When Lannie finally meets her first husband.
I cannot choose one. They were all well performed.
You will never forget this story.
I'm a busy mom who loves to listen to books. Mostly I listen on my way to and from work.
The writing is superb. Full of important detail and emotion. The story is so believable and some what true.
The two main characters are my favorite but the writer makes it to where you are just routing for everyone to be ok.
The same, "The Lost Wife". It fits.
This book just had such a great story and I had a hard time every time I had to stop listening. It is sad but it has such history to it that it makes it such a great listening.
This story focuses on love and hope. Alyson Richman's elegant writing style combined with heart-touching moments made me smile and, several times, nearly brought me to tears. I love the fact that the book is inspired by true-life stories of several people, combined into one heart-felt novel.
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.