The Lost Girls of Paris Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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A New York Times best seller
“Fraught with danger, filled with mystery, and meticulously researched, The Lost Girls of Paris is a fascinating tale of the hidden women who helped to win the war.” (Lisa Wingate, New York Times best-selling author of Before We Were Yours)
From the author of the runaway best seller The Orphan’s Tale comes a remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female secret agents during World War II.
One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, Grace Healey finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs - each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station.
Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a network of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery. Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother turned agent named Marie, whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valor, and betrayal.
Vividly rendered and inspired by true events, New York Times best-selling author Pam Jenoff shines a light on the incredible heroics of the brave women of the war and weaves a mesmerizing tale of courage, sisterhood and the great strength of women to survive in the hardest of circumstances.
A Cosmopolitan Best Book Club Book, PopSugar Must-Read, and Glamour Best of 2019
“An intriguing mystery and a captivating heroine make The Lost Girls of Paris a read to savor!” (Kate Quinn, New York Times best-selling author of The Alice Network)
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 41 minutes|
|Narrator||Elizabeth Knowelden, Henrietta Meire, Candace Thaxton|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 29, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #9,433 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#18 in Jewish Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
#52 in Jewish Literature & Fiction
#172 in War & Military Fiction
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2019
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This is my first time reading Pam Jenoff; it certainly won’t be my last. She has an engaging style, a smooth and easy flow of captivating prose. Once I started to read her book, it took a great effort to stop to do chores and keep appointments. She is such an excellent story teller. She connects easily and effortlessly with her readers’ imagination. Graphic scenes after scenes glide smoothly and continuously. It’s like watching an interactive movie. One time I’m a ringside spectator to events; at another I’m the voice that is narrating. There were times when I felt as if I was the voice in the head of the characters judging or evaluating their actions.
Jenoff’s book presents an interesting prelude. The “instigator” by chance came upon photos of several girls. Intense curiosity and unrelenting persistency opened up a window which unveiled the exploits of these girls. They were involved in extremely dangerous covert activities in France directed by the British during World War II. The discovery of the photos initiated two parallel narratives with a common quest:a search for what happened to the Lost Girls. The first narrative occurs a few years after the events; the second in real time. However, the narratives are like two independent clauses of a sentence. They each can stand alone, but are linked by a common goal.
The author allows us into the minds of two protagonist, each grappling with different facts and under different circumstances. The first protagonist is propelled by pure curiosity to uncover the truth about the fate of the girls. There is little to go on, just the haunting photos. But in the second narrative the other protagonist is troubled by mounting evidence that something is awry. Unfortunately, she is blocked by higher authorities to search for the truth. Consequently, victims point to her as their betrayer.
The Lost Girls of Paris is a book that captures real life experiences of loyalty, bravery, friendship, and love. It also includes the darker side of humanity:brutality, hate and betrayal. In this book it is women who are prominently described with such experiences. Rightfully so, because women’s role in the two world wars is marginalized. Why is this so? Because it’s a reflection of male dominated societies around the globe. This book is a much needed correction to this.
“...the notion of a woman holding a job...” should sensitize readers to bias against females that still exist today. I had a sense of history repeating itself when reading comments implying that women should stay home. In the second narrative we get a broader view of the social problem: “Getting hired had been an uphill battle:she was not just a woman, but a Polish national—and a Jew”. The underlying purpose of The Lost Girl of Paris is not to minimize the advancements made to date in gender equality. But rather to give historical context to the struggles women face. It shows that the attitudes behind their impediment to achieve equality still lingers.
Pam Jenoff has done a magnificent job in memorializing the heroic role played by women in World War II. Their contributions to the war efforts deserve to be known and remembered.
Though I feel that the story is over dramatic, and romanticizes the War, it is a good read. I’m looking forward to discussing it with other members of my
Whilst this is first and foremost a fictional novel the author maintained historical fact through her research into the SOE. I was totally unaware of the war efforts of these brave women, who went unheralded for many years after the war, many of whom never came home.
The main characters are Eleanor Trigg, the head of the women’s SOE agents, Marie, a British woman who was recruited to the group and sent to Paris, and Grace, an American in New York, who a year after the war had ended, stumbled across an abandoned suitcase which contained photos of 12 British women from SOE, which inspired her to research who they were, and who owned the suitcase.
As the story unfolds we see the persistence of Eleanor as she fights for the women’s division of the SOE to continue despite opposition from the male dominated special operations group and the dangers the women faced in their roles in Europe.
This novel is a truly enlightening story of bravery and perseverance.
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I'm sorry to say these things matter to me, and errors like this spoiled my enjoyment of what was probably a good read.
Don’t waste your time or money on this, there are far better books about Vera Atkins and the female SOE agents. Changing names and accents does little to disguise that this is merely a copy of far more accurate and better written stories.
For a start we had some ludicrous plot-lines. We’re to believe that a captured member of the SOE, who was captured by the Gestapo, interrogated, imprisoned for weeks and then put on a train for a camp was still able to conceal a grenade the size of an egg! Maybe she kept it in her handbag..!! Not to mention the high ranking Nazi War Criminal who kept hold of a key to his Safety Deposit Box. I realise these were necessary to get the plot to its conclusion, but they were totally unbelievable.
Whilst I’m on the subject, the author (and her publishing team) really need to brush up in their accuracy: we had a couple - in the 1940s - discussing a trip across the Atlantic on the QEII. If the author is struggling to see what’s wrong with this I’ll make it simple .... Queen Elizabeth II didn’t come to the throne until 1952, so hard to imagine a ship named after a monarch who didn’t exist at that point (the QEII wasn’t built until the 1960s). I know Ms Jennoff is American bit that’s just sloppy writing.
The subject matter is gritty but it is handled in a light way that should make it accessible to anyone.
The story starts in New York just after the war alongside another timeline in London during 1944. Details of the settings are a major part of the book in the first few chapters and it is increasingly frustrating that many of the details are inaccurate - one example being that the author refers to a British house as being a "row house" (of course it is a terrace). I understand the author is American but an editor ought to have picked this up.
After a few chapters I got the definite feeling that I had read it before. The true events behind this story are amazing and have been used as a basis for many novels so I was curious to see if Pam Jenoff could bring something new.
Unfortunately the novel lightens the topic far too much adding a romantic level that is too obvious and introducing coincidences that are completely unbelievable.
This might be good for someone who knows nothing of this story but The Lilac Girls and anything by Kate Quinn are far better.
The characters were inconsistent to the story and the author seemed to want them to do everything for everyone.
There were also some basic historical inaccuracies which is normally not a problem in fiction when the story is strong enough but it wasn't here.
Some people will love the light touch of the subject but I thought the memory was trivialised and wanted something much darker.
I was suspicious of the pretty "girl" on the front cover and the use of the term "girl" in the title which were all women trying to establish themselves in a male world.
The book follows three women agents from different backgrounds brought together through their enrolment in the SEO. Following training they are deployed into their special operation missions across Paris. They are to be under cover operators for London in Nazi occupied Paris. That is, until their roles are jeopardised and their lives threatened when one of their operation transmitters is intercepted by the Germans.
A most exciting story of heroism and strength.