The Ventriloquists by E. R. Ramzipoor audiobook

The Ventriloquists: A Novel

By E. R. Ramzipoor
Read by Nancy Peterson

Park Row Books, Harlequin Audio 9780778308157
20.33 Hours Unabridged
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Inspired by true events, this sweeping WWII novel tells the incredible story of a ragtag gang of resistance fighters—including a misfit journalist, a forger, and a young street urchin—who go to extraordinary lengths and risk their lives to publish a satiric newspaper mocking the Reich, pitched as All the Light We Cannot See meets Ocean’s Eleven. Brussels, 1943. Orphaned when the Nazis invaded, twelve-year-old street urchin Helene survives by living as a boy and selling copies of the country’s most popular newspaper—Le Soir, now turned into Nazi propaganda like so many others. Helene’s entire world changes when she befriends a misfit journalist, Marc Aubrion, who draws her into the Front de l’Indépendance, a secret network of resistance fighters publishing dissident underground newspapers. Aubrion’s unbridled creativity and linguistic genius attracts the attention of August Wolff, a high-ranking Nazi official tasked with swaying public opinion against the Allies. Wolff captures Aubrion and his comrades and gives them an impossible choice: use the voice of the resistance to paint the Allies as monsters, or be killed. Faced with no decision at all, Aubrion has a brilliant idea—he, Helene, and his fellow condemned resistance writers will pretend to do the Nazi’s bidding, all the while writing and distributing a fake edition of Le Soir. This faux Soir will mock the Reich, poke fun at Hitler and Stalin, and give power back to the Belgians by daring to laugh in the face of their oppressors. The ventriloquists have agreed to die for a joke, and they have only eighteen days to tell it. Told with dazzling scope, taut prose and devastating emotion, The Ventriloquists illuminates the extraordinary acts of courage by ordinary people forgotten by history—unlikely heroes who risked everything to orchestrate the most elaborate feat of satire Europe has ever seen.

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Summary

Summary

Inspired by true events, this sweeping WWII novel tells the incredible story of a ragtag gang of resistance fighters—including a misfit journalist, a forger, and a young street urchin—who go to extraordinary lengths and risk their lives to publish a satiric newspaper mocking the Reich, pitched as All the Light We Cannot See meets Ocean’s Eleven.

Brussels, 1943. Orphaned when the Nazis invaded, twelve-year-old street urchin Helene survives by living as a boy and selling copies of the country’s most popular newspaper—Le Soir, now turned into Nazi propaganda like so many others. Helene’s entire world changes when she befriends a misfit journalist, Marc Aubrion, who draws her into the Front de l’Indépendance, a secret network of resistance fighters publishing dissident underground newspapers.

Aubrion’s unbridled creativity and linguistic genius attracts the attention of August Wolff, a high-ranking Nazi official tasked with swaying public opinion against the Allies. Wolff captures Aubrion and his comrades and gives them an impossible choice: use the voice of the resistance to paint the Allies as monsters, or be killed. Faced with no decision at all, Aubrion has a brilliant idea—he, Helene, and his fellow condemned resistance writers will pretend to do the Nazi’s bidding, all the while writing and distributing a fake edition of Le Soir. This faux Soir will mock the Reich, poke fun at Hitler and Stalin, and give power back to the Belgians by daring to laugh in the face of their oppressors.

The ventriloquists have agreed to die for a joke, and they have only eighteen days to tell it.

Told with dazzling scope, taut prose and devastating emotion, The Ventriloquists illuminates the extraordinary acts of courage by ordinary people forgotten by history—unlikely heroes who risked everything to orchestrate the most elaborate feat of satire Europe has ever seen.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Funny, sad and poignant in its telling, The Ventriloquists reminds us that so much of what we read, hear, and watch is propaganda—for someone, for some organization, some country. I cannot recommend this story highly enough.” Heather Morris, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Art and artifice, life and death collide powerfully in The Ventriloquists…E. R. Ramzipoor has made an unforgettable and important contribution to the canon of Holocaust literature.” Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author
“Ramzipoor brilliantly gives a lost moment of history voice, flesh and soul. [A] frighteningly relevant look at what happens when the news is controlled by biased and antagonistic forces.” Devin Murphy, author of The Boat Runner
“A compelling historical [novel] that details the remarkable saga of how 50,000 copies of a newspaper were published under the thumb of the gestapo…Engrossing.” Booklist (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: E. R. Ramzipoor

Author Bio: E. R. Ramzipoor

E. R. Ramzipoor is a writer based in California. She also works as a content marketer, writing about cybercrime and online fraud. Her writing has been featured in McSweeney’s. Ramzipoor lives with her partner and a terrier mix named Lada.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 20.33
Audience: Adult
Language: English