The Alphabet House

The Alphabet House

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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In the tradition of Alan Furst, the #1 international bestselling author delivers his first stand-alone novel, a psychological thriller set in World War II Nazi Germany and 1970s England British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo-reconnaissance mission near Dresden, Germany. Intelligence believes the Nazis are building new factories that could turn the tide of the war. When their plane is shot down, James and Bryan know they will be executed if captured. With an enemy patrol in pursuit, they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front.In a moment of desperation, they throw two patients off the train and take their places, hoping they can escape later. But their act is too convincing and they end up in the Alphabet House, a mental hospital located far behind enemy lines, where German doctors subject their patients to daily rounds of shock treatments and experimental drugs. The pilots' only hope of survival is to fake insanity until the war ends, but their friendship and courage are put to the ultimate test when James and Bryan realize they aren't the only ones in the Alphabet House feigning madness.Millions of fans around the world--and in this country--know Adler-Olsen for his award-winning Department Q series. His first stand-alone, The Alphabet House, is the perfect introduction for those who have yet to discover his riveting work.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781101887714
Characteristics: audio file
1 sound file : digital

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userok
Apr 07, 2016

Fantastic novel up until the end. As with so many novels the end goes on and on and on. Too much explaining of everything. Too much happy endings. But a great novel up until the last part. And as far as the audiobook. The reader is very skilled. Brings the story to life, gives the characters enough separate voices to tell them apart and yet it is not dramatically read.

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pdxalexa
Jan 16, 2016

Story telling at its best. From WWII to the 1970s. Fly-boys, friendship, Nazis, murder and drugs. What a ride. All this and an excellent narrator.

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BWilsoned
Oct 27, 2015

When James and Brian's plane goes down on a mission over Germany, they find themselves on a medical train full of wounded SS officers. Taking on the personas of two dead ones they find on the train car, James and Brian ditch the bodies and resolve to portray themselves as deranged, mute men. As such, they are sent to "the alphabet house" with other emotionally damaged SS officers and other German troops. Maybe you could predict how this might go wrong is a dozen different ways, and, of course, it does go horribly wrong. Not only are they kept in a ward with other SS officers, they are treated to the best psychiatric care at the time: drugs and shock therapy. How long would you stay sane while pretending to be the opposite in a room full of the insane--or are they all insane? There are many ways to avoid the front lines at the close of the European part of WW II, and acting crazy seems to be a popular one. Who are the real mentally disabled and who are playing at it in a deadly way? I won't give anything away, so you'll have to read or listen to this book to find out what happens in the moment and the future.

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