The narrator is fantastic, but I am not moved by the story. Too complicated for me to listen to -- would prefer to read it.
Possibly, but I would read it.
Caring, Intelligent, History
I can't remember any other book at its sort.
Very well done, although he is a fast narrator. Sometimes he speaks too quick.
No. I did it in parts because there is so much to listen to. In fact it's three stories in one book.First the search of the netsukes, then the whole of the family history and then the way Edmund de Waal did his research.
I was so lucky to have seen him in person giving his talk about the book. And then I was so impressed that I bought the book for my husband and I searched for this audible book. And I was lucky to find it.There will be a time that I will read it agian because reading with your ears is quite different than with your eyes. Can't wait to see the film.
A true story that never fails to captivate--have not read the print version, but friends who have read it say the two versions are equally fascinating.
Articulate and understated.
When Emmy and Victor were invaded by the Gestapo and thrown out of their palace.
A truly wonderful book.
...loved the trip through European history ~ Odessa, Vienna, Paris and London. I'd already read the book as did my book group, there's so much detail, 'hearing' it brought out futher insight into the Efrussi family.
Uncle Iggy, who lives in Tokyo, is memorable. the characters are all memorable in their own way.
I'm familiar with Michael Maloney's acting, I recognized his voice pretty quickly. I thought his French sounded excellent. He's just a great talent.
When the book returns to Uncle Iggy at the end and we find out more about him.
One of the best books I've ever read, I've always been a fan of European history, it was my college major.
Yes, I loved the story since it was the author researching his own family's history....if you are interested in art or the Belle Epoque era in particular, I recommend this audible book.
One of the great strengths of this book is the level of detail it provides. The whole second part of the book was stunning for how vividly it brought to life the world of Vienna both before and during WWII. It was captivating. For the first part of the book, that dealt so much with art, I found the level of detail a bit overwhelming. As someone who knows little about "the art world" and simply isn't drawn to it that much, it felt like it just went on and on sometimes. But the second part more than made up for it.
It was a powerful experience reading this, and a hugely admirable accomplishment by the author.
I haven't read the print version but I think the proper pronunciation of terms in German and Japanese added alot to the reading. Mr Maloney did a sensitive reading........ he expressed emotions in his voice that he read on the page. It brought it alive and made the listener smile and cry in turn. He also varied the pace to the fit with what he was reading.
I would compare it to The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion because it is a memoir that focuses on one particular part of the memoirist's life. Both writers could skillfully tell us the facts and then plunge us into despair or joy by their reaction to those facts.
He was always speaking as Edmund de Waal.
I've listened to it twice and will probably revisit it in a few years. I also bought the print version so I can see the photographs and copy out some sections that were particularly meaningful to me.
A fantastic book!
This touching story of an Austrian family's history is carefully told through the author's inheritance of a collection of netsukes. Intriguing and thought provoking.
I have not read the printed version and I prefer to listen rather than to read. The reader of this book does an excellent job and it was a pleasure to listen to him. He made the book come alive.
For me, as a Jew, the story had special significance in highlighting the history of the wealthy Jewish community in London, Vienna and Paris before the world wars, and illustrating the dreadful antisemitism which overwhelmed them and sought - for not good reason - to exterminate them. I never knew about such an educated, cultured and wealthy Jewish class in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and their incredible contribution to the societies in which they lived, and which despised them simply for their 'otherness'.
I enjoyed his compassionate voice , his ability to make the different characters come alive - to act out the story.
I was physically upset by the descriptions of the antisemitism and of vileness of the Nazis in the Time of Hitler. I was also upset by the descriptions of how ordinary Germans; so called friends, neighbors; so called decent, cultured people - could stoop to such degradations whether they purported individual acts of savagery themselves, or benefited from the murder of millions of people and their theft and destruction of the property and art treasures that the Ephrussi family amassed and which would have been a gift to mankind.
I found the first 50 or so pages, quite repetitive and could not understand such a prolonged peon to the arts and artifacts that are so passionately described. The story came alive to me when it moved into greater depth about the Ephrussi families and particular characters - and the circumstances that befell them. The fact that is based on fact, was very interesting to me.
De Waal takes you deeply into this family (his family), generation after generation, so that not only do you care about individuals, but you understand how they originated their enormous wealth (in Russia), how they lived in the upper classes of European society, and how they were affected by 20th-century anti-semitism --- all this "threaded" by a collection of netsuke. Brilliant!