Endearing, tragic, hopeful
There were so many poignant moments but one that was especially emotional for me:
When Minka reunites with Daria at Aushwitz after having separated from her father.
They successfully captured the story within the story through their narration. I don't think reading it would have been as powerful.
First I have to say the readers were excellent especially the voice of Minka. The book as a whole was for me a little too dependent on incredible coincidences . The denouement was pretty predictable. Having said all that, however, I listened to the end and it certainly kept my interest. Just not up to Ms Picoult's other books.
Even through some parts of this were extremely depressing it is a story every one should read. To often history is swept under the carpet and not passed on but this horrific crime to humanity needs to be told and passed on to every generation. This is a great book. This arthur is a great writer. Thanks for writing this it must have taken so much time and thought.
The novel is more depressing than I expected. The Narrators were not true to their character.
Overall , not her best work and not my favorite listening experience
They did not seem connected to their characters
It took me till chapter 25-30 before I started to like this book. For me, the characters seemed unrelatable- but that's just me I'm sure. I caught the big final twist way back when Joseph was hospitalized and it bothered me from that point on, but at least in the end it was covered. I guess I just wasn't as surprised by the plot twist as I hoped to be. I do feel that the side story- Anya's story- was essential and in the first 25 chapters it was the only reason I kept going. I would still recommend this book but only if you don't have anything else in mind to listen to.
this book goes on and on way too long with detail so gruesome I had to fast forward it through some. also goes on and on with boring detail. after all that, the ending was disappointing and did not wrap up all of the plot. it had a fantasy side plot that was silly and just drug everything out longer.
No, the narrators sounded like they were in different rooms not responding to one another. This is a problem that audiobook editors seem not to get when listening to the performance, I tried listening, but had to give up.
Just another narrator, there are a number of really poor narrator's. I speak from experience I've purchased over 200 books. It is just amazing that whoever puts the audiobooks together do such a poor job with narrators!
This held my attention throughout. Well written, descriptive, and one of Judys best. She weaves a story that has twists and turns until the end.
Having read a boat-load of murder mysteries, thrillers and suspense novels, I am always pleased when an author surprises me with an ending that I had not anticipated. The topic of this book is an extremely sensitive one and it was a tad too long...chapters could have been removed without distroying the message. But I still very much enjoyed it . I particularly enjoyed Sage's breadmaking description. Delightful. The narrator is excellent...not too over-the-top!