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..
This novel is based on actual events. The Holocaust provides the background to this story and it shows how so many millions of people were affected and those effects still condition our society today. I am sure that this story was repeated time and again as victims of the Nazis tried to reconnect to family members who were lost in chaos upon chaos at the end of the war and the following years. One thing that this novel has in it is art and how it was used as a weapon against the Nazis. If you are an artist or appreciate art and art history, this book provides an alternate path of interest for you other than the plot. I enjoyed this book as it reveals how our shared humanity forms a true bond with every person on the planet. There are two main characters who tell the story and the publisher wisely chose to use a male narrator for the man and a female narrator for the woman. This really aids in clarity to an audible book. If you're interested in the Holocaust and another "branch" of it, then this is a good book for you. I certainly enjoyed it.
The story was superb and the narrations elevated it to another level. Almost as it you were watching the story in your mind!
The details and descriptions of the horrors endured at the camps.
Although I have not read the book in print I image it is better as an audible book. The accents and feelings portrayed by the narrators makes the characters come to life.
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.
Plodding prose, undeveloped characters in a historical moment that deserves far more depth and insight. A catalogue of events. Superficial.
No. Not an interesting writer.
Never. I found both performances to be annoying. I didn't like Guildall's voice and Toren's acting was poor forced acting. Compare Toren with Juliet Stevenson's reading in The Signature of All Things and the difference will inform you.
What's the point? It's a story that needs a different writer.
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 book captured me from the start.
I sat in my car and cried at the end.
This book found the important balance between tragedy and evil on the one side and strength and character to overcome it all on the other side. Sometimes an author can create a story about losing everything without losing oneself. In these stories the characters, while you mourn with them for their loses and for the impact of those loses on their lives, you still experience the resiliency of human spirit to make a life in the wake of it all. This book was so good I bought it for others as a gift.
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 .