Summer of the Long Knives by LS Bassen an Audiobook Introduction

Benjamin Franke introduces readers to Summer of the Long Knives

This week we are featuring the indie novel Summer of the Long Knives by LS Bassen as read by Benjamin Franke. After an attack by a band of roving Nazi Brownshirts, Lisel Ganz, an artist’s model in Berlin, suffers an injury that gives her the ability to catch glimpses of the future. It is already too late for many, but Lisel now can see that an even greater evil lies ahead. Taking refuge in the home of artist Albert Entrater, Lisel meets Konrad, a Catholic priest involved in a plot to assassinate Hitler. Amid great betrayal, loss, and danger, Lisel must act while there is still time. A novel of what literary critic George Steiner has called alternity, Summer of the Long Knives explores the hopes and horrors that emerge from history’s darkest moments.

*Note!!! This story contains adult content that may not be suitable for all listeners. There is sexual violence as well as adult language.

Next week on episode 22 we will speak to LS Bassen about writing an Alternative History and what concerns she may have had as well as some tricks up her sleeve. Learn more about the author here. Remember to leave a comment below about what you have heard or post a question for the author and/or hosts.

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One Reply to “Summer of the Long Knives by LS Bassen an Audiobook Introduction”

  1. I had to take a couple of days to think about this…this story had such an effect that I even disappeared off social media while I tried to pick up the pieces.

    Starting off I felt the story was coming across as little like a history lesson – but not in bad way, it was engaging and interesting. If LS Bassen wrote history books, I would read them. The transition into story was so smooth and natural I felt that the scene and context was set for the local and wider world.

    Okay…the attack on Lisel by the brownshirts. This was brutal and challenging to listen to. It affected me quite badly, left me shaken.

    I feel the author handled this well, it was graphic and hard to listen to for a reason. I felt empty afterwards; I had to hit pause and find some balance. Scenes of such violence and inhumanity are more than just plot devices, they remind us how to be human. The whole attack encapsulated the whole inhumanity of the Nazi regime, it’s something we should be reminded off from time to time.

    The author made all the right calls with this scene, nothing is held back and we should be shocked.

    Moving on I was very taken with the scenes of Albert and Konrad. I think this scene really communicated what it must have felt to live in Germany during the thirties. There was feeling of low level fear and suspicion permeating all aspects of life. I thought the tension between national socialism and communism was well drawn; it’s an aspect that I think history books gloss over a little.

    Finally the scenes in the hospital with Lisel’s emerging abilities posed many questions.

    I’m a massive fan of alternity and Summer of the Long Knives is totally on my to read list, I need to know what happens next. These characters matter to me and I care about their futures.

    Sorry for the wordy post! So much to say about this book

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