The Bravest Voices by Ida Cook audiobook

The Bravest Voices: A Memoir of Two Sisters' Heroism During the Nazi Era

By Ida Cook
Read by Heather Wilds

Harlequin Audio, Park Row Books 9780778388098
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This timeless memoir documents two sisters’ bravery leading up to WWII—a singular historical account that shines a light on one of humanity’s darkest hours. Ida and Louise Cook are two ordinary Englishwomen, seemingly destined never to stray from their quiet London suburb and comfortable jobs, Ida as a budding romance novelist and Louise as a civil service typist. But in 1923, a chance hearing of an aria from Madame Butterfly sparked a passion for opera in the sisters that led to the formation of friendships with some of Europe’s leading singers and their network, many of them Jewish. As the Nazis rose to power, Ida and Louise began working with the opera world’s insiders to save members of the community from persecution and death. Through ingenuity, thrift, and bottomless goodwill, the sisters eluded the suspicion of the Nazis and helped secure safe passage for dozens of refugees. No one would have predicted such daring lives for Ida and Louise Cook—but that underestimation is exactly how they were able to save lives. First published in 1950, Ida Cook’s memoir of the adventures she and Louise shared remains as fresh, vital, and entertaining as the woman who wrote it and is a moving testament to the extraordinary acts of courage by two everyday heroes.

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Summary

Summary

This timeless memoir documents two sisters’ bravery leading up to WWII—a singular historical account that shines a light on one of humanity’s darkest hours.

Ida and Louise Cook are two ordinary Englishwomen, seemingly destined never to stray from their quiet London suburb and comfortable jobs, Ida as a budding romance novelist and Louise as a civil service typist. But in 1923, a chance hearing of an aria from Madame Butterfly sparked a passion for opera in the sisters that led to the formation of friendships with some of Europe’s leading singers and their network, many of them Jewish.

As the Nazis rose to power, Ida and Louise began working with the opera world’s insiders to save members of the community from persecution and death. Through ingenuity, thrift, and bottomless goodwill, the sisters eluded the suspicion of the Nazis and helped secure safe passage for dozens of refugees. No one would have predicted such daring lives for Ida and Louise Cook—but that underestimation is exactly how they were able to save lives.

First published in 1950, Ida Cook’s memoir of the adventures she and Louise shared remains as fresh, vital, and entertaining as the woman who wrote it and is a moving testament to the extraordinary acts of courage by two everyday heroes.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An enchanting memoir…[A] charming, harrowing tale of the Cook sisters, Ida and Louise, whose holiday from their suburban London home to the United States and Western Europe turns from a music lover’s grand tour into an international mission to save Jews from the Nazis…This lovingly written true story shines a light through one of humanity’s darkest chapters.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Well worth reading.” New Yorker

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Author Bio: Ida Cook

Author Bio: Ida Cook

Ida Cook (1904–1986), writing as Mary Burchell, authored more than 120 books over the course of five decades. A lifelong devotee of opera, she counted Amelita Galli-Curci, Rosa Ponselle, and Maria Callas among her close friends. In 1965, together with her sister Louise, she was awarded the honor of Righteous Among Nations from the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Authority in Jerusalem.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 8.13
Audience: Adult
Language: English