Almost Autumn by Marianne Kaurin | Audiobook Review

Why Did I Listen to Almost Autumn by Marianne Kaurin?

Almost Autumn by Marianne Kaurin has quite the stunning cover and I am always taken in by a beautiful cover. In addition to the cover, I felt like the subject matter of the story seemed quite timely, given the times that we live in and that executive order for the ban on immigrants from I think seven Muslim countries. Anyways, I saw Almost Autumn on Hoopla and was like, I am not getting to my ARC anytime soon, might as well give this a listen.

What’s The Story Here?

Marianne Kaurin’s Almost Autumn is a translated book set in Oslo , Norway in October 1942. It is set as the Nazi Occupation is getting worse. Ilse Stern is about to meet Hermann Rod for their first date at the movies, but Hermann doesn’t show up. You see, it turns out he misses the date because he is in the Resistance and helping Norwegian Jews escape into Sweden, I think it was. Anyways, the story intensifies as the weight of the Occupation bears down on the Sterns – Ilsa’s dad is arrested. Her family is made to register. And of course, the oppression and the horrors continue to stack up from there. No spoilers, but Hermann and Ilse eventually do get their date and what happens from there is surprising and heartbreaking.

What Did I Think Of Almost Autumn?

So, Almost Autumn is written in a way that is certainly different. I mean, it’s written in present tense from I think second person? Or close third person? I don’t know, I am not exactly a literature expert. It’s just different. It took a bit of adjusting for me to get used to the style of writing. I did find this story to be important and one worth reading. Almost Autumn isn’t going to become a favorite for me, but I would recommend it to anyone looking for a book about the Holocaust set in Norway. It does a decent job of showing how quickly the events escalated.

How’s The Narration?

The book is narrated by Taylor Meskimen. I listened to the audiobook at a rate of 1.5 speed. Ultimately, I was not in love with the narration. So, I never fully gelled with it. The gravitas of the story did not really come through for me in the narration. There were also times when of course, my attention wandered and I got bored with the narration. I would recommend you give the physical book a chance before listening. Results may vary.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. The cover really is striking and I don’t normally enjoy reading WW2 novels but something about this has drawn me to it. The writing style sounds like it could be a problem though :/ I’m glad it was worth the read in the end.
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