Was thoroughly disappointed and bored with the first part of this book. Boring writing, no build up or suspense, and am I the only person who is burned out on George Guidall? And then the war comes and the back is utterly haunting.
Both main characters stayed in the limelight, however the wife was the mainstay.
You lived through her eyes and even felt hungry she she was hungry.
Suzanne I would have to say...
Sultry voice had a texture of "memory"
She had compassion for others, determination, watched other characters respond and still kept the story alive.
Apart from slightly graphic scenes (less is more) I adore this story and would recommend.
I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!
As the Brits would say "It's BRILLIANT!" Alyson Richman is one hell of a writer to be able to switch back and forth between two equally engaging people who fall in love, get married, get separated, and, 60 years later, come back together. She shows you Prague before and after the Nazis take over, what might happen to people who "got out in time", and those who stayed...and how they could come back together.
It's all so believable! Ms Richman has made all the characters believable. While some of the Germans only appear briefly, most of us have watched enough movies and TV drama to see them as full fleshed out. And the narrators! George Guidall and Suzanne Toren are as near perfect as one could wish. This is one book that I am glad I purchased in audible format rather than paper.
I don't know why I've always had an interest in WWII in Europe rather than the Pacific, but I have. Many of books have been biographic. This one sounds like it was...the clarification will be in the epilog. It seems well researched.
If you like a love story...an insight into what one person might have experienced in the camps...or what a person who made it safely to America might have experienced...how likes history, you should purchase this novel and more to share with your friends and relations!
You hope you know how it is going to turn out, but the twists and turns are hard to imagine. Well read, well written, well worth reading.
This is fictional history, which is what I enjoy most. The story is beautifully told from two different points of view. It is set in Prague, pre-WW11. There are a lot of stories written about this time period and this one is very nicely told. Although it depicts the horrendous events people went through in concentration camps, it is not too difficult to read. The narrators did a wonderful job and I found myself not wanting to stop listening. The story will break your heart, it is very emotional, but it is definitely worth the listen.
Definitely. The narrators were wonderful choices for the characters, depicting the dreams and fears and memories of two people who survived war and love and loss long ago, their marriages to each other and others, the longing... I can't even begin to describe how thrilled I am with these narrator choices.
The depiction of the concentration camps and some of the resistance work... the deprivation... it is not happy reading, but it is unforgetable.
Yes, both... and this one shines above them all.
This is not an easy read... depicting with an artist's precision the love and loss and anger and pain experienced by the main characters. I purchased this book on sale, but it would be well worth the credit.
This is not just a love story, but a story of war, of family, of unforgetable tenderness.
I need to read more books like this to remind me what the Jews went through! I wasn't born when this happened, so for us to not repeat something like this we need to study the history of it. I'm still amazed at the fact that average people stood by and let this happen! Would we do this again? Have we learned our lesson? Would we allow a government to do something like this?
The story was engrossing, the narration wonderful.
The subject matter is one of interest to me, so of course it held my attention, but the prose was so beautifully written that it held my attention even through sections that I normally would pass through.
Their voices were age-appropriate and their inflections were perfect.
I would have liked to.
Highly recommend this book in audio version.
The whole book
The title is already good and wouldn't change it.
I will look for additional books by both reader and writer
When Lannie finally meets her first husband.
I cannot choose one. They were all well performed.
You will never forget this story.