Not Michael Maloney
He doesn't knoe how to pronounce the German v (=f) as in von og verboten, nor can he pronounce the German ü or the French u (same sound) AND he consequently mispronounces netsuke - one of the key words of the story
Looked op pictures og the ephrussi family and netsuke on the internet.
In my mind, this edition of the book should be taken off Audibles books
I loved the way de Waal wove together his family's narrative from multiple countries and through multiple generations. His portrayal of the characters and life in the different societies painted a clear picture for my imagination. Ultimately, this is also a story of devastation and survival of Jews in the Holocaust.
I loved learning more of the history of the family's street in Paris, where I had recently visited. The family's history is so interesting that it led me to research more about the author, his artwork, the family and the locations.
Maloney adds another element of emotion through his reading.
The history of a great European dynasty.
There's a short interview with the author at the end of the story. Great to hear his voice and gain more insight into his life and his work.
One of the finest books I have listened to as a devoted audiobook listener. ````
the lure of modern history intertwined with a family's poignant story
The entire book, from start to finish, commanded my attention. But the clarity given to the disintegration of cultured, empowered Jewish life in Vienna was heartrending. I realize now I did not comprehend the rapid descent into chaos. And this book speaks to the time with utter clarity and calm.
This book is the only audio book that has moved me to tears. The author has given me a window into my mother and grandmother's lives who, although not Viennese, survived Cristalnacht to escape Germany into Italy shortly thereafter. And maybe to empathize with my angry, unknowable mother.
I love to read. In high school I read a book a night; I was too exhausted to write the book reports!
This book was recommended by a Uniworld guide in Salzburg when I asked him about Jews in Salzburg and Austria. What a sad, but uplifting story. I learned so much and know that those who read this book will as well.
I am an ecletic reader. I love fiction, history, business and biographies. It just has to have a good story and a solid plot.
This is a new look at the was and it's aftermath. It shows the rise and fall of a family all connected with small little Japanese objects of art.
The Lady in Gold. It is also based in Austria and shows a part of the Austrian history that we mostly only recognize as German.
He grows on you and finally just becomes the author. After I looked up the author and his family he looked just as I had pictured him!
I loved the audible version of this but I found myself Googling all the family members to read more about them and their buildings. I think the pictures would add a lot to the book. Maybe this is a book where you need to buy both the audible and the book.
I am not sure. I thought the story was incredibly compelling because of the subject matter and the close personal access the author had with historic figures
I really didn't like the way the narrator talks. There were many times that I wanted to stop because of the way the narrator.
The book was recommended to me thus: "It has everything you like! Art, literature, Proust, Paris, Vienna, fin de siecle, WWI, Japan, etc" I could not agree more, yet that barely does it justice...it ponders huge questions so nimbly and entertainingly that you might be excused to call it memoire or history, but it is more like a run on essay...and I would not have minded it running on and on.
The reader is one of the best I have ever heard...perfectly credible moving among languages and a variety of nationalities of names. Truly great
The story follows one man as he tries to trace the history of his inherited netsuke collection back through time. What he discovers along the way is that he is really seeking a way to cope with his family history and the loss of his uncle.
A captivating story. This is beautifully written and take you through the rise and fall of a great family. These little figurines become so much more than they seem. They become a read through time. From one area to another they hold the longings and aspirations and also the heartaches of the family. This book is a wonderful history of the last one and a half. Centuries and an incredible amount of change and atrocity and yet beauty and discovery.
This is an interesting and engaging story, but it is absurd and distracting that the narrator mispronounces one of the key words in the book consistently throughout. I don't necessarily blame the narrator, but the producer/editor should surely have caught it. Nobody would tolerate that same sloppy approach to the text; if netsuke was misspelled throughout the book version an editor would have caught it or lost his or her job. It's time to bring an equivalent standard to pronunciation in audio books. In the meantime, please at least get the key words right.