Cilka's Journey

Version: Unabridged
Author: Heather Morris
Narrator: Louise Brealey
Genres: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: October 2019
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 12 hours
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'Louise Brealey is an excellent reader who gives Cilka a thoughtful, sympathetic voice.' -- Jersey's Best

This program includes a bonus conversation with the author.

From the author of the multi-million copy bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz comes a new novel based on an incredible true story of love and resilience.

Her beauty saved her — and condemned her.

Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in 1942, where the commandant immediately notices how beautiful she is. Forcibly separated from the other women prisoners, Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly taken, equals survival.

When the war is over and the camp is liberated, freedom is not granted to Cilka: She is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to a Siberian prison camp. But did she really have a choice? And where do the lines of morality lie for Cilka, who was send to Auschwitz when she was still a child?

In Siberia, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she meets a kind female doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing and begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.

Confronting death and terror daily, Cilka discovers a strength she never knew she had. And when she begins to tentatively form bonds and relationships in this harsh, new reality, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.

From child to woman, from woman to healer, Cilka's journey illuminates the resilience of the human spirit—and the will we have to survive.

Reviews (7)

Written by Anonymous on October 18th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great story great reader


Written by Tana D. on September 4th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Highly recommend. The story was compelling and the narrator mDebit even more believable.

Written by Melanie A. on February 24th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

So far it has kept my attention. Excellent read!


Written by Matt A. on February 24th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Love this book, inspiring story!


Written by Marlene P. on January 20th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I read (listened to) the author's previous book "The Tattooist of Auschwitz" and loved that. This book is just as good as the first. The author and narrator did an excellent job of bringing her story to life!

Written by Roger C. on January 12th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I adored this book. What a heroic story.

Written by Katie W. on January 7th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved this book and the narrator. It was my first book and audiobooks has changed my commute love listening to it while I’m on the go!

Author Details

Author Details

Morris, Heather

Heather Morris is a native of New Zealand, now resident in Australia. For several years, while working in a large public hospital in Melbourne, she studied and wrote screenplays, one of which was optioned by an Academy Award-winning screenwriter in the US. In 2003, Heather was introduced to an elderly gentleman who 'might just have a story worth telling'. The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives. Their friendship grew and Lale embarked on a journey of self-scrutiny, entrusting the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust to her. Heather originally wrot