It was such a horrific description of the holocaust told from the viewpoint of a Jewish participant. Heart rendering and brutally descriptive view into the lives of those who were persecuted. It brought the horror to life and gave me a whole new perspective of WWII, the German occupation, and the Allied Liberation.
Minka, she was so brave, strong, self-reliant, giving and she persevered.
It broke my heart. I wish everyone could have the opportunity to listen to it, it gives great meaning to the term "Lest We Forget".
Such a heartwarming story. You go back and back with the characters. It's never easy to pick a side. And just when you think you've figured it out, you turn the page and change your mind. There were a few times that I was like, 'Come on. No way.' Keep going. I thought the narrator did a fantastic job with the delivery and pronunciation. It wasn't easy at times, but it was commendable. This isn't a light read, and you'll have to stay focused. But it's well worth the time put into it.
This was my first Jodi Picoult book and I loved it. I found the story moving because of its historical basis, but also due to the unique story line and great narrators. I listened to this book in a week and about to buy another Picoult book.
Captivating, well done.
The plot left you always wanting to hear what happened next. The storyline could have been predictable, and maybe in some ways it was, but it was so well told, I wanted to keep going.
I think these are some of the same voices that do many other Jodi Picoult books, but the different voices for the different characters go a long way towards making the story more of a play and giving it an interesting voice.
Spoiler: this was totally well done and a great story. But, since I've read/listened to many other Jodi Picoult books, I knew there would be a twist and found myself constantly thinking about it. The book wasn't so complicated that you couldn't guess - in fact, I figured out the twist early on and was disappointed to learn I was right. Her books are awesome, but I really do wish that plot line was much less predictable.
The different characters were fantastic. The different narrators are wonderful.
The plot seemed to be transparent but like all the Picoult books I am always waiting for the unexpected twist.
I couldn't name one. They were all fantastic.
I would have loved to listen to this book in one sitting. I was hard to tare myself away from it and could not wait to get back to it.
I never have enough good things to say about Picoults books. I absolutely love every one of them.
The story was interesting, but had so many plot lines and interjections into the narrative that I found myself confused and frustrated more than once, as well as lacking motivation to keep listening. If you are interested in the WWII era, you may like the attempt at historical fiction, but overall was not impressed.
absolutely amazing read
Even though it was truly a horror story, I could not wait to listen to it every chance I could get
Narrators spoke with feeling
The entire book was great. I can't say just one particular moment moved me
This truly is a must read or listen
although this book has had some bad reviews I found it to be a touching and compelling story even though I do not like to read anymore about the holocaust. It causes me too much distress. Picoult did a remarkable job of telling the story and I got a kick of how she ended it.
I was a Reading Specialist by trade , but mostly I'm a wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother, and servant to four cats.
The narrators did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life. The story was absorbing and yet very hard to hear in parts....so much pain in people's lives. Watching some of them triumph over the past gives me hope!
The gripping account of the grandmother's experiences in the death camps in Germany during WWII. It was told in such a way that you didn't escape the horror, but also brought humanity not only to the prisoners, but to one particular German. So stunningly told, you feel as if you now know for yourself what it was like to be a Jew in the death camps. Perfectly told, telling us the truth, but not maudlin.
They captured the presence of each character perfectly!
I almost did!
I love the beautifully intertwined stories of the characters, realizing, as the story goes on, that each character is like an onion and their true selves are exposed in stages. A gripping story. Amazing!
I have read several of Jodi Picoult's books. They usually present some really interesting ethical issues. All of her books are very well written and beautifully told. I liked this book but perhaps not as much as some of her previous books.
I feel a little cheated by the end. There is an implausible twist at the end that I did not appreciate. Sure, it makes the story more troubling but as I said, just implausible.