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Armchair travel (Europe & U.S.) and history combined, with a great plot. As a history major, I find it interesting to see what a bit of research and a good plot can make an exciting book.

Playlist Tags: Village Square Booksellers genre: Historical Fiction post-war topic: historical fiction women ww2

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Eternal

By Lisa Scottoline
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Edoardo Ballerini & Lisa Scottoline
Length: 19 hours 5 minutes

Eternal

“ A historical fiction pager turner set in one during WW2. The story of Elizabette, Marco and Sando. Their love, friendship and losses. The audio readers are fabulous”

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The Book of Two Ways

A Novel

By Jodi Picoult
Narrated by: Patti Murin
Length: 15 hours 47 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light comes a “powerful” (The Washington Post) novel about the choices that alter the course of our lives.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY MARIE CLAIRE

Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She’s on a plane when the flight attendant... Read more »

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Hour of the Witch

A Novel

By Chris Bohjalian
Narrated by: Grace Experience, Saskia Maarleveld, Danny Campbell, Cassandra Campbell, Arthur Morey, Mark Deakins, Julia Whelan, Kaleo Griffith, Kirby Heyborne, Rebecca Lowman & Mark Bramhall
Length: 14 hours 8 minutes

Hour of the Witch

“Trapped in a marriage with a violent man in Puritan New England, the fierce and resilient Mary Deerfield has the audacity to file for divorce in a time when women are accused of witchcraft for any non-conforming behavior. While historical, this story rings true for today.”

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The Four Winds

A Novel

By Kristin Hannah
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 15 hours 2 minutes

The Four Winds

“I devoured Kristin Hannah’s masterful work of historical fiction, narrated by one of the best audiobook narrators working today, Julia Whelan. I found myself desperately rooting for the Martinelli family as they face a persistent series of crises during the Great Depression & the Dust Bowl. This is character driven storytelling at its best — each time I stepped away from it I couldn’t stop thinking about them. The Four Winds is a deeply moving story about a particularly dark era of profoundly relevant American history. BONUS: This audiobook edition includes an interview with author and narrator at the end!”

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The Exiles

A Novel

By Christina Baker Kline
Narrated by: Caroline Lee
Length: 10 hours 43 minutes

The Exiles

“To be candid, I sure that The Exiles wasn't going to be my cup of tea. Boy, was I ever wrong. The Exiles is a powerful and unforgettable novel that is beautifully written. I will warn you, some of the scenes portrayed were so raw and haunting that the visuals took a while to leave my mind. But they were warranted and made the story much more believable. The narration was definitely a star in its own right. Every accent was on point. Christine Baker Kline has now become one of my favorite authors. If you enjoy historical fiction with depth this book is for you.”

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz

A Novel

By Heather Morris
Narrated by: Richard Armitage
Length: 7 hours 25 minutes

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

“Just, wow. By the time I got to this novel I had forgotten it was based on true events! The story is overwhelming, all the more for it's truth. All of the turns that seemed so confusing to me, I learned, are a result of Heather Morris' careful and accurate telling of memories born in chaos. Lale and Gita are truly magical. Make sure you follow through to the VERY end!”

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Housekeeping (Fortieth Anniversary Edition)

A Novel
Picador Modern Classics

By Marilynne Robinson
Narrated by: Thérèse Plummer
Length: 6 hours 24 minutes

"[Narrator Therese] Plummer's talented performance is both illuminating and poignant." -- AudioFile Magazine

Winner of the Pen/Hemingway Award

Fortieth Anniversary Edition

This program includes a bonus conversation with the author.

A modern classic, Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who...

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The Orphan's Tale

By Pam Jenoff
Narrated by: Jennifer Wydra & Kyla Garcia
Length: 12 hours 52 minutes

Look for Pam Jenoff’s new novel, The Woman with the Blue Star, an unforgettable story of courage and friendship during wartime.

A New York Times bestseller!

“Readers who enjoyed Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants will embrace this novel. “ —Library Journal

“Secrets, lies, treachery, and passion…. I read this novel... Read more »

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The Great Alone

A Novel

By Kristin Hannah
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 15 hours 1 minutes

The Great Alone

“Kristin Hannah's The Great Alone is a powerful, compelling story of survival - survival of the natural elements and of the human spirit. It's 1974, and 13-year-old Leni Allbright lives with her devoted mother, Cora, and abusive father, Ernt, who was a prisoner of war during Vietnam. America is changing after the war, and Ernt thinks their best chance at a fresh start is to move off the grid, to America's last frontier - Alaska. Grizzlies, wolves, and dropping temperatures are Leni's worries outside of her family's cabin, but as Ernt's battle with his demons rages on, it's no safer inside. The result is a beautifully descriptive, heart-wrenching adventure.”

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All the Light We Cannot See

A Novel

By Anthony Doerr
Narrated by: Zach Appelman
Length: 16 hours 2 minutes

Winner of the 2015 Audie Award for Fiction

*Winner of the Pulitzer Prize* A New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book* A National Book Award Finalist*

From Anthony Doerr, the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning author of Cloud Cuckoo Land, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a... Read more »

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Resistance Women

A Novel

By Jennifer Chiaverini
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 20 hours 9 minutes

Resistance Women

“Based upon the life of American Mildred Fish Harnack. Mildred, Arvid & Greta meet as graduate students in Wisconsin. Arvid returns to Germany to work. Mildred follows him & they are married. Greta is forced to return to Germany because of the depression. The book follows the rise of Hitler, the increasing persecution of the intelligencia and arts community, especially Communist & Jewish members. Mildred and her friends become involved in the resistance to bring down the regime.”

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The Women in the Castle

By Jessica Shattuck
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 12 hours 38 minutes

The Women in the Castle

“Women in the Castle tells the stories of two German women widowed during World War II. Their disparate backstories reveal so much about the German reaction to Hitler, Nazism and the War both during Hitler’s rise and after Germany’s demise. For one woman, Hitler’s vision (at the beginning) of a strong nation built on physical fitness and outdoor activities was so appealing until reality showed a more sinister motivation. Another woman was a resistor from the start, but even she paid a high price for her righteousness. These lives, so different, yet so intertwined are fascinating to behold. A new twist on an old story.”

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Cape May

A Novel

By Chip Cheek
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 7 hours 34 minutes

Cape May

“This book is extraordinary. In a small, empty beachside town after the season ends, a couple on their ill-planned honeymoon, slowly awakening to all the ways they can disappoint each other, stumble across a Gatsby-ish household of worldly beautiful people who embrace them wholeheartedly. The days pass in a glorious gin-soaked daze; erotic tension charges every encounter. Chip writes like James Salter, with a sense of a humor and a fuller appreciation and understanding of female desire. Moving, so gorgeous, and absolutely brilliant.”

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Tangerine

By Christine Mangan
Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik & Erin Mallon
Length: 9 hours 28 minutes

Tangerine

“A hauntingly horrific debut novel with hints of a Hitchcockian twist, “Tangerine” by Christine Mangan is the tragic tale of 1950’s socialite Alice Shipley and her destitute friend, Lucy Mason, college roommates forever damaged by one dark and stormy night. One year later, a lucky Lucy finds a frail Alice self-medicating in Morocco with a free-loading husband by her side, desperately fighting the demons threatening her descent into madness. Could Lucy be Alice’s lucky charm and her missing link to an exciting life exploring the world without restraint or is she the manipulative mastermind determined to destroy Alice’s life once again?”

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Love and Ruin

A Novel

By Paula McLain
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Length: 11 hours 20 minutes

Love and Ruin

“The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun were two of the most successful titles of the last decade for Alabama Booksmith, and Love and Ruin is more proof for the pudding that Paula McLain is a member of the master class of historical fiction writers. This exciting page-turner follows Martha Gellhorn as she reports from the center of the action of the Spanish Civil War, then jeopardizes her reputation and very existence by falling in love with the greatest literary giant of the day, Ernest Hemingway. This spectacular read is fact-based and deliciously entertaining.”

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The Nickel Boys (Winner 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

A Novel

By Colson Whitehead
Narrated by: JD Jackson & Colson Whitehead
Length: 6 hours 45 minutes

The Nickel Boys (Winner 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

“This is the story of boys at a reform school in Florida in the 1960s. Based on the true story of the Dozier School for Boys, and the atrocities that took place there. This isn’t for the faint of heart; the cruelty and violence are terrible. However, Whitehead is a master novelist. The haunting beauty of his prose makes this a must-read. The narrator is split between 2 main characters, Elwood and Turner, and it is through their eyes that we meet the authorities at Nickel, like Spencer, Earl and Hennepin, all terrifying in their own way. And we meet the other boys, like Griff and Harper, each warped by the horrors they see. And each one has a story which Whitehead sometimes delves into, creating complex characters whose actions make sense for who they are. Whitehead elegantly moves the reader from Elwood’s early pre-Nickel days to events, past and present, at the school and into the future where archeologists and reporters have finally uncovered the truth. Beautifully written. Wonderfully read by JD Jackson. Highly recommended.”

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Varina

A Novel

By Charles Frazier
Narrated by: Molly Parker
Length: 12 hours 7 minutes

Varina

“In the elegant and compelling prose that made Cold Mountain an award-winning bestseller, Charles Frazier brings to life Varina Howell Davis, the wife of the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis. Varina is told in two voices: Varina's and Jimmie Limber's, the black boy she raises as a son and is forced to abandon as she and her children flee Richmond while the Confederacy crumbles. When Jimmie and Varina reunite years later and relive the cataclysmic events of the war years, they examine the morality and consequences of Varina's - and a nation's - choices. As great literature often does, this novel forced me to look at my own actions and attitudes with a more critical eye.”

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