I really enjoyed this book. It was not another depressing book on the Holocaust but looked at it through a different perspective.
It's difficult to stop listening because the story is a mix of action, fascinating and, for me, new history. The events in 1942 sent me to the internet to find out more. What happened is devastating. And it takes a self-centered person like Julia to discover the story and make others care. That said, Julia is a bit difficult to take, especially the patronizing American attitude toward European culture. I would absolutely recommend this book and can't wait to see the movie.
I bought this book because I thought that it would be as good as Kristen Scott Thomas is an actress. In other words, I was seduced by the movie poster. Although I learned a bit about the roundup of French Jews during WWII and I'm grateful for that, this book isn't worth getting through to learn from. The writing is not good. The author repeatedly uses a series of internal questions (e.g., "What would he think if she did that?", "She wondered what he was doing at that moment.") instead of real character development and by the end of the book I was sick of it. She also repeats information again and again, as if the reader couldn't get it the first time. The plot is pretty contrived too; I thought it improbable, if not impossible. Kudos to the narrator for her excellent French accent and her convincing use of voices, but even she could not cover up the book's weaknesses.
Sarah’s Key should be advertised as Adolescent Literature; then again even a child would probably become annoyed with the incessant repetition of a character’s thoughts.
This pondering is understandable at the beginning with the child, Sarah, in light of her tragic circumstances, but unforgivable in the chic, self-possessed adult Julia, as the story develops.
The author moves us from past to present time dizzily chapter by chapter. I find the changes startling.
I give one star because the narrator has great delivery and because I learned about a fragment of the Holocaust that I hadn’t previously been aware of.
I liked the story, but the narration was terrible. The narrator did not pronounce the French words correctly and made it difficult to listen to.
These connecting stories were awesome. I don't know how I missed his information in history' but this broke my heart. How people can live with themselves after doing this to another human being. The story was so well written and narrated. This is a must ,people should know all of this history.
Just one of the possible millions of stories that took place during the Holocaust. Well written and developed, the audible version provided a way around the effort of having to pronounce French words and places for non-French speaking individuals. The pervasive sadness of the story was balanced with the joy of a new child and was a welcome event.
The author did an incredible job of telling the story and blending the times together. The narrator truly brought the characters to life. Thanks for a great moving tale, I think this will top my list at book club!
Without a doubt, Sarah's Key is the best book I have listened to or read in many many years. Readers are swept back into France of 1942 from the very first words and at the end, you are left wishing for more. The reader, Polly Stone, does an excellent job of portraying each individual character and one is never confused as to which character is speaking. This book will haunt me - and you - for years to come. Exceptional!