Heartfelt, inspiring, magical
I loved the idea that "what is meant to be will be" no matter what. The story was awesome and I would not have minded if it had ended with a little more detail on this eternally loving couple had rekindled their love. Finding true love in your youth and innocence, and then being separated by unpredictable horrendous historical events. The Holocaust was a terrible injustice to a mass population and this is one of the most detailed, up close and personal accounts that I have ever listened to. I love how they met and was so disheartened with them having to live separate lives, and then became grateful and so happy when they found each other again. It was such a positive, moving story. Family loyalty and choices separated these soul mates for years, but it was the infinite connection of love between the main characters that reunited them at a perfect time, at a wedding of another beginning love story. I absolutely loved this story!!
I loved their voices; perfect for the characters they read for. They read with so much feeling and compassion; I was totally immersed in the story. I cried with each character reading in sad moments, and even the warm moments.
Forever love exists!!! Inspirational, sensational, even spiritual love story.
This story reminded me of stories in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Wonderful audiobook:)
The stories within the story were able to pull you deeper and deeper. The struggles and the power we find within ourselves to survive.
The charcoal sketch of the child and mother at birth and the color to give it life with the only color she had, a drop of her blood. That was a powerful moment which screamed out the horror and one simple beauty of everything around them.
The voices of the two main characters and the way they spoke with a slight Yiddish accent. It always makes the listening more enjoyable.
They were all wonderful, but Yosef and Linka (? of spelling) are the main characters. Everyone else is part of their story. They are strong and real.
This book was awe inspiring, shocking, real and heart wrenching. The treatment of the Jews by the Nazis is more terrible than can be described. I think this was very close to real life. Much of the characters were based on real people and events. It was an amazing book. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone interested in the Holocaust.
I hope she writes more. A most compelling book.
I am a long-time listener to audible books - commuting, hiking - love 'em! Especially historical fiction and thrillers!
Absolutely. The characters are well defined and the story is compelling.
Well, the ending, of course!
They are both expert narrators and truly brought these characters to life.
It made me cry. It made me pull over into a parking lot to sit through to the end.
One of the best stories of the Holocaust era I've ever read. It doesn't get maudlin or overly illustrative, just depicts a carefully delineated picture of what life was like for the Jews in Terezin.
There is nothing better than a good book!
This book was recommended after I finished The Storyteller and I am so glad it was! The Lost Wife is loosely based on true events. The narration was flawless and I loved how it was told... If you enjoyed The Storyteller, this is a must have! Beautiful, heart wrenching, and shocking.... Bravo Alyson Richman!
The alternation between the male and female narratators helped to add suspense as the story unfolded. I couldn't wait to hear what had happened to Josef after hearing an episode from Lenka's experience, and vice versa.
I can't remember the last time I cried while reading a book, but I cried several times while listening to The Lost Wife. This book touched on so many different types of love. For me, love was the message of this story.
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.
Yes. It was very well written and kept me intrigued the entire time.
I loved the way it was told by weaving together Josef and Lenka's points of view.
I thought that their performances brought a level of emotion to this story that I would have missed if I had read it.
Yes! I tried to listen to it as much as I could just to find out what happened!
Although I usually stay away from books about WW2, I am very glad I took a chance on The Lost Wife. It was sad and beautiful, although I would have liked more at the end. I felt like we spent so long with these characters and then didn't get to see what they do after they meet again. But maybe that is just me not wanting the book to end :)
I gave up on this about halfway through. The characters were engaging, and it was heartbreaking to see their worlds collapsing as the Holocaust gained momentum. And the opening was promising. But if there was a surprising twist, it sure didn't come soon enough to keep me engaged.
This is a typical story, not exceptionally well told, but not completely devoid of literary merit.
Since you know the ending from the beginning, it's the story of getting there.
I eventually get used to George Guidall's clipped idiosyncratic narration, but I always find it annoying for the first few hours.