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.
Well-written. The style is such that you don't notice it. The book has plenty of action, dealing with the Nazi's and concentration camp life, but it is more a love story than a tale of World War II.
One learns in the opening pages that Lenka (sp) is the lost wife who Joseph finds at a wedding reception when they are in their 80s. Their stories proceed separately from that point with Lenka starting with her childhood in Prague and Joseph looking back at various events in his post-Prague life in the U.S. I stuck with the book, but I became impatient with Joseph's story. George Guidall does his typical superb narration but he can't really bring much life to Joseph who has the passive story, assessing his life from old age. Lenka's story is the active one, which is the larger part of the book and fairly interesting.
Was the author trying to win an award for cramming the most metaphors in a single book? It really had the potential of being a half way decent story should the author been better. I felt like I was listening to someone who just read, "Writing Novels for Dummies".
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.
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.
No, some interesting history wise but usually we need some light at the end of the tunnel
Pretty good performance
Not for me
Really angered me when book ended without them meeting when description said they did?
Yes-- it was a great story that was very enjoyable.
I wish the ending had been a bit less bland.
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The Lost Wife is a poignant and powerful story of love, personal strength, and hardship in war torn Czechoslovakia. Told from two voices, one a Jewish doctor who escapes the holocaust and the other his young wife who is sent to a concentration camp. Their separate stories cover over sixty years. This powerful book is not to be missed.