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All the Broken Places

By: John Boyne
Narrated by: Helen Lloyd,Kristin Atherton
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1946. Three years after a cataclysmic event that tore their lives apart, a mother and daughter flee Poland for Paris, shame and fear at their heels, not knowing how hard it is to escape your past.

Nearly 80 years later, Gretel Fernsby lives a life that is a far cry from her traumatic childhood. When a couple moves into the flat below her in her London mansion block, it should be nothing more than a momentary inconvenience. However, the appearance of their nine-year-old son, Henry, brings back memories she would rather forget.

Faced with a choice between her own safety and his, Gretel is taken back to a similar crossroads she encountered long ago. Back then, her complicity dishonoured her life, but to interfere now could risk revealing the secrets she has spent a lifetime protecting.

All the Broken Places is John Boyne's masterful sequel to his classic best seller The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, taking a character from that novel on a journey to a place she never goes—the past. Through her story, he explores the aftermath of the war and the effects of a lifetime of guilt.

©2022 John Boyne (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Simply outstanding and powerful novel

I am so bereft that this book has finally finished, and am jealous of those that will come to it and discover its beauty. Strange words, but there is always beauty in John Boynes writing.

You could listen to this book as a one off, however having either read or watched the film The boy in the striped pyjamas you will understand this so much better.

The main Character Gretel is complex and her life teased out through the story like a work of art.

The two narrators for both young and old Gretel are just perfect, they bring the gap to life, between book and cinematography in your minds eye.

I am sure like other others who have finished this book, will find the character of Gretel one to ponder over.
I have no doubt I am not the only one who will think what would they have done in Gretel's shoes after the end of the war, as well as in the latter part of the book.

This will go into my top 10 books of all time.
Enjoy, I highly recommended it.

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Sensational

I don't know where to begin with this book. an absolute work of art. I wish I could start all over again for the first time. These characters will stay with me. An absolute must read.

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All The Broken Places

Another awesome book from John Boyne, my all-time favourite author. Unforgettable story with fascinating complex characters and fantastic narration.

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Stunning, just stunning.

LOVED this book - like many of John Boynes other books it’s a totally absorbing read.

I’ve read loads of his books now and feel that he’s at his best when he’s writing about challenging subjects.

If you enjoyed The Hearts Invisible Furies (my favourite book of all time) you’ll love this.

It’s rich & complex, spans multiple points in time, has his lightness of touch - a total triumph.

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Fascinating, though disturbing follow up

I have listened to / absorbed this in one long sitting. The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas had resonated with me as I have visited the Other Place. So many threads revisited and a surprisingly satisfactory ending, if I am allowed to state this. Narration spot on and now I will re- listened to recall all the nuances and descriptions. Well worth 3 times 5 stars!

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This book is a back to basics , well written, interesting and compelling story from John Boyne, it’s the sort of book you long to pick up each evening. is the adult sequel to The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
Personally this is an extremely thought provoking read! Should we sympathise with Gretel? She was a child during the atrocities, and should she have to pay for the sins of her father? This is a story that will stay with you long after you finish listening

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Great Story and narration

Another great story by John Boyne! Loved the narration, especially the older Gretel, although both were excellent.

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Amazing human take on Holocaust.

Brilliant Book amazing human story
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reader excellent lovely voice.
would recommend it. 👌

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Clever sequel

I loved the clever links with what had happened in ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ and the way a life can be carried out under the very dark shadow of the past and one’s actions and those of one’s family. Great characters and twists - I found it hard to stop listening.

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John Boyne .

A gem of a book . Thankyou John Boyne. Best audio book I have listened to . The narration was excellent.

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Incredible sequel

Loved the story and the character of Gretel. Always freaked by the horrors of the holocaust and the impact on millions of lives. Never thought of it from the side of the daughter of one of the evil perpetrators.

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  • 19-11-22

Nazi apologist book

This book reads like a nazi apologist book. I read two thirds and could not complete it.