I love to be totally immersed in a good story. I love the thrill of the middle of a great book. Thinking about it all day... wondering what will happen and then enjoying the conclusion. Nothing frustrates me more than an author who weaves an intense story line, builds interesting characters and then dumps me into despair by ending it all abruptly. Just hate that. I relish the "ahhhhh" at the end of a great story.
The masterful way the author told each of the stories so that I did not lose track of the characters or time was artful.
The Book Thief is the same time period.
I really enjoyed each of these readers. I thought that Ms Toren was so believable without overly dramatizing so that I lost sight of the fact this was a book being read.
No.... it was moving, interesting and insightful but it was also hard. The story line of WWII of course is so hard but must be told. I found that at times I just needed a lightness of heart so I would take a break.
I loved the way that the book framed around an art theme. I really enjoyed this. How precious all those works are because they were a glimpse into the tragedy of what mankind is capable of.
Own a small business and took up listening to books so I could multi-task. Am now hooked and only read when I can get whisper-sync.
The story of two people, caught up in a war that destroyed, not only their future together, but the lives of their families as well. The narration carried you along on a current of joy, sadness, discovery and resignation. Told through the main characters, Lenka and Joseph, you follow their lives from youth to old age. Wonderfully written and filled with emotion. Love everything about it until the last few minutes of the story. I would have given the story 5 starts as well, but the ending fell a bit flat for me.
I would rank this book among the top 10 of audiobooks that I've ever read; and that list is extensive.
I think Lenka was my favorite character because her life never seemed to give her what she wanted, she made it good instead.
As a man narrator, he did an amazing job narrating the women's parts, but clearly he was best suited for the men. He did a great job.
The narration was unbearable. Either commit to a full authentic accent or just speak normally. Stilted enunciation doesn't pass for an accent. George Guidall's narration was marginally better, which is why I gave it an extra star.
First of all, I could listen to anything that George Guidall narrates, and Suzanne Toren was excellent also. It was a touching story, and although I usually find reading about the Holocaust difficult, the story was not maudlin and guided by relationships. The sense of what was lost was so poignant and believable, and the ability to persevere through life bravely illustrated. Very well written and with good human insights. I was sorry to see it end.
It was a good story although it became somewhat tiresome towards the end. I realize it is necessary to tell the story of the Holocaust and that it shouldn't be glossed over but each tiny detail of each painting or sketch described in the story became tedious. I stayed with the book because I did care about what happened to the characters but it became a strain about the last fourth of the book.
I guess but with reservations.
Why is it that some narrators sound like they have just taken a drink of liquid and have not had a chance to swallow? Both narrators sounded slobbery. Plus Suzanne Toren over dramatized most of Lenka's words. Her narration was schmaltzy and got old. I have heard her on other books and didn't mind her in those - in this book I did not care for her interpretation.
Guidall narrated pretty much like he has all the other books I have heard him on. He is okay but not wonderful or insightful of his character.
It won't make my top 10 list or even my top 50 list but it wasn't a waste of time. I did finish it but would not listen to it again.
Hauntingly sad love story.
The strength that Lenka shows is truly amazing. The love for her family is something we all should strive to have.
Both leading characters were done wonderfully. can't choose
A very well written story of love and our own sad history. The story is haunting and can't help but be very sad. The inner strength of some of the people makes me wonder if people today could endure what these families went through with the same courage and grace.
No; it was a great story, awful to think things like this happened and hope they will never happen like that in the future
Many good moments; many sad moments
They were both good with their character voices
No; it was good to take in pieces
Definitely well worth a listen
I've listened to many WWII and concentration camp stories. This fiction just doesn't come up to the drama of the accounts of those who were actually there. The Seamstress is so very much better.
I try to avoid Toren and Guidall. They can ruin books. Guidall sounds like an old uncle that one can hardly wait to get away from.
Up there in the top ten, both for the story and the performances which brought it to life.
Such a love story and a very realistic portrayal of how the Holocaust destroyed entire families and the cultures of their home town. The characters' and their survival of Aushwitz were so like some of the members of my husband's family that I wish I'd questioned them more while they were alive. The writing brought depth and beauty to the human spirit that survived atrocities and picked up with life, bringing future generations into the world. This is a beautiful love story and a salute to those who survived. The backdrop of the secret paintings was also very interesting. I recently saw an exhibition of this art at the Holocaust Museum in Washington.
I love George Guidall, best known to me for portraying my beloved Mitch Rapp of the Vince Flynn series as well as Gabriel Allon of the Daniel Disilva series. I didn't think I could get thsoe characters out of my mind but that was not problem at all. I was so moved by the depth of emotion that he brought to Josef that this performance will stand forefront in my mind.
I cried often, both for the beauty of the love between Lenka & Josef and their love for their families as well as their great losses and those of their friends.
I'm so grateful this was offered as a Deal of the Day. I never would have found it otherwise and I have since recommended it to many friends.