Probably. It was a diffficult read, and the story of the past was much more engrossing than the story of the present, but it was a challenging read. Brutality was depicted in all of its graphic formss
The complex relationships between mothers and children, and the idea that those who save us do not always do it for us, but for themselves
It made me cry in spots and angry in others. It is incomprehensible to me to think that anti-Semitism still exists.
This is probably one of my favorite books about the holocaust. What do they have to tell a child? This blank space in their hearts does not go away and they do not know how to make it easy to remissness about them. The grips of which knows no comfort in the truth. Many do not allow them to know anything. Its confusing to them still and they do not want to frighten their loved ones. If unable to tell their own loved ones who even their parents were, that is a lot of pain to just swallow, as many of them did. If it is our parent who was forced to live such unspoken pain yet they see their children, with their friends and cousins who all know their entire families, all about their aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents on both sides, is truly unbearable. They feel ashamed, they wonder and can only imagine fictional stories about them. To think that this would not affect the survivors or their offspring is quite arrogant. Making statements like those I have read here that people could not bare that of the daughters angst at this fate; must be living under a rock. The holocaust is real. I feel sorry for you. We have holes in our hearts of the missing parts yet we must never forget.
Was not the story I had expected but found it to be captivating. Narration was well done. Would recommend it for readers that enjoy historical fiction.
I have a love of books, and little time to read all I buy. Audible is so great for me to fit in my reading of so many great selections!
I wouldn't listen to this book again, although I am glad I did listen to it and that I recommended it to our book club. One read is enough to enjoy the story that causes you to think of what you would do in times of adversity, in moral compromise, what you would do for your child, and more.
Our book club agreed that Anna should have shared more with Trudy. Frustrating, yet understandable that she held her story close. Also, we were disturbed that the women in New Heidelberg did not embrace Anna. Last, Anna's marriage to the America - this story - was cut short. Kind of felt as if the author was done telling the story so let is drop off the cliff.
Anna did not have an accent in old Germany, yet she did as an adult. All the men had similar accents. Other than that, it was very good.
While the book was compelling and it was intriguing to find out was was going to happen, it was fine to parcel the listening out.
interesting story that may have been true for some who survived the war. I found the psychology well written and plausible.
I enjoyed the differences she had for each character and the rate at which she spoke
I would have if I could have!
Haven't read it in print.
Too long to pick just one.
A great German Accent and very well written.
The recounted scenes from the holocaust camps were often disturbing and brought about a lot of emotions.
It is an intriguing and interesting story with a wonderful historical background. However, some of the plot lines build up very very slowly and are anticlimatic. A great historical time piece but a slow moving, sometimes boring, drama.
No.I was dissapointed at the ending, which was unanticipated and left you hanging.
Don't have one.
She handled the cahracters welll.
David is my husband - I'm the one that actually picks out and listens to the books. ~ Anna
I purchased this book because I ran across a "buy one, get one free" sale. If I had used my whole credit for this one book, I think I would have been disappointed. It was interesting in that it followed the life of a regular German citizen during World War II. A rare perspective when most stories follow the life of a Jew or perhaps an SS officer. I did find the pace very slow and I thought it had too many sexual encounters described in detail. The narration was okay, nothing spectacular.
I don't like to stop stories I have started - but after several hours I didn't feel invested enough to go on. I think I am burnt out on holocaust stories. Even though this one has a different angle - a retrospective effort by an American-German daughter to understand her German immigrant mother, it was still not interesting enough to make me want to go on.
I was dissapointed. I though it would be a story about the Holocaust. I read a lot about that. But this was just a romance novel set at that time. I don't like romance novels usually so I could not listen for long. It might have gotten better but there are too many good books out there for me to keep listening for too long.