A riveting Jodi Picoult book woven with heartbreaking truths and inescapable realities. The question that lingers with me.. What would i have done? Sometimes forgiveness is impossible.
I must confess, if I'd known this book has the Holocaust theme in it, I wouldn't have bought it. I didn't know what this book was about, it's the first time I read this author, and I'm so glad I've read it. You see, I'm jewish. I live in Israel. I have already heard it all. not from books, not from the history channel, I grew up with it, stories from my own relatives who survived. I know it, it's in my DAN. But as I kept listening, I had the feeling of- this is too much, as a fictional book the auther must know that there is a limit to what the reader can take- reading about the never ending suffering in the camps, and then it hit me, though I have heard it first hand from my grandfather, there was no limit to their suffering in reality. and yes, the book is very well written, but more importently, if you didn't hear it from your grandparents, this book will give you a real glance to what it was like. It's a must.
You will know when you get there, but there are parts of this book that will make you cry. In addition to feeling sorrow, you will get angry at some of the characters and angry that such atrocities actually occurred in the past. This story is a good reminder to be greatful for the little things in life and for the most obvious.
I love that this is a story in a story in a story. There are so many layers to this book. It just makes you think on so many levels.
Yes and no. It's not an edge of the seat type of thriller. But I was so captured by the characters and their stories that I definitely had to keep listening.
Minka is a character I won't soon forget. She is written so well, and the performance really does her justice. .
This book made me want to discuss it with everyone. I have most of my friends listening or reading just so we can do that. Just the questions of right and wrong, coupled with forgiveness for those acts keep me thinking about this story long after I finished it.
I think this book should be required reading - especially in ethics classes.
This was a hard one to get into. I almost returned it as this story and how it jumped around so much from stories almost lost me. It grabbed me when the Grandmother started telling her story and then I was hooked. Fantastic narration and just grabbed you with her heart breaking saga of being in a concentration camp as a young girl and how she survived. The ending just kept getting better as it all came together. I'm still not thrilled with how this author threw in a few chapters of who is this and how does this connect with the story, but at the end you find out. It's a great 4 star book with a 5 star narration from this group. WOW!!
Back in the 70's and 80's I read a myriad of books relating to WW11 from many different authors. I was never so much interested in the military angle but more so the stories of the Jews and others that were caught up in Germany's blunder. Many great authors such as Leon Uris, James Michener's Poland (why are none of his books on audio?) and Ken Follett to name a few. Going into this book I was not aware that so much of this book would be a first person account of a very believable story about Auschwitz. The story is wonderful all the way around. Also, great narrators. I think that whether you have any knowledge about that time period or not this is a great listen. . This is the second book by Picoult that I have purchased and both books have stayed with me. I find myself thinking about them still many weeks later.
I'm typically a murder, suspense, & thriller type reader; however, I'm expanding, exploring, & expanding my interests.
This is another gripping read by Jodi Picoult. The story is heart-wrenching, yet warm & touching. I really enjoyed reading this book and I know it is fiction, but I always find it difficult to read about war, suffering, and the hurt that was endured.
This book reminded me of Sarah's Key.
Great storyline, characters, and very detailed descriptions of the era. The twists and turns were numerous, but the ending is what pushed me over the edge. It really left me thinking, wondering, and then thinking again--- isn't that what a GREAT book does??