Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.
My husband and I listened to this book on our long drive down to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where there is an exhibit called "Daniel's Story" to go with this book. I was a little disappointed by the exhibit, but not by the book. Daniel's Story is an excellent account of what it was like living through the horrors of the holocaust through the eyes of a young boy. He witnesses unspeakable tortures and fears for his own life and that of his entire family including his young sister. He is forced to stand by and watch those he loves suffer and he can do nothing to help. Seeing and feeling this kind of inhuman unspeakable behavior from one human being to another, through the eyes of an innocent child, really hammers home the evil people are capable of. I am very experienced with the holocaust, having grown up as a child of two survivors and having read countless books on the subject. I am now in the midst of writing my own novel. Daniel's Story in an excellent way to introduce this shameful time in our history to young people everywhere. It's appropriate for adults and young adults alike. The reader did a decent job as well. For a short book it really packs a punch. Even though it's only 3.5 hours long, it's worth every bit of the credit it cost me. I have listened to books that were over 24 hours long that did not affect me like this short novel did.
This was a fantastic listen. I have been involved in the sport of wrestling for over 40 years and this is, by far, the best fictional piece on our sport I have ever read/heard (Yes, even better than Vision Quest!). The technical description of the matches and the preparation for the matches was dead on. Aside from the wrestling the interaction between the characters and the everyday struggles the boys endure are common themes that everyone will be interested in. This is a must read for every wrestling fan and fun for everyone else.