Not your typical holocaust story, though some passages in it are as horrific as holocaust recounts can be. This book is partly about The Holocaust, but mainly about the way "little" holocausts are interwoven into the matrix of our contemporary lives, our family relationships, our friendships and love affairs, our myths and fairytales. Where every one of us is at the same time a victim, a survivor and a Natzi perpetrator.
I've loved every book I've read from Jodi Picoult and I think this one is one of her best. I'm actually not ready to listen to another book yet for fear of disappointment because I'll be comparing it to this one.
Yes - it was an interesting account of the Holocaust and I liked how it was told from multiple points of view.
Admittedly, it was slow at first - I wasn't sure I was going to keep listening. However, once the point of view changed a few times to reveal other characters' perspectives, I became more interested. Everything from Josef and Minka's points of view was particularly compelling.
I like that there is a different narrator for each point of view in the novel. It made for a more robust experience.
Not at first, but when I got about halfway through, it was tough to stop.
The Holocaust certainly doesn't make for lightweight reading material, but this story is a worthwhile experience.
Way too long, with way too many details. I got lost in all the details.
Not a fun book to read and we know so much about the Holocaust, there was too many details givene
All I need is a good book and a blanket and I'm good :D
Research more about the Holocaust and Auschwitz. I love fiction with historical tie ins.
Great historical background and tie in but the flashing to the contemporary story ruins it. Overall an interesting read but the ending is typical Jodi Picoult for those familiar with her style.
It had a hold on me from beginning to end. It is by far her best I've read. The narration by the cast of voices was excellently cast. If you like historical fiction this book will be the one you can't put down.
The story kept me intrigued from the start. I couldn't stop listening . . . stayed up way past my bedtime!
Yes, the multiple narrators made it even better: Young Anya, old German Joseph. Much better listened to than read.
This is the best Jodi Picoult book I've ever read/listened to. In fact it may be the BEST BOOK I'VE EVER, EVER READ! I can't recommend it highly enough. You won't be disappointed.
Jodi Picoult failed to touch my soul with this book. Characters, story and milieu lacked the sparkle needed to transform them into real, captivating people. The notion that I was reading about fictional characters created in someone's imagination never left me. I jumped several chapters to get to the end. The moral conundrums at stake never challenged me.
No, there's better stuff out there.
If you have never read about the Holocaust in World War II, this is an excellent book to acquaint you with the horror and madness of that era. And, not that there are two sides to the story, but there are two sides to the people--both Germans and Jews. Well-written and superbly read, the book works as history and novel.
But, if you have more than a passing knowledge of the Holocaust, or have known people who have lived through it, you might not want to revisit the subject. I have known survivors, and was not aware of the Holocaust part of the story before listening to it. My problem was "seeing" my relatives as participants in the story, and that was to say the least, uncomfortable.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
This was a book so steeped in emotion that I found it hard to turn off the car and come in the house. Several times, I walked in the front door wearing my headset! The voices of the various performers were masterful. The story was engaging and painful in many places. I cannot think of a negative to mention.
Hard question to answer. Saige was an interesting and complex character. But I also enjoyed Jozef, despite his horrid history and the fact that he had been a monster during World War II. The character development was well-done and I particularly liked the way Ms. Picoult moved from character to character, telling the story from that person's viewpoint. Very well done.
The grandmother's accent was fairly well done. I liked Saige's voice... I found it strangely calming, even when she was agitated.
Yes, it definitely was a book I wanted to continue listening to. I have been recommending it.
Holocaust novels are particularly difficult for me to listen to though i lost no family in the camps. This one has such an interesting premise and is very well written in my opinion.