Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
"Thank you Edith for sitting down and telling us your story." Barbara Rosenblat channeled her so well, I forgot there was anyone but Edith... talking... perhaps as to her mother. I never wanted it to end. Not as dark as "Night," which made me cry, but just as intense. Simply could not put it down and not sure I was breathing though the last third.
I loved this book -- to imagine that this woman, Edith Hahn Beer , was able to tell her story is just incredible. It does not matter if you are interested in this genre of literature; it is a wonderful story of survival in the most graceful way I have read in any other book. A story of family, friends, despair, hope -- all of the ingredients for a good novel -- yet it is non fiction. Just to think that there could be so many more stories like this written -- and there are! Thanks to Audible.com, I am able to listen to all of them. (I am working on it, anyway, interspersed with other favorite subject matters).
Barbara Rosenblatt is at her best in this reading. Would have liked to know more about the rest of Edith's life after she left Austria. I think we should all read about and remember the Holocaust on a regular basis.
Great book, made even better by the amazingly talented narrator. It is difficult to remember it is not the author herself narrating.
If you are an intelligent, educated person born during or after the 20th century it should be required reading. This is a first hand story of what must never happen again. In Nazi Germany it was Jews but in another era it could be women, short people, tall people, brunettes, people with blue eyes, whatever the crazy dictator doesen't like at some moment in time. An important lesson that should not be forgotten. Barbara Rosenblat is at her best in the reading of this one.
I purchased and listened to this book through Audible and found it impossible to stop listening. The story was riveting and I learned so much about treatment of the Jews that I never knew. I think listening to it on Audible was a really a lucky choice, because other reviews have complained that the writing style was too conversational or not well edited. But my experience was a good one, because the presentation was one of Edith recounting her harrowing ordeal, telling a story some 50 years later. The narrator had an accent and did a really good job of helping me forget she was reading a book.
I agree that some parts of the story seemed skewed; uncomfortable facts of the story were rushed over. Some of these scenarios made Edith a less-sympathetic character, because rather than taking time to explain any emotional conflict, she stated the facts and moved on quickly in the story. I give her credit for honesty, even if it caused embarrassment. But not taking time to express any regrets, I think, gives the reader the impression that she had none. Like other reviewers have mentioned, it sometimes made me not like the lady much, for **SPOILER *** getting engaged to a married man with a child, for having a child with an abusive Nazi, abandoning an orphan child, refusing to take part in the prosecution of war criminals, and continuing a lifelong friendship with a coward. She sure had terrible taste in men; I'll say that! *** end SPOILER***
Edith seemed so callous about these things. But a review isn't about whether I liked the woman or not. I wish she had taken more time to explain decisions like these. A little self-reflection would have made her a more sympathetic character. But I had to remind myself that this is the story of how she survived the holocaust. Maybe a more sentimental person would not have survived. She tells her story and I enjoyed hearing it. I learned a great deal in the process and I'm very glad I came across this audio book.