This is a story of struggle in WW2 Nazi Germany written, and performed, in several voices. It is a story of unspeakable horror and of bravery & hope. The underlying story is a bit vague. That's ok because it is the tale of Josef, Minca, Daria & other victims of Nazi Germany that are the real story here.
This is my first Jodi Picoult novel. I look forward to many more.
In closing I would like to give a nod to the narrators. Using more than one reader is a stroke of genius. I hope others pick up on this idea as well. Best performance I've heard in a while.
Thank you for the entertainment. It was well worth the time.
To those reviewers who wrote that the ending was foretold, I am incredulous that you would say such s thing. This intricate tale of love, betrayal, incredible courage, and forgiveness was never predictable. Nor is the ending. "How does it end?", Franz cries out. Jodi has left us to imagine.
Great story with believable characters. Well worth the listen. Hard to put down. I am. A fan of this author. All of her books are good but this one is great.
Hard to listen to at times, but certainly deserving of it. Don't make the mistake I did and read up on the book before spoiling Jodi's twists.
I hadn't read the summary since it was a book I picked as a buy four purchase. So imagine my surprise when it turns out so good. The story weaves you through the current life of the grand daughter of a concentration camp survivor, the grand mother, and the story the grand mother wrote. It took me some time to see where the story was going but the story itself and voice acting completely engulfed me. Every part of the story had purpose and drew me in slowly but surely. This isn't my usual type of book but, I really enjoyed it. And I really feel liked I learned something.
The author painted the visuals and emotions in such a way, I clung to every word, every experience, set back and victory. Perfect voice for Minka, one that begged to be heard. A story with themes that still relate to todays social issues.