished just because. No big surprises especially the end. Towards the end I was over the whole thing and just wanted it to be over.

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Still Struggling To Finish!!!

Sadly, I’m desperately trying to finish this audiobook, and still have more than 6 hours to go…. The story is slow moving, and none of the 3 narrators is making a positive impression on me. Hoping that the story will at least pick up a bit, but feel like it’s wishful thinking at this point. Do yourself a favor and pass on this listen…. There are plenty of solid historical fiction audiobooks to choose from, and many with performers who are far more believable as characters. I plan to return it once I’m done… That is, assuming I can make it to the end without just giving up due to boredom.

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chewing the carpet

way too whiny and self indulgent covered in sticky faux glamour and infidelity...more gross than engrossing

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Such a provocative part of history

Loved the colorful images of Europe provided by author.
Found narrator boring and with out passion. Always find something to like about main character but Eva’s character was narcissistic, self absorbed, and impossible to like at all.

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Exceptional

You have placed me right smack in the middle of this World War II novel. This should be made into a film.