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The Rabbit Girls

Written by: Anna Ellory
Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
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Audible UK's Debut of the Year 2019

Berlin, 1989. As the wall between East and West falls, Miriam Winter cares for her dying father, Henryk. When he cries out for someone named Frieda - and Miriam discovers an Auschwitz tattoo hidden under his watch strap - Henryk’s secret history begins to unravel.  

Searching for more clues of her father’s past, Miriam finds an inmate uniform from the Ravensbrück women’s camp concealed among her mother’s things. Within its seams are dozens of letters to Henryk written by Frieda. The letters reveal the disturbing truth about the ‘Rabbit Girls’, young women experimented on at the camp. And amid their tales of sacrifice and endurance, Miriam pieces together a love story that has been hidden away in Henryk’s heart for almost 50 years.  

Inspired by these extraordinary women, Miriam strives to break through the walls she has built around herself. Because even in the darkest of times, hope can survive.

©2019 Anna Ellory (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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  • Cricket
  • 04-09-19

Great book....

What a surprise! I really enjoyed this audio book! Not a big fan of one of the characters, I wanted to strangle him. Anyone reading or listening to this book won’t be disappointed.

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  • Donna Grimsley
  • 11-10-19

The rabbit girls

It was good but left some unanswered questions. Great reader though. She did very well with voice characterization.

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  • Mary Smiroldo
  • 12-11-19

Dark, Deep, Disturbing

Beautifully written prose that sounds like poetry when spoken by two of the best narrators I have heard on Audible.
I have learned so much from listening to books about the Holocaust. This one, however, I think was the hardest to hear. Perhaps, the subject of mothers and babies falls too close to home for me, but I was glad I saw it through to the end. There were times, quite honestly, that I thought of quitting, and I had to take frequent breaks, but the beautiful, gentle ending made me glad I stayed with it.
Thank you to the author for her deeply researched story, and to the narrators for bringing the characters to life. I will not soon forget.

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  • drakermom
  • 29-10-19

I could not finish this audio book....

......not because the book was not excellent, or the narrator perfect, but because I listen to my audio books while swimming laps, and this was not a book I could listen to in the swimming pool. Although brilliant, the subject matter was far too harrowing for light listening. I was not familiar with the term ''''rabbit girls", although I am very aware of the unspeakable crimes committed against these women. Consequently, I obtained the Kindle Unlimited version and completed the book that way. Enjoyable is not a word I would use to describe this book, it was gut-wrenching, but it was eminently readable, and I would recommend either version to a serious reader.

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  • Clint
  • 03-09-19

Phenomenal

First quarter builds layer upon layer not quite knowing which way you are being taken as both characters take you on their personal, tragic and brave journeys. Simon Callow gave Henryk life even as he faced death and recounting his experiences during those horrific times.

Gemma Arterton follows suit as the letters and the living memories jump out and drag you back to share in Frieda's experiences.

I cannot believe that this is Anna Ellorys first Novel, genius in its darkness, honesty, and bravery. love can survive the darkest of times indeed.

Fantastic work!

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  • Jodie
  • 13-09-19

Fantastic

I rarely love a book so much that i take the time to review it. I listen to so many, quite a lot I barely get through a few chapters and stop. This book is gripping, raw, sad, courageous, lovely, hard to listen to and happy all at once. I found myself quite literally sat on the edge of my chair mouth open. Silently willing her to just get on and read the next letter!!! I loved how it wasnt a typical ending. Just as you thought you lnew which way it was going, it changed and took you somewhere else. I finished the book feeling I had learnt about suffering more than any other book of the genre. Some things made me so sad i cant ever fully understand the greif that they must have felt. Thank you to the Author for writing such a great book. I cant wait to hear your next one.

If youre on the fence about this book, its that good i would have paid full price for it (rather than a credit).... and thats something I NEVER do. Fantastic

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  • HARRIETBELLE
  • 11-09-19

A work of harrowing brilliance.

I have just finished this book and feel bereft and yet relieved to have done so. I feel bereft of the characters and their stories that were so absorbing and inspiring and relieved because the content of the stories were so harrowing at times I could hardly bear to go on and hear more. Knowing that this story had obviously been well researched so that although the characters were fictitious the historical events of the concentration camps were not, made it all the more compelling....I felt a duty to the memory of the women represented here to carry on listening to the very end.
I also had to listen to the end knowing, or hoping at least, that some justice would be done. Not, tragically in the events of the holocaust but with the more present day situation of the character Miriam and her abusive controlling husband. I willed her on to the end, holding my breath and longing for her to take charge of her life. I also longed for her to be heard and understood rather than being judged by other men and her husband's lies believed.
I discovered at the end, in the interviews with the Author and narrators, that this is Anna Ellory's first book!....I am in awe of her and if I ever met her I would tell her that this is MASTERPIECE of LITERATURE and should become one of the most important books in libraries across the World. It reaches to all levels from teens to elderly and if it was made into a film I would not hesitate to see it but with a huge box of tissues and no chocolates!!

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  • Lesley
  • 11-09-19

bleak but totally brilliant

I always avoid books about the holocaust,but this one grabbed me. It is so bleak and sad,especially the chapters in the concentration camps.I was appalled with the domestic violence scenes but was relieved as Miriam became stronger.A gripping read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-19

Stunning. Bleak, hopeful and beautifully written and read

This gem of a book tackles the toughest subjects, but with dignity, resilience, and hope. The writing is extraordinary and the performances outstanding.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-19

Loved every word

I loved the descriptive narration the way the narrator bought the book to life. I wish I was only just starting this excellent audio book.

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  • Louise Harper
  • 15-11-19

Stunning

What an incredible novel. Utterly gripping, beautifully crafted, wonderful descriptions. Not a wasted word. Brilliantly narrated. Terrific female characters and relationships. Harrowing. Highly recommend.

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  • David B.
  • 13-11-19

A lesson in history

I have learned so much reading this book never quite realised how badly women were treated in the concentration camps it was truly awful, I did shed a tear or two when reading this book.

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  • @amalthea10
  • 03-11-19

It could have been better

I have to say the narration of this book ruined it for me. I found it so hard to listen to. It sounded like computerised text to speech. I couldnt finish it. Such a shame as I feel the book was going to be interesting.

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  • tara kirk
  • 30-10-19

performance / narration very poor

Simon Callows performance was poor - so disappointing for an actor of his calibre. he mumbled throughout his chapters and i had to either replay or increase volume everytime he spoke.
Gemma Atterton's was better but wooden
Storyline had potential but characters were one dimensional.
i would not recommend