Audio is in Al's name but it's MaryJane who listens to the books.
Excellent listen, lots of history, romance, sadness & happiness. It was a good way to learn some forgotten history that is so important and should never happen again.
This story is a based-on-fact Holocaust story from the French perspective, and the story itself was lively, all encompassing and kept me hanging on for more details; however, I felt that the transitions from the historic story to the modern day were too abrupt. When listening, I often found it hard to identify the young girl's narration from the modern woman's narration. The narrator could have done a much better job of distinguishing between the two.
This being said, my book club read this book and the hard-copy book readers enjoyed the transitions. The listeners & the Kindle readers had trouble with them. Maybe a clearer chapter heading would have helped?
At any rate, I loved the story!
This was a great story and the narration was perfect. The story went back and forth, but you never feel any disconnect. I recommend that anyone read this book!!!!
I'm an avid reader and wild about Audible, so I'm just going to be honest. There are places in this story so frustrating, I wanted to stop it and walk away, but I knew I had to get through them to get back to the good parts, which are about Sarah Stravinsky. The modern story is pathetic and slow, predictible and frustrating to the point of hair-pulling.
And the voice of Michael - REALLY - you couldn't find a man or someone who could pull off something not creepy as his pieces of the performance?
Who edited this book? Because this person must be getting paid by the page. I could have easily edited this book so the pace would be much better rather than constantly jerking the reader from the faster moving historical parts that were really good to the modern portions, which were mostly not that good. I'm just going to be honest here.
This book was an inferior read to let's say, The Help. Buy that book. Or buy a real history book on this subject of the round up of Jews in Paris in July '42. Or follow the masses in sheepish baa's and think as they do - that this is a good book, and it's, well, it's - eh. It's ok. 3 Stars is the best I can do with this. And for those who think this is a 4-5 star book - this is the problem with modern fiction, right there - raise your standards, or just, "Baaaa!"
I really enjoyed this audio book. I wanted to find out what happened to Sara and her key. I didnt know what part the French played in the Holocaust and it was very insightful. Julia need to find out what happen to Sara became my need. I would recommend this book... once you turn the book on you wont want to turn it off!
Writer, editor, translator.
If you like a twisty story with lots of plot developments (and I do) you won't be disappointed in the plot of Sarah's Key (and I wasn't). However, I'm not sure that an interesting story really can survive being badly told.
I am a fanatic about all things WWII Europe and I had high hopes for this book. I did very much enjoy the setting, character set-up, and basic storyline the author created. But I didn't enjoy the telling of the tale very much at all.
My main problem with this book was the character development (meaning the lack of it) and the way the characters are drawn mostly by listing things they dislike about a given situation--obvious things, but we are forced to sit through these lists time and again.
The POV goes back and forth between a girl of 10 or 11 and a woman of 45. There are interminable passages for both where we are forced to hear long lists of things they hate. It's rote and boring, as if after writing the story, the author went back to each plot turn and inserted a dutiful, lengthy list of dislikes in answer to the question, "and how did the girl/woman feel about that?" It drags the story down enormously.
Another character development problem was people (especially the main character) not behaving consistently with who they are. We are told the main character is a journalist, but her lack of even the slightest fact-checking before acting on information (e.g., spending a lot of money for something, traveling a long distance to meet someone whose identity she hasn't verified ) is ludicrous to the extreme. Then, when she is unhappily surprised (which happen with tedious regularity), she just marvels at how no alternative to her preconceived notion had ever occurred to her. No reasonable adult would behave that way, much less a professional journalist; it was just a cheap and lazy way to move the plot in a specific direction.
There are also dialog problems For example, the American woman never uses a contraction. The narrator reads every. single. dislike. with the same odd, unidiomatic intonation and emphasis. "She did NOT like it. She did NOT want to see it. She would NOT give in." In fact, every character gets this odd emphasis and inability to use contractions. I did NOT like listening to this and I will NOT be listening to another book by either this author or this narrator.
probably not, story was captivating at first and then waned and was very predictable toward the end
Sarah, I think her story would be captivating
This was a wonderful book and it really touched my heart. The plot was great and I could not stop listening to the book because there were so many twists and turns and I had to know what happened. At one point when I was listening to the story in my car I missed my turn because I was so engrossed in the story. The narrator was terrific and she was able to portray each character so you could envision them. I must admit I needed some tissues to get through the book!. GREAT BOOK!
Yes, I would recommend this book to anyone. It is a heartbreaking and fulfilling story.
It is hard to pick between Julia and Sarah.
No, I was listening to it in my car but the last half I listened to because I had to finish it, had to know how it ended...just like Julia felt.