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  • The German Half-Bloods

  • The Half-Bloods Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Jana Petken
  • Narrated by: Alistair Davis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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The German Half-Bloods

By: Jana Petken
Narrated by: Alistair Davis
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Summary

Germany, September 1939. At the outbreak of war, Dieter Vogel and his family face catastrophic events and separation as each member embarks on their deadly paths towards survival, love, and freedom.

Dieter Vogel, a German industrialist, believes in protecting his family at all costs, but in a bid to keep his English wife and children safe, he is plunged into a well of deceit that tears the family apart.

Doctor Paul Vogel is coerced into working in the Nazi eugenics program and soon discovers that sterilizing handicapped and mentally-ill Germans is just a prelude to a more lethal plan against those the Reich deem unworthy of life. Paul, trapped by the SS, seeks help from the unlikeliest of people and is plunged into a world of espionage and murder.

British Army Major Max Vogel is attached to the British Intelligence Services and Winston Churchill’s Special Operations Executive. His missions in occupied Europe are fraught with danger, and his adulterous affair with a woman he cannot give up leads him deeper into the quagmire of treachery and lies.

Wilmot Vogel dreams of winning the Iron Cross, but when he confronts a mass killing of Jews in Poland, his idolatry of Hitler is shaken to its roots, and he finds himself imprisoned in the infamous Dachau concentration camp with no release date in sight.

Hannah Vogel has no ambition other than to marry her English fiancé, Frank, before the lines of war are drawn. Against her father’s wishes, she leaves Berlin on the eve of the German invasion of Poland, but when she arrives in England, she learns that Frank is not the civilian engineer he claims to be.

©2018 Jana Petken (P)2019 Cherry Hill Publishing

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Spoilt by the narration

Luckily the 2nd and 3rd installments in this trilogy have a different narrator. This one made the characters sound as if they were in ‘Ello ‘Ello.

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Narration sounds like AI - ruined the book

This would have been a great book if it hadn't been for the awful narrator - the mispronounciation was so bad - even simple words - woman instead of women - binoculars pronounced - by- binoculars
The story was good but difficult to finish due to the narrator .. this is one book I think I'll need to read instead of listen to!

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Fascinating story !!!!

I nearly turned away from this book as there were so many bad reviews regarding the narrator BUT once you are in the story - you simply cannot stop listening as the the story is well plotted- well put together and well presented -

Now I need to go Part II is awaiting me !

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100% ruined by narrator

I had to give up half way through despite enjoying the storyline. The narrator renders 80% reported speech with accurate accent, the exceptions being ridiculous cartoonish high pitched squawky characters. BUT ( and I find this hard to understand) narrative is APPALLING.: rapid, robotic, frequent incorrect pronunciation, lacking correct intonation and inflection, like the awful AI voice overs you sometimes get on videos. It’s as if he doesn’t understand what he’s reading. So no, Audible, I did not enjoy this performance.

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