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As war engulfs Europe, 1,500 passengers risk everything to find a brighter future.

Cousins Masha and Rachel Morgenstern board the luxury liner the SS Manhattan bound for New York, desperate to escape the concentration camps that claimed the rest of their family. America offers a safe haven, but to reach it they must survive a hazardous Atlantic crossing.

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Holly  B

I loved the setting of this novel. The luxury ocean liner, the USS Manhattan was headed to New York and was packed with 1,500 passengers, including some famous ones (Rose Kennedy and her daughter).

It is 1939 and cousins Masha and Rachel Morgenstern were among the passengers who were desperate to escape the concentration camps that their families were forced into to. Thomas is a young Nazi boy who is also traveling with them and his secrets will be revealed along the way.

While I enjoyed this
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
It's not long ago that I read THE DESIGNER by Marius Gabriel, a book that I came to enjoy quite a lot. So, when I saw this book for the first time, I was intrigued, especially since there was no attached blurb at the moment. All I knew is that I wanted to read it. And, I'm happy to say that THE OCEAN LINER is just as good as THE DESIGNER.

READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION!
Susan
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always had a soft spot for novels set on ships, so this had obvious appeal for me. It is 1939 and Europe is in flux, with everyone trying to flee in different directions. Over 1500 passengers are aboard the liner, ‘Manhattan,’ with the overcrowded ship heading for America. Those on board include Jewish cousins, Rachel and Masha, who are hoping to find safety, a young Nazi with a secret and some ‘real’ characters, including Arturo Toscanini, Igor Stravinsky and Mrs Joseph Kennedy and three ...more
Karen Kay
I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review.

Cousins Masha and Rachel Morgenstern and many others, some well known, board the luxury liner the SS Manhattan bound for New York. America offers a safe haven, but to reach it they must survive a hazardous Atlantic crossing.

Overall, it was interesting but there were so many different stories crammed into the timeline, the story moved slow.

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Elizabeth
It took me quite a lot of time to get through this book. It was slow. When I saw the book offered on NetGalley, it appealed to me with the cover and the title. And it started out perfectly. I loved the activity on the liner and the characters there. But it failed once they arrived in New York. The story unraveled for me from that time until close to the end. Great premise, though.

Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this
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Joan Foss
Jul 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
What a disappointment. Is this his first book? Historical information inaccurate and not vetted by the publisher. For example, Queen Elizabeth was NOT vaulted into becoming Queen when her Uncle abdicated. No one could have had "lunch" with the Queen in 1936.Her Father was King at that time. Some Kennedy information inaccurate. A book that tries to be something it isn't. Not a historical novel, not a romantic novel, not a message/political novel. Enough said.
Joy H.
Added 6/7/18. (Published March 20th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing)
The title sounded interesting. I'm currently reading Gabriel's _The Designer_.

This week, June 7, 2018, I started reading this book.
I paid $5.99 to Amazon for the e-book and $1.99 to Audible for the Audible version.
So I'm reading the book in 4 ways:
1. Reading on my Fire Tablet
2. Reading on my "Kindle for PC"
3. Reading on my "Kindle Cloud Reader"
and
4. Listening on my Fire Tablet.

Like _The Designer_, the book seems very drawn out,
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Belinda Carvalho
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This historical novel is a real 2.5-3 stars in terms of literary quality but still manages to be quite compulsively readable and interesting . Especially as you get towards the end (even though it drags for a bit, when you get to the half way point the liner has not left Cobh!) . I think this would be a great holiday read.
It is the tale of varying characters, many famous and wonderful, on an American liner leaving Europe in 1940 and there is all the accompanying tensions of the time : world War
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Debbie
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Many lives intertwine when very different people board the SS Manhattan to escape war torn Europe for a better life. One of my favorite historical fiction settings, I was really excited to delve into this novel. However, I felt the story fell short in many areas.
Over 1500 passengers are aboard the liner, ‘Manhattan,’ with the overcrowded ship heading for America. Those on board include Jewish cousins, Rachel and Masha, who are hoping to find safety, a young Nazi with a secret and some ‘real’
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Ange H
Mar 26, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
DNF

I am always in awe of writers who take a little snippet of fact and have the imagination to weave a whole convincing story around it. The author of The Ocean Liner brings a cast of real and fictional characters together on a cruise ship bound for the United States from Europe right before WWII. One of the passengers is a young Rosemary Kennedy. While living in England where her father served as Ambassador, she fell in love with a man named Cubby Hubbard. He truly loved Rosemary in return, and
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Tripfiction
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A voyage to a new life in AMERICA


As WW2 breaks out in Europe, the SS Manhattan is preparing to set sail for New York. Chock full of passengers who are trying to escape the mayhem that is rapidly unfolding. The ship leaves Bremen, and picks up passengers in Le Havre and Southampton – before heading to Cobh in Ireland and out into the Atlantic. Many are Jews fleeing in front of the Nazis, many others simply fear for their lives if the stay in Europe. And they are a pretty disparate collection. The
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Renee
So this story resurrected the part of me that grew up with ensemble cast disaster movies like Airport (Remember Dean Martin as the pilot?), Hotel & The Poseidon Adventure. (Cue Helen Reddy singing, “There’s got to me a a morning after . . .”) . . .

I enjoyed the poignant stories and glimpses into the characters’ lives.

Thank you to Kindle Unlimited for allowing me to enjoy this story. I both listened & read because it was available in both formats.

*I did fast forward through some
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Deanna Sletten
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is the fourth novel I’ve read by Marius Gabriel and I have enjoyed all of them. In this story, he takes us on a journey across the ocean on the luxury liner, the SS Manhattan, on its way to America with an interesting cast of characters who are both real and imagined. We meet cousins Masha and Rachel, escaping Nazi Germany, hoping for a better life. There is also a famous conductor, a renowned composer, Rose Kennedy and her children, including young Ted, and an aging film star, plus so many ...more
Anisha
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book has been on my wishlist for Audible for quite some time. I went back and forth because of the reviews. I lost interest a few chapters in but I have to say that the book got SO much better at about 30%. It was a "full circle" book for me and I really, truly enjoyed it. The narrator was also amazing; usually I have issues when a single narrator has to narrate so many voices, accents etc..but this woman was just simply amazing in each accent and none made me cringe (bc usually I cringe). ...more
Connie Fischer
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Le Havre - 1939

Masha (20) and Rachel (23) Morgenstern are German cousins and are aboard the American ship, The Manhattan, headed to the U.S. They realize that the composer, Igor Stravinsky, is boarding the ship, being helped along by Katharine Wolff, an American. Many of the passengers are Jews fleeing the Nazis. Also onboard the ship is Mr. Toscanini, a maestro who has conducted orchestras playing Stravinsky’s works. As the ship is having to accept more than its capacity. many passengers
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Debbie
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was sucked right into this book from the very beginning. It included such a great cast of characters with great scenes. I really felt like I was riding on that boat and that the people were real.

The name dropping was off the charts in this book. From a composer to a conductor to a child wanna be actress and even a future president's family. It had everything: romance, adventure, action, all set during a world war voyage across the Atlantic. The mutiny on the German sub was especially tense.

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Andie
Nov 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Historical fiction (so called) about an ocean liner leaving Europe as World War II is about to begin with a passenger list that includes the composer Shostakovich, the conductor Arturo Tosconinni. Rose Kennedy and several of her children and assorted Jewish refugees escaping the Nazis at the last minute

The plot is preposterous. The kind of audio book that puts listeners to sleep. Don't waste your time
Jo Barton
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story opens in Le Havre, in 1939, and as war starts to infiltrate into Europe,the luxury liner the SS Manhattan takes on passengers who are bound for New York and a safer way of life. All of them have stories to tell and secrets to keep, some of which are revealed even before the ship heads out into the Atlantic.

The story focuses on several of the passengers, some are famous, as the composer, Igor Stravinsky who is fleeing Europe for reasons of his own, and also Rose Kennedy, the stern
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Bonnye Reed
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GNAB Marius Gabriel brings us another excellent historical novel, peopled with a handful of history's most memorial personages and more folks we also would have liked to have known. These pages bring to life the build up to war in Europe in 1939 with all it's angst and sense of impending doom, as travelers rush to reach home, wherever it might be, by whatever means possible.

These characters, whether 'famous' or fiction, all reflect the humanity and humility that is the best of us, and the basic
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Sharlene
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical fiction set during WWII and takes place on the ocean liner Manhattan as it sails to New York City. I enjoyed the stories of the cousins Masha and Rachel Morgenstern. Their is an interesting cast of characters on board and learning about their stories was intriguing. I would recommend this book to friends and give it a 4 star rating.
Janice
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
This never really captured me. Audible reader was good.
Ellen Brenner
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal book. The characters were fabulous. His story line on Rosemary Kennedy made me ticked at her parents. Glad Thomas and Marsha found each other.
Pam
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Ocean Liner is a novel by Marius Gabriel. This novel is loosely based on historical facts and people. The SS Manhattan was an ocean liner which carried American passengers from Europe to the US at the start of WWII. It was later confiscated by Roosevelt and renamed the USS Wakefield which served in WWII. Some of the characters on the ship were real people, Stravinsky, Toscanini, The Kennedys, Fanny Ward, and Commodore Albert “Rescue” Randall. The SS Washington, the sister ship to the US ...more
Theresa Lorenzo
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Ocean Liner by Marius Gabriel is a very intriguing novel about a US ocean liner, Manhattan, trying to make its way from Europe to America with a disparate group of passengers on board.

Masha and Rachel are two young Jewish cousins whose families sent them away before they were taken to concentration camps by the Germans. Arturo Toscanini and his wife are traveling (rather unhappily) together to the United States where he will conduct orchestras as he had in Europe. Igor Stravinsky and his
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Marion Marchetto
With a passenger list that includes celebrities of the day (Toscanini, Stravinsky, Fanny Ward, Rose Kennedy and her children) along with a young Nazi, the American ship SS Manhattan sits at the pier in Le Havre, France in 1939. "Cousins Masha and Rachel Morganstern board the luxury liner bound for New York, desperate to escape the concentration camps that claimed the rest of their family". But crossing the Atlantic is hazardous now that German U-boats patrol off the English shores. It is one of ...more
Amanda
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an odd book. It was more likely a 4 at the beginning, when they were actually on the ocean liner and a 2 at the end when the story landed on terra firma.
The Manhattan was an interesting cruise ship with so many fascinating passengers. What was unclear to me, and I haven't found a specific answer in my own research yet, was whether or not all these passengers were actually ever on the liner at the same time (I suspect not, but haven't confirmed that). Still I loved the stories on board
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Diane
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Won this off of Goodreads as and eBook.

The book is a historical/fiction taking place during the being of WW2. The United States has not entered the war yet. Some of the characters are based on true people during this time period.
We follow some of the character on board the luxury ocean liner Manhattan as it sets sail for New York. We find a mixture of the rich and not rich. They are all trying to get out of Europe as Hitler is moving across it. Many are Jewish people trying to escape. Also we
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Jo
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, literary

On the brink of WWII in Europe, the SS Manhattan is preparing to set sail for New York. Overloaded with passengers, desperate to escape the chaos that is unfolding across Europe. Many are Jews fleeing from the Nazis, many others simply fear for their lives because of the restrictions that are part of their daily routines. Passengers include Stravinsky, Toscanini and Rose Kennedy and cousins Masha and Rachel Morgenstern and a young Nazi named Thomas.

But crossing the Atlantic is hazardous now
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Jen
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I finished it over the weekend, I am loving the historical fiction genre lately! This book mentions Elizabeth Taylor, Walt Disney, and the Kennedys. I loved the spin on the characters and how it brought them together with these big names from the time period. The Ocean Liner takes place on the ship Manhattan as it sails from Europe to New York. With a ship load of people attempting to escape WWII, this book did not disappoint in story lines. There is a German submarine following them also, ...more
Loraine Oliver
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction
Shelves: reviewed-books
The Ocean Liner is a Historical Fiction novel set during WW2, and the people who board this ship are fleeing from Hitler's rule. There are many Jewish people on board whose family have been taken to concentration camps.

There are over 1500 people on the ship which makes it very overcrowded and many are forced to share their lodgings. The cast of characters is rich with people like Igor Stravinsky, Mr. Toscanini, a maestro, and Rose Kennedy who is bringing 3 children over, including her daughter
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Marius Gabriel is an international thriller and mystery writer.

Under the pseudonym Madeleine Ker, he wrote over 30 romance novels in the 1980s.

As Marius Gabriel he has written several mystery best-sellers, some of them historical novels.

He has three grown-up children and currently lives in Cairo and London. He is 59.
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