The holocaust period certainly brought out the very worst in very many people. However, it also brought out the very best in others, Seren Tuval, in particular. What made this story so listenable and wonderful was Seren's personality. She exhibited such strength, such compassion, such intelligence, and such hope. There was never any question in her mind that she might not survive. There was never a moment that she felt sorry for herself. Her optimism and strength is something for us all to emulate or aspire toward.
The narrator is simply amazing and actually became Seren in my mind. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job of a narration. She nailed it perfectly.
This is a very intense story. Yet, you can come away from it with a good feeling. I am not sure how that can be, but it is true. Don't be afraid to read another holocaust story. This one is very special. For myself, I will remember this book for a long time. I am so glad I got to know Seren's story!
I know that from a politically correct standpoint, I should praise this Holocaust survival memoir. It just isn't as good as others I have read, so for me it was just OK. The author's notes at the end were actually the most interesting part of the whole book.
Have not read the print.
Beautifully told story about a woman who was one of the very few who lived through Ravensbrck concentration camp
Could not have been better.
Could hardly put it down
This is one of the most personal accounts of the Holocaust I've come across. I haven't read the book, but rather listened to it . I could hardly take the earbuds out of my ears and yet, at times, it was so gut wrenching I wanted to craw under a quilt and hide from the hideous evil that pervaded Europe during WWII. In it, too, I see parallels to what is happening today with antisemitism growing by leaps and bounds in Europe again and Christians being tortured and murdered in the middle east. It will never end, that is for sure, but we must not forget nor fail to fight it at every turn, with every breath.
I love the out doors, and I love to read a good book outside in my hammock or on the water. Listening while gardening.
Oh I would definitely recommend this book. I was glued, so much she went through. She stayed through it and survived it.
The unbelievable strength, courage and endurance through long suffering of this young woman. Always doing whatever it took just to live, and helping others to also.
The main character. The seamstress. She was amazing. Not only did she survive but through her unselfishness she always shared what little food she could get with her friends and family.
I did not want to stop. Many nights I would fall asleep listening to it and have to back it up and listen to that part again the next day. Every chance I had I was back in it. Couldn't wait to hear more.
I believe every young lady should hear or read this novel. These days they just don't know what it's like to be unselfish and surviving through anything. It is also an excellent read for anyone young and old. I pray those days are long gone never to return in any form. Such heartlessness in the enemy. This was so sad how they could treat another human being.
Well told story of what it was like for Sara Tuvel and so many others during WWII. Sheds light on life and the horrific atrocities that were committed during that time.
The narration was wonderful and easy to listen to.
Wow! It's amazing what this woman went through. I was profoundly touched by this story. I cried often hearing of the suffering; yet, I was overjoyed at her strength and will to survive.
I read alot of historical fiction and especially WW II historical novels. I still find it so hard to believe that any group of people could be so cold and cruel to their fellow human beings. This is probably one of the best WW II historical novels I have ever read. This book is not a fictional novel, rather a true story - a memoir of Sara Tuvel.
The narration was excellent as well. I felt like I was listening to Sara Tuvel herself telling me her story. If you like this genre, other great books are Winter Garden, The Book Thief, City of Thieves, and the Nazi Officer's Wife. Nazi Officer's Wife is also a true story, while the others are fictional, but based on historical events. The Winter Garden and The Seamstress are my two favorites so far.
Don't miss this read/listen. You'll love it.
Incomprehensible circumstances, managed with an iron will, and commitment to one another's welfare. I found myself praying for Sara at the end of the book, blessing the strength of her spirit she mustered, and all she did for those around her. This story underscores the reality that no man or woman is and island. No one can do it alone. The women in this story were buoyed by one another. If not for that, I wonder if the outcome would've been the same.
I think both would be great. The story is wonderful because it explains this women's life being a Jew in Romania during WWII. This should be a required book in schools. Very matter of fact. No drama just her life and the unfair hardships she faced that ultimately lead to concentration camps.
This reminded me of the TV mini-series "The Holocaust" and reawakened my respect for the survivors and the heros in everyday life.
Her character voices and the accents.
Not a particular moment but Sarah's steadfastness to protect her sister and 2 other companions and her understanding of how to stay alive amid all the hardships.
I would recommend this book to anyone. The fake drama seen in our society today is disgusting when you think of WWII and the concentration camps.
In my top 5
The Unbroken... this too is a true story and is told in a manner that I felt I was right there!
Extremely excellent! Love listening to her!
There are many moments that are moving in the book. This was a time of devastation and the Jews were treated so terribly. It was a cruel and grueling time and this story captivates all that a family went through.
This memoir was simply wonderful! The narration was terrific and the "story" was heart-wrenching, moving, and beautiful.