I bought this book on the basis of the reviews, now I find myself in a minority. In general I thought this was boring, saved only by excellent narration, but couldn't save the book. Certainly the main character demonstrated courage, but to often this was encapsulated in long periods that lead nowhere. Given the principle topic, ie the Holocaust I felt I should have been involved more. Dissapointing in the extreme
Have not read print version.
A biography of WWII seen through the eyes of a Jewish woman trying to survive by whatever means she could. Her story was enthralling, her resilience amazing,a great story about the human spirit and what it can endure in times of extreme hardship and always in the face of death.
She portrayed the characters ably so that the reader could easily follow the thread of the story, regardless of what character she read.
Edith of course. Her will to survive is a lesson for all, should they be caught in circumstances as dire as the ones she had to endure. She is an amazing woman who exhibits all the traits of what I believe a true
Loved it. Will listen to it again in my twilight years.
Hi there! My name is Jen! One of my New Years Resolutions is to read more! I'll try to review all I can!
Only because of the added animated narration, I would definately say the audiobook is better than just the book alone though I haven't read the book by itself.
Edith was my favorite character, of course; the woman who wrote the story. Sic a silly question for a biography, haha. Her perseverance throughout all of the hardships she endured makes her a strong woman.
This is impossible to answer because each character had their own part that brought the sort to life.
Edith and Pepe were the most memoable. Edith, as she had lived in every page and Pepe because of how much you wanted to smack him around a bit for being such a mama's boy.
This is by far the best book and most memorable that I have read this year. While most other a holocaust books take you into concentration camps and leave you feeling mad or sorry, this book has enough humor and moments where you're reminded that not all Germans were as hostile as the nazis in the camps were made out to be. Though Edith's life was far from easy during this time, and she had to fight to survive, it's a nice change readin about someone who had just an ounce of freedom while lving under the radar instead of leading a life in Auchwitz.
The main character the jewis woman
This was my first Audio book, and the experience was more than I expect.
A real life story of someone living during the most terrible time in the way humans can treat their own ranks one of the highest of my non-fiction reading.
Edith because of her strength and beliefs.
Barbara makes the characters come alive with all of the detail in her voices. She paints the picture of the actual person to the point that you could pick them out in a crowd.
The whole book.
Because of my following of Barbara Rosenblat, I now have even more respect for the Jewish struggles and losses.
Yes. It is an excellent story and gives a deep insight into life during the Nazi-Era from both the Jewish and the German angle.
The human will to survive - regardless of any obstacles. And, of course, a first hand recollection of the times as experienced by a Jewess thrown into a 100% Nazi environment.
This is my first Barbara Rosenblat experience - and will certainly not be my last. She is a very, very good narrator.
Highly recommended - for the story (a true story!) as well as the narrator.
The details of life in Nazi Germany revealed in the story in an engaging way. The writing style took you out of yourself and put you in Edit Hann's shoes.
Edit Hann Beer, her honesty about trying to save herself by disguising as a non-Jew in Nazi Germany whilst knowing that other Jews were being killed in death camps.
The scene in which Edit Hann is interviewed by a Nazi officer responsible for Race Relations and he tells her exactly what to do to invent a non-Jewish identity for herself and how to use that identity to survive the war and what to do to avoid detection.
Yes, without doubt.
More stuff like this please. Beautifully read by Barbara Rosenblat and written in a way that made you feel that you were there with Edit in the room, experiencing her joys and disasters.
I listened to this book mesmerized by Edith's story and having to tell myself that this wasn't fiction. Her strength of character through unbelievable hardships shines through. life under Nazi Germany came alive in this book. The cruelty of mankind towards people who are different was evident throughout. A must listen to book. Narrator was excellent. Totally believable, inspirational and not over-dramatic. This story will stay with me.
The fact it was a true story
I kept having to remind myself that she wasn't The Nazi Officer's Wife, but only the reader.
Not a typical Holocaust story, but another true hero in my eyes.
The narration was perfect and very compelling.
Stirs up your imagination and emotions.
Fully captures the description of the era as it walks you in step with the author's experiences.
The narrator was perfect!
I listened to the story twice in a row and has become one of my favorites.