Written by K.L. Humphreys⎮ Narrated by Steve Campbell & Sarah Puckett
Author: K.L. Humphreys
Narrators: Steve Campbell, Sarah Puckett
Length: 9 hours and 28 minutes
Publisher: K.L. Humphreys
Released: Oct. 30, 2020
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How do you go home when home is gone?
I’ve paid my dues for protecting someone I love. In return my family, my life, and my freedom - all have been taken from me.
When a friend calls in a favor, I go from nothing...to having a job and a place to live.
A fresh start brings something more - a woman who brings out my protective instincts. She's been hurt - it's written all over her.
There's one thing for sure, I want her. And I vow that nothing will ever harm her again.
I've hit rock bottom, and I've slowly climbed my way back up. Now, I keep myself locked away. It's easier than letting people in and telling them about that night.
I live my life in the shadows because happiness is something that I can't have.
I keep my pain where it belongs, in the past. I keep my secrets buried deep down. Now, my past is colliding with my future, and I'm not sure how I'm going to survive.
But in the midst of the darkness is a shining light: Trent. Sometimes, you find home in the place you least expect it.
This audiobook was provided by its author, Karla M. Jay, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks, Karla!
“One does evil enough when one does nothing good.”
I have to say that you should definitely be prepared for a somewhat heavy historical fiction before going into When We Were Brave. Just like you would expect from a WW2 novel set in Nazi Germany, it showed the hardships that people experienced as well as the precious few moments that were a result of appreciating the precious seconds that were rare and kind of far between during those times.
This was in general just a heartfelt, and long, journey. I have seen people comparing When We Were Brav to The Nightingale and I have to say that I see where they are coming from.
Listening to stories from the point of different jewish people that had different takes on what was happening was interesting to read, as When We Were Brave is comprised of mainly 3 stories. The characters in the first two stories were engaging and easy to get attached to but, to be honest, it started to lose my interest at some parts towards the end.
However, the familial relationships made me fall in love so fast and were so well written (especially with the second story of the mother and son trying to escape the Nazis). It was relatable for me personally and that was the story that really hooked me the most that I just had to drop everything and listen. If you aren’t a character driven person the plot of this is more than enough to keep you engrossed as it is quite intense and emotional.
The themes were absolutely amazing! Which is an aspect that I always expect to be strong with historical fiction novels and I am very happy to say that I was not let down.
It's heartbreaking. It's inspiring. What more could you ask for? I absolutely loved the Karla M. Jay's writing style for the most part and the narrator did a great job of translating that into the audiobook. There weren't any fancy sound effects or music but that did not hinder my enjoyment at all. I actually thought the narration itself was entrancing which suited the story perfectly
All in all, I agree with everyone that this was an amazing historical WW2 fiction and there is no doubt that you are going to love this if the genre comes within your reading taste.
Meet the Narrator: Steve Campbell
My first priority is to convey your thoughts and ideas in an entertaining and insightful manner; not distracting from your message, but enhancing your words. It is my personal goal to help your audience engage with the text in an immersive and memorable way.
As a techie with a passion for performance and a love of the written word, the voice-over industry called to me. I am now fortunate enough to be living my dream of audiobook narration from my home studio, in Calgary, AB, Canada.