The Ragged Edge of Night

Written by:
Olivia Hawker
Narrated by:
Olivia Hawker , Nick Sandys

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2018
12 hours 0 minutes
For fans of All the Light We Cannot See, Beneath a Scarlet Sky, and The Nightingale comes an emotionally gripping, beautifully written historical novel about extraordinary hope, redemption, and one man’s search for light during the darkest times of World War II.

Germany, 1942. Franciscan friar Anton Starzmann is stripped of his place in the world when his school is seized by the Nazis. He relocates to a small German hamlet to wed Elisabeth Herter, a widow who seeks a marriage—in name only—to a man who can help raise her three children. Anton seeks something too—atonement for failing to protect his young students from the wrath of the Nazis. But neither he nor Elisabeth expects their lives to be shaken once again by the inescapable rumble of war.

As Anton struggles to adapt to the roles of husband and father, he learns of the Red Orchestra, an underground network of resisters plotting to assassinate Hitler. Despite Elisabeth’s reservations, Anton joins this army of shadows. But when the SS discovers his schemes, Anton will embark on a final act of defiance that may cost him his life—even if it means saying goodbye to the family he has come to love more than he ever believed possible.
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Mary K.

Loved that this was a true story. It kept me on edge but was never devastating like some WW2 books.

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Terence K.

This was one of the best books I have listened to. I am a fan of Historical Fiction, and I found this story very interesting and inspiring. It showed how one person of courage could make a difference in the lives of an entire village, while providing insight into the lives of the common people of Germany during WWII. The Narrator did a great job giving the characters individual voices and it really made it easy to distinguish them.

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Alberta A.

I enjoyed the book. It brought up what the average person when thru and what they did to survive. Our current political system could lead us down the same path if we don't stand up for democracy. I would definitely recommend it to friends, family and book clubs.

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Tanna G.

This was a great book. It was engaging and well-written. I definitely recommend the book. I gave the narrator only 3 stars because he started using inconsistent Irish accents for the dialogue of German characters. It was an odd choice. I would prefer no accent instead of inconsistent and inaccurate accents that change throughout the book. The narrator took me out of the story due to his weird choices. But the story was great!

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