I wouldn't listen to it again, and wouldn't recommend it to just anyone. It was very sad, very detailed information about the prison camps. Well told and well written.
This is a beautifully sad story. In the beginning, Josef is this wonderfully sweet old man and it is hard to unlike him even after hearing of the horrific crimes he committed. Minka is by far my favorite character. She is just incredible and her entire story is amazing. Her strength and perseverance is something everyone should strive for. I found myself getting lost in this book, especially when Minka was telling the story of her life.
If you're like me, you have read several Jodi Picoult novels... and they all seem so similar to each other. Maybe it's been a while since I've read one, or maybe I'm fully accurate in this thought - it was much, much deeper than any of her other work. More layers and storylines. I thoroughly enjoyed it, along with the different voice actors differentiating the storylines. Only complaint is that the ending felt very abrupt after how thorough the story was.
I have to say, this goes down as one of the best books I've ever read. This book was not what I expected. It starts out present day, then you are drawn back to the late 1930's, through the life of a Jewish girl. The story is wonderfully told, as she lives through the horror of a Jew living in Poland during WW2. I've read Unbroken, the true story of Louis Venturini and have never read a book with such detail about that horrible time, until this book. The story was told flawlessly, with great detail. Narration was spot on. The present day story was mixed in, which was perfectly woven. I loved how the author mixed in a fictional story within the ficitional novel. It was just a masterfully written book. It was very hard to stop listening to it.
This is one of those (rare) books you don't want to end but at the same time, you want to know "how" it ends. I quickly connected to and deeply cared about all of the characters in the book (even some of the villains) and I looked forward to each listening session to hear more about them. If that's not a sign of a good book - I don't know what is. I will read more from this author. Also, the narration was splendid throughout.
I would def consider the audio version. It reads with drama and accent that takes you there.
Minka was full of courage & resolve. I loved her story, however haunting it was.
I visualized Minka reading her novel to her "bunk mates" and felt their need for a place far from themselves.
Would have loved too, but enjoyed going back to it each day. It is a long one, so hard to do in a day.
This was my first Jodi Picoult novel. I was impressed. Already looking for another. This was a well-told story, full of varied perspectives and gritty truth. I loved the connectivity between the past and present. I guessed the twist early, but felt the author laid the hints on pretty thick throughout purposefully. I loved the length of the novel and wish it kept going with how Sage & Leo. Did she ever tell Leo what she did? etc.
No regrets with this one!
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.