I laughed, I cried, I laughed, I cried. This book stayed with me for awhile. I embraced the characters. I had to stop listening and just cry. The rollercoster ride was worth it. I was hooked from the begining. Be prepared to have a hard time putting this one down. Simply amazing book..
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
I usually avoid "blockbuster authors", you know, those who are always on the top ten lists, as many are over-rated, IMHO. However, this book had great reviews along with subject matter that currently interests me, so I took a chance. I figured it was about time I decided from actual experience whether a Jodi Picoult was credit-worthy. The answer is yes!
I am really glad I chose this book, as it was a compelling, fascinating story that kept me interested all the way through. I liked all the narrators and their different characters and felt there was a smooth transition between each of their stories. The thread of the "vampire" was at first distracting, but I do feel it added meaning to the story and didn't detract enough to lower the rating.
The characters were well-developed, believable, and interesting. The book elicited a plethora of emotions from me. There was sadness, of course, but also humor along with a bit of a budding romance and I enjoyed every part of it. I laughed, smiled, and shed a few tears.
I am still not sure I loved the ending and have to give that some more thought, but it also did not detract enough to cause me to lower my rating. It is sitting on a fence between 4.5 and 5 stars but really deserves the higher 5 stars.
This is an amazing story that everyone should taken a listen to. It helps put into perspective what it meant to live in the concentration camps during WWII, and raises the question.. what is justice, and how should justice be executed.
This is a very long book, which is not in itself a problem. Although Picoult is clearly an excellent writer, in this case she seems to enjoy her own writing too much. The "surprise" ending to the book is given away at about 2/3 into it. One can only assume this was on purpose, but the reason is not at all clear and to this reader deflated the ending.
Ranked amongst my favourites this book really takes you in and you feel desperately for the characters.
It was intense and I appreciated the breaks - but was desperate to get back to it
Another story that can't be enjoyed without your concentration, but worth the effort. This is not a subject matter I would normally chose, but after having enjoyed MOST of Jodi Picoult's books, I gave this book a whole-hearted listen. I was not disappointed! It was thoughtful & heartfelt, as with all her books.
I enjoyed the book and am glad I listened to it but it was unclear to me from the summary that it was a holocaust survival story.