I really, really wanted to love this story. Taking place in France and being such a haunting story of a little girl surviving such a horrible time in history I thought for sure I'd love this story.
But alas, I did not. It was absolutely horrible. Predictable, made women look like idiots and was a washed up version of what I thought it was going to be.
And no, I won't be watching the movie.
Yes, I feel like I get more of the authors feelings
I can't compare
Her voice and personality intonations.
Sarah herself. She was woven in and out of the story to the last. If you have a heart you could feel the heartache she must have felt
I will be reading/listening to other books by Tatiana
I liked the way there were two points of view, a past and a present
I didn't realize allot of the circumstances around Paris and the Jews, that was eye opening, however the ending was disappointing, I would have given a higher review if the ending ended two chapters sooner. That would be my only negative about this book.
Polly Stone's accent is superb, the way she switched back and forth between a french accent and then to an English without missing a beat kept you seeing the story in your mind's eye.
Other than the slow start and the last two chapters, the book was good, just a little long.
"The only thing of my very own to which I can contribute to my own redemption is the sin from which I need to be redeemed." - William Temple
There once was a time (like movies and TV shows) when stories, books, and literature didn't contain the use of profanity, but now it's hard to find a book without it. The use of profanity and taking God's name in vain in this book was not necessary.
I enjoyed the story but was disappointed that the protagonist's (Julia's) internal and external struggles (necessary in all fiction) tended to overshadow the story of Sarah toward the end. I found myself not caring (nor wanting to hear about) Julia's uneventful sex life with her boyfriends. I got the book because of the story about WWII, the tragedy of the holocaust, the struggles of those who lived through it, and how all that was interwoven with Sarah's key. I understand that Julia was a big part of the story as well as Sarah, but toward the end I felt as if the title of the book should have been, "Sarah's Key and Julia's Love Life."
I enjoyed the story and felt it was well written, keeping me wanting to hear more (even though the end seemed like it dragged on a little). I also enjoyed the narration. Polly Stone did a fantastic job.
Probably not-the book went on WAY after the real story had been told.
This is a haunting and beautiful Holocaust story. However, the modern storyline was sooo shallow and pathetic as to be a distraction and did not enhance the story at all. This book makes it clear why people hate the French. Such a shame because there was definitely potential there!
The book starts off well and is a frightening reminder of those dreadful years during WWII. The narrarator is excellent, doing the main characters (a middle aged woman and a young girl), children, elderly men, elderly ladies, and middle aged men, all effectively. There's a bit of a dichotomy in this book for me. I was extremely interested in the young girl's story, and what happened to her in the 1st half of the book. Interwoven with the girl's story is a modern woman's story. Later in the book, partially out of plot necessity, it becomes completely about the modern woman. And to be honest, the modern story half was fairly cliche and uninteresting to me--the parts with her in it read like a dime-store romance novel with a twist. It was fairly annoying to deal with her, and I didn't care for the character all that much. That being said, I'm glad I invested the time to read "Sarah's Key"--I just wish more of Sarah was in the book.
The performance was well done. But it was just such a dark and sad story. I was waiting for something good to happen. There were brief moments of hope, but not enough. I do admit that it was a dark time in history and I did learn something new about France's involvement in WWII.
I feel like this book has sparked something within me. Maybe it has just interested me because I never new about this roundup and it makes me want to learn more. Polly's reading was so beautiful and it helped that she knew how to pronounce the french words (which I would've butchered in my head if I actually read it). The actual plot and ending weren't amazing, but I still think it was good enough to keep my interest throughout the entire book. I'm definitely glad that I listened to this and I don't think I'll ever forget it.
I learned about the Paris Roundup. The plot was so clever. I felt it could have all been true. I could not turn it off.
I already have numerous times .. holds your attention
Harrowing description of the events of 1942
She brought the story alive
Thank you for bringing to light a part of history that is hidden