The Girl from Berlin: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2018
13 hours 24 minutes
In internationally-bestselling author Ronald H. Balson's newest audiobook, The Girl from Berlin, Liam and Catherine come to the aid of an old friend and are drawn into a property dispute in Tuscany that unearths long-buried secrets.

An old friend calls Catherine Lockhart and Liam Taggart to his famous Italian restaurant to enlist their help. His aunt is being evicted from her home in the Tuscan hills by a powerful corporation claiming they own the deeds, even though she can produce her own set of deeds to her land. Catherine and Liam’s only clue is a bound handwritten manuscript, entirely in German, and hidden in its pages is a story long-forgotten…

Ada Baumgarten was born in Berlin in 1918, at the end of the war. The daughter of an accomplished first-chair violinist in the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic, and herself a violin prodigy, Ada’s life was full of the rich culture of Berlin’s interwar society. She formed a deep attachment to her childhood friend Kurt, but they were torn apart by the growing unrest as her Jewish family came under suspicion. As the tides of history turned, it was her extraordinary talent that would carry her through an unraveling society turned to war, and make her a target even as it saved her, allowing her to move to Bologna—though Italy was not the haven her family had hoped, and further heartache awaited.

What became of Ada? How is she connected to the conflicting land deeds of a small Italian villa? As they dig through the layers of lies, corruption, and human evil, Catherine and Liam uncover an unfinished story of heart, redemption, and hope—the ending of which is yet to be written.
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I have nothing but the highest praise for this book, it's writer and narrator. The plot is intriguing and the story within the story is shocking nut believable. The characters have depth and distinct personalities and I couldn't wait to listen each day while I worked in my studio. I look forward to more from this author

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L L.

Brilliantly narrated. Similar story line to the author's other books and just as enjoyable.

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Marissa S.

The book was decent. The modern story was dull.

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Catherine L.

Balson's stories are eyeopening about the holocaust and about the "troubles" in north Ireland as well as about the ongoing terror in the middle east. Add to that a great narrator in Fred Berman and you have a series you won't want to end. I can't wait for the next book. The Girl from Berlin is riveting. Don't miss this story about 80 year old Gaby who refuses to give up the fight as a powerful corporation comes after her land and her home. Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart make a great detective/legal team.

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Rosie K.

This is one of the best booksI have listened to in the last few years. It is so riveting that It was hard to turn off. It is a must read and you won’t be disappointed. One more thing the reader(s) was excellent also!

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