I am writing a bad review about a book I loved. Here is an author who could have, and should have gone the extra step. That is take on the impossible challenge of writing the rest of the story, but she didn't.
There are so many books out there covering the same ground, and even the great (War and Remembrance comes to mind, The Seamstress, even the Hiding Place) didn't handle the what happened next very well. But I feel like I made it though all that and I wanted an ending.
Alyson Richmond has the ability to make her characters hold on to your heart, they may be you grandmother /father, you love them. I really feel cheated of the rest of the story, this is one author who could have done it, but didn't. I guess I feel like pouting, sorry but this was an epic missed opportunity, and it just makes me sad. The narrators are transcendent , awesome writing and perfect narration, just needed the last three chapters...
This book is very well written and the narrators make it complete. I have read and listened to many books on the Jewish Holocaust, this one took my breath away. It is a love story and a courageous survival story. Make sure you listen to the authors comments at the end of the book.
I liked the way the author wove the two young lovers into a pattern of separate life times. The lost wife lived through the most unimaginal horrors but was able to survive through her art. The story of what happened to Jewish Art during the holocaust is not often told.
Sarah s Key
I thought she was really special. He came across best when he described himself before his grandsons wedding
I did .
Don't read this if you don't expect to cry.
I really enjoyed this book learned about WW II but also enjoyed the love story
Joseph was my favorite
Loved them they did a gread job
I was left wanting more.
A pleasant surprise, with a depth of characterization and great sensitivity in dealing with the material. very worthwhile listen.
The poignant delivery by the narrators
Liesel's denial that the smoke stacks at Auschwitz were anything other than "industry"
For a story that spanned 70 years they were always true to the ages of their characters
no - but never do
Highly recommended, poignant, sometimes chilling but never melodramatic
I never wanted it to end. Wonderful reading. Excellent story.
No favorite..I loved Linka and Joseph..Sweet story.
When he realizes who she is.
Read...listen to it their voices make the book. I cannot imagine it being any better..
I love books!
First time author Alyson Richman. In part this book seemed a bit tedious and just another story of a survivor of a centration camp. But if you like these types of books it did have its own unique perspective. The author stated she started out to make this book into a World War II novel about stolen art but it morphed into a loves story set amidst pre-war Prague, two young people falling in love and how the war divided them and the experiences they both encountered in moving ahead, ifrst with the war then with just life itself. It was well written. It was listened to as part of a road trip which always seems to make travel go faster.
One of the best audio books I've come across. A beautifully written story with two amazing reading performances. The subject matter was not always an easy listen, but it was always engrossing. The events at Terezin had a realistic feel, so I was not surprised to learn that many characters in the story had actually existed. Highly recommended.
If I had no other audio book I wanted to listen to, yes I would listen to it again. Hopefully there will a lot of books I want to listen too!
The character read by Suzanne Toren(forgot the name of character!), because she was loyal to her family and very brave.
Probably Character performed by Suzanne Toren was my favorite .
Not really, because some of the story takes place in a Concentration Camp, and that is easy to quit listening to. I needed a break.
It really is a well done audio presentation .