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My Father's House

By: Joseph O'Connor
Narrated by: Barry Barnes, Stephen Hogan, Barnaby Edwards, Laurence Bouvard, Aoife Duffin, Gertrude Thoma, David John, Roberto Davide, Thomas Hill
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Summary

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September 1943: German forces occupy Rome. SS officer Paul Hauptmann rules with terror. The war's outcome is far from certain.

An Irish priest, Hugh O'Flaherty, dedicates himself to helping those escaping from the Nazis. His home is Vatican City, the world's smallest state, a neutral, independent country within Rome where the occupiers hold no sway. Here Hugh brings together an unlikely band of friends to hide the vulnerable under the noses of the enemy.

But Hauptmann's net begins closing in on the Escape Line and the need for a terrifyingly audacious mission grows critical. By Christmastime, it's too late to turn back.

Based on an extraordinary true story, My Father's House is a powerful literary thriller from a master of historical fiction. Joseph O'Connor has created an unforgettable novel of love, faith and sacrifice, and what it means to be truly human in the most extreme circumstances.

©2023 Joseph O'Connor (P)2023 Penguin Audio

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Intense, Engrossing, and Informative.

A totally engrossing story with historical facts about the amazing bravery of an Irish priest in Rome, who helped 6,500 people escape during World War 2.

I listed to this audio book within two days, it was totally absorbing.

The narration was exceptional.

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The Vatican City in a time of war.

A superb story with wonderful narration. The zeitgeist was captured with clarity making this a most memorable novel.

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Audio version may be more enjoyable

This is fiction based on real people living in Rome during the Nazi occupation. The action developed like a thriller, so best not to search for information about Father Hugh until you have finished listening! The different voice for each character works really well and because of that, the audio version may be a more enjoyable experience compared to reading the book.

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Touching and authentic

Loved this look at the Vatican involvement in WW2.
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Perfect

Everything about the book is perfect - narrators, writing and story. My only regret was that it had to end.

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My Fathers House

A beautiful story well written/read, exciting, sad, thought provoking. A joy from begging to end.

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My Father’s House

Just superb from start to finish. I felt I was there amidst the streets and alleys of Rome, and throughly enjoyed the various readings that brought each character alive. Such bravery must be heralded over and over again to remind us fortunate enough to have been spared the barbarity and brutality of the Second World War.

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So good I listened twice

Excellently narrated
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Quite detailed so I reread it back to back twice

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Moving unusual

Brilliant having all the different characters Love the story. Learning about Rome in the war

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Enthralling

A truly remarkable book. Even during the early hours of the morning difficult to stop listening and therefore sacrificing much sleep. But no regrets for this.

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