Bought this book after my first visit to Prague. After my visit I became interested in all things Prague. I am so glad that I read this book. I probably would have never read it had I not gotten interested in the history of Prague. What a mistake! It was a very good book and I have read it again...one of those books that you will want to read at least twice!
I enjoyed Prague Winter very much. Madeleine Albright has an altogether unique perspective on the history of Czechoslovakia from WWII as a child emigre of an activist father and later an accomplished scholar and elite diplomat. Her family history gave names and faces to victims of the Holocaust. I have recommended the book to people who have an interest in WWII history especially highlighting the Czech dimension. The book helped me form a new understanding of the brave Czech people who suffered under the Nazis then the Communists and now display a love for freedom like no one else
Regret to say: monotone of author
Few new insights into life and career of author
Until this title, I've been pleased with all narrators
No need to cut characters; more depth needed
Madeleine Albright has my admiration for her life, her service to the public good and her fellowman; the book's production (including sound quality) did not do justice to the career of this remarkable leader.
It is one that I would listen to again because there is so much history of what was happening in the "world of others" when I was just a child.
Wild Swans, Mao
yes but she is not my favorite narrator. I have good experience with her in my adult life so I knew what the voice and inflections would be.
I was surprised at how little I had learned in my life about that time in Europe, Especially Chekhovslavia and how difficult that word is to say. I can see why many now have the option to say Chek Republic.
Delighted to discover Secretary Albright narrated the book she authored. Interesting, detailed account of the period, the politics, that part of Europe. Her personal experiences, observations, connections added a richness that provided a nice break from facts.
What's there not to love? :-) I love the feel, smell and experience of a good book but nowadays who has the time?
This was my first "read" of Ms. Albright and though concerned I'd be bored to tears with useless fact and monotone drone, I was happy that my fear was unwarranted. Her voice, description, and timber drew me in to the book and I felt like I was right there experiencing both her life growing up during WWII but I also learned so much more about the Country and Land of my ancestry.
I'm tempted to compare this to a book by President Clinton but I fear that would be cliche. I would definately compare this to "In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin" by Erik Larson who captured a turbulent time so vivedly and movingly.
She she spoke of and read from her fathers notes and unfinished manuscript for a book of fiction about the war.
In particular I would like to listen to Praque Winter again to here Madeleine Albright set up the Chekoslavakian position in Europe at the beginning of WWII and England's role in the downfall of the Eastern European countries. I found the politics and attempts at mingling the cultures very interesting.
I loved listening to Madeleine Albright read her story. She has had an incredible life of influence in the USA. It was nice to hear the "back story".
I loved the historical perspective that Mrs. Albright brings to WWII.
This is one that will be recommended and reread. It ranks among my favorites.
Albright weaves the story of her early life and that of her family with events of the war years. The historical portion illuminates a part of history with which I've been only vaguely familiar with descriptions that are well-researched and presented clearly and in a balanced manner. The narrative is compelling and the message is timely.
i was rather disappointed in Madelaine's book, as I was expecting a more personal account of the experiences of her family as Jews in a hostile environment. To a small extent it was there, but the book concentrated on the politics of the war, the reasons for the decisions made by politicians for entering the war, and why the Czech Republic chose to align with Russia after hostilities ceased.
Madeleine was a small child at the outbreak of the war. Her parents had converted to Catholicism long before the war, but there was still potential danger for them if they remained in Czechoslovakia. Her father got a post as a journalist, and the family spent the war years in London. Madeleine received her early education in Britain, and she describes the officials that she met, and the political responsibilities that eventually fell on her her father.
Smart woman's story.
Any historical memoir. Madeline Albright did an amazing job writing about a historical time period, through which she lived, that now she looks back at, to tell us about how she remembers/ed it. The story doesn't "feel" like a true memoir, and isn't a historical "fact" sort of book; just a great blend of the two. I would recommend this book to any history buff!