The holocaust experience is so well-documented that the wife's story at the camps was repetitive. Touring Yad Vashem or even the US Holocaust Memorial Museum is a better way to understand the history than a novel.
The experience of survivors is less well-documented and made a much more interesting story. More focus on the post-war experience, already the most powerful part of the story, would have made the book much better.
That's the best compliment I could give a book. Even knowing the entire story, I would listen to this book again. So "real" as many have said. The human perspectives come across believable and natural. It reminds me that many paths cross and lives intersect in amazing ways. Don't miss this one!
I am a lover of history and the fantastic tales of human achievement (or folly). Sometimes, a grand author captures my imagination.
This was another recommendation based on my reading history on Audible. Specifically I think it was based on my love for ‘Beautiful Ruins’ which was a spectacular novel. There is so much to grasp in this novel which floats between two human beings, Lenka and Josef, forever joined through love in a tumultuous time. Separated and lost, they continue their lives into the future still longing for the times they had spent together during the early part of WWII. Remarkable research on the Theresienstadt concentration camp is embedded in the novel where Lenka suffers through the Nazi occupation. Both believe the other has perished and only a chance encounter many decades ahead will fulfill their eternal love. The story is very believable since millions were separated through anguish, hatred and circumstance during WWII. The author specifically mentions that she was inspired by a similar event that was conveyed to her. It is a beautiful story and well written. Sadly, the narration is so so. But it is worth a listen.
while the story told of the personal tragedy of the period, the characters' own lives and story held my interest.
Their voices seemed to "age" as time went by in the book.
Lenka because she had experienced so much in her life, she would have a very unique perspective on life as a whole (I would think).
Great book about a very disturbing time in our history.
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
Im just me! Grandmother, runner! book lover.
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..
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 .
The narration couldn't be better and made this wonderful story so much more emotional.
It's a must listen. Sit back and enjoy. And yes, I couldn't put this aside for very long. I finished this in just a few days.