In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.
Read by Zak Appleman. ~16 hours
The descriptions of St Malo were so spot on that I felt I was on a re-visit.
Great story-telling, especially liked the radio evolution and natural history sections.
Constructing the Atlantic Wall
There are flaws, and increasing needlessly protracted areas from the halfway mark onwards, yet there were also flashes of pure genius, and some parts had me holding my breath.