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Summary

The bestselling author of The Designer presents a sweeping story of blind faith, family allegiance and how love makes one man question everything he thought he knew.

Max Wolff is a committed soldier of the Reich. So when he is sent home wounded, only to discover that his mother is sheltering two young Jewish women in their home, he is outraged. 

His mother’s act of mercy is a gross betrayal of everything Max stands for. He has dedicated his life to Nazism, fighting to atone for the shame of his anti-Hitler father’s imprisonment. It’s his duty to turn the sisters over to the Gestapo. But he hesitates, and the longer Max fails to do his duty, the harder it becomes. 

When Allied bombers fill the skies of Germany, Max is forced to abandon all dogma and face the brutality of war in order to defend precious lives. But what will it cost him?

©2021 by Marius Gabriel. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Very Real

A beautiful listen, the narrator brings to life the depths and layers of each character so well, I felt quite moved by some of the experiences.

I especially like how very real the whole story is.

Five stars from me

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Absolutely brilliant

This had me hooked from start to finish. I’ve read a lot of ww2 novels but I think this is the first I’ve read which delves into wartime Germany from a non-Jewish German’s perspective, as in the case of Magda and Max… a beautiful but tragic tale, with Jewish Lola’s heart wrenchingly sad story told beautifully, and which was narrated masterfully. I don’t think I’ve ever really realised the dreadful effect of the Dresden bombings and the final months of battle on ‘normal Germans’. Highly recommend this book

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Just wonderful


Really enjoyed this story. The lives of people in Nazi Germany during WW2.

Great characters and a very believable story.

Perfect narration skilled in accents and male female.

Highly recommend.

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Girls in the attic

Loved this book. It held my interests from start to finish I'll definitely look for more of Marius Gabriel's books.

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Good story but dreadful narration

The story is interesting, harrowing, evocative. The narration, and in particular the German accents, are atrocious - I have many English speaking German relatives and friends and they definitely don't sound like this!

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  • 29-06-21

Gripping from the start

So wonderfully written and narrated. I was hooked from the start. The characters were so real. The war through the eyes of a German and a Jew was very inciting.

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Superb

Exceptional story, and told very well, hats off too you! You should read this it truly deserves it

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A superb book

Beautifully written and read. Poignant, sad, historically so informative. I thought I knew this chapter of history but found enormous gaps that this book filled whilst giving a story that was so needed to be told.

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A good story with generally good narration. Only concern was the poor accents and intonation, which switched between a poor German and Indian.

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didn’t her mother teach her any manners?

This might have been a decent story if that spoilt brat Lola hadn’t been in it. Didn’t her mother teach her any manners? Lola is, along with her sister, a guest in a house during a time when great risks were run to protect Jews of which Lola and Heidi are two. Yet Lola seems to think she can quarrel with Max putting Magda, the one taking all the risks, in an impossible position and nobody even bothers to discipline her at least, not in a way that sounds like she really means it when Deidi weakly tells her sister to try diplomacy. The performance was really good though. As for the rest, I didn’t even finish it. A meaty morsel that turned out to be rancid is how I’d sum up this book.

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  • 02-11-21

impact of The War in Germany on Germans

This novel is about wartime experience of several germans during WW2. i thought it would focus more on the story of the girls in the attic. Rather the focus was wartime events and suffering. i found the author to be extremely repetitive with the events, the descriptions, and circumstances.

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  • JudinSD
  • 20-09-21

Great storyline

The narration was excellent with a different voice inflections. Really enjoyed this book of how terrible war is and wonderful how love can Overcome diversity.

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  • Barbara Smith
  • 19-07-21

Great book

First WWII book I’ve read about the German people who were not Nazi’s and how they suffered and were in danger during the war.

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  • JoAnn B.
  • 28-12-21

Girls in the attic what a story.

It was a gripping story of loss, love, and war. How could a young woman serve world war 1 if she was a Jew. This story was a page turner. It keep me on my toes the whole way threw.

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  • Margaret
  • 27-12-21

such a good book.

This is a story of WW2 from Germanys point of view. The narration is excellent.

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  • Patricia F.
  • 19-12-21

Great read!

I loved this book! It is one of my top 10 favorites now! Do not miss out on this book. The narrator was fantastic as well.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-10-21

An interesting story of WW2

This story is told from the perspective of a young Jewish girl who is hidden from the Nazi's. She travels through Germany with a young Panzer officer at the end of the war. Interesting.

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  • Leslie Gleiser
  • 22-08-21

Good insight life during ww2

A hard listen. The accent of the narrator perhaps making it a little too real.

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  • Gretchen
  • 13-06-21

Hard to Believem

Girls In the Attic fell short of the other books I have listened to by this author. The characters were poorly developed, hard to believe. The dialog between the Decorated SS officer & the discovered Jews was so implausible- it read more like a sappy romance than a serious historical novel. I was disappointed in this book.

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  • Cyn ND
  • 12-08-22

Brilliantly sad.

Excellent narrator. Excellent story. Different perspective for the storyline. It grabs your attention at the very beginning and never lets go. Lots of tears.
I've often wondered how people can be so cruel. Now I see it on our own streets and my heart breaks.