Every month, our reviewers and editors select the best new audiobooks just for Criticspace’s readers. This month’s change in seasons from summer vacation to back-to-school and work brings with it some of the most anticipated books of the year. So, grab your earbuds and queue ’em up!
This book is getting a lot of well-deserved attention for its unique story and its beautiful writing. It starts late in World War II, as the Allies begin shelling the French city of Saint-Malo to drive out the remaining Nazi troops. Our two main characters are Marie Laure, a blind French girl who fled here with her uncle from Paris, and Werner, a radio expert in the German army who is stuck in the city when the attack begins. We jump back and forth in time, and between the two characters’ perspectives to see how both young people were brought to this place.