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.
No.I was dissapointed at the ending, which was unanticipated and left you hanging.
Don't have one.
She handled the cahracters welll.
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.
Brilliantly written, horror stories of a woman and her daughter during the Reich. Just to survive from one day to next, forced into unspeakable acts. Recollections of the daughter trying to find answers from her mother and a mother never wanting to admit those horrific times in Germany. The narration by Suzanne Toren, brilliant, captivating with the accents spot on. Listened to her many times, each performance first class all the way.
This book follows a young girl on a very difficult road through her life of loss and recovery. I was intrigued because of the hinting (in the description) at the emotional scars that are left behind, and how we are able to mend our relationships with others after the fact. I was very disappointed to find none of this tho. It turned into a long story of unfortunate sexual encounters that scarred these women throughout their lives and they never really recovered from. I was very disappointed, and I certainly would never recommend this as a book for young readers as much of the material is quite graphic. Top that off with an unsatisfying ending, and I was left feeling like my time was stolen; and I got neither understanding nor resolution back from the time I gave to it.
I thought the narrator was really able to distinguish between characters. The accents and the voices were great. The story was compelling and I wasn't sure what would happen and how things would get "resolved". It was a sad story but very realistic. The roles that people played during the Holocaust was fascinating.
The role that the mother played throughout the book. How tormented she was and the struggles she faced from the time she was young until the end of the book.
She made the characters come alive. The accents were incredible.
For the unpredictable, but it never happened. I started with "can't wait to turn friends into this" to "when will this end." The atrocities of the War were to be expected (perhaps I need to find another genre?), but IMHO the relationship between Anna and the Obersturmfuhrer took up WAY too much of the storyline. The marriage to Jack was only mentioned like an aside...so much so that I had to rewind to see if I had missed something. The only twist unlike other WWII books was the German History professor/daughter finding out the identity of her true father the way she did. Ms. Tozen did a wonderful job, but unfortunately had to read the words given to her. Needless to say, I will be choosing a non-WWII BOOK for my next read.
This book also explains the present via the past.
There were so many. No spoilers will come from me. Perhaps actually being able to understand on a personal level how being in Nazi Germany could change good people and move them to act in bad ways due to context.
It's easy to say the Nazis were bad and it could never happen here or to me. This book illustrates how it could and how good people through saving themselves end up doing bad things.
The narrator did an excellent job of keeping my attention. Her voice was smooth and not loud or boring. There were many different characters that she had to mimic and she was able to do so without losing the importance of the story. It was a rather long story but I never wanted to just give up and stop hearing the story. On some stories, I get tired of the narration and quit listening, but on this story, I was kept interested the whole time.
I loved the story. I am very interested in the era of WWII because my father fought 1942-1945. Every story has a piece of information that helps me to understand the war and why my father never wanted to talk about it. I have come to learn of the atrocities that occurred with the books I listen to. The characters were believable and each had their own story to tell.
It made me feel for everyone that was touched by WWII. I could relate to their stories even though I did not live through the times. The story touched on a very sensitive subject of women and how everything we do is for our children. I tried to imagine how Anna's life would have been if she had not had Trudy. Would she have made the same decisions? Also, I felt sad when the characters would remember when their family members or friends were killed. How they had to go on but 60 years later still remember like it was yesterday.
A very good book and the first one I have read by this author. It was another view of the war by a German woman who also struggled to survive
I was intrigued by the author's use of two separate timelines. I would recommend it.