Not your typical holocaust story, though some passages in it are as horrific as holocaust recounts can be. This book is partly about The Holocaust, but mainly about the way "little" holocausts are interwoven into the matrix of our contemporary lives, our family relationships, our friendships and love affairs, our myths and fairytales. Where every one of us is at the same time a victim, a survivor and a Natzi perpetrator.
I have read and listened to many books about the Holocaust...this one includes so many different facets...the granddaughter of a woman who survived the camps, the holocaust survivor herself, and one of the camp officials and his background. Listened to this obsessively to see how it ended; also, it gave some insight on how Germans were recruited to participate in "the final solution." Chilling, gripping.
I've loved every book I've read from Jodi Picoult and I think this one is one of her best. I'm actually not ready to listen to another book yet for fear of disappointment because I'll be comparing it to this one.
Yes - it was an interesting account of the Holocaust and I liked how it was told from multiple points of view.
Admittedly, it was slow at first - I wasn't sure I was going to keep listening. However, once the point of view changed a few times to reveal other characters' perspectives, I became more interested. Everything from Josef and Minka's points of view was particularly compelling.
I like that there is a different narrator for each point of view in the novel. It made for a more robust experience.
Not at first, but when I got about halfway through, it was tough to stop.
The Holocaust certainly doesn't make for lightweight reading material, but this story is a worthwhile experience.
Way too long, with way too many details. I got lost in all the details.
Not a fun book to read and we know so much about the Holocaust, there was too many details givene
All I need is a good book and a blanket and I'm good :D
Research more about the Holocaust and Auschwitz. I love fiction with historical tie ins.
Great historical background and tie in but the flashing to the contemporary story ruins it. Overall an interesting read but the ending is typical Jodi Picoult for those familiar with her style.
It had a hold on me from beginning to end. It is by far her best I've read. The narration by the cast of voices was excellently cast. If you like historical fiction this book will be the one you can't put down.
The story kept me intrigued from the start. I couldn't stop listening . . . stayed up way past my bedtime!
Yes, the multiple narrators made it even better: Young Anya, old German Joseph. Much better listened to than read.
This is the best Jodi Picoult book I've ever read/listened to. In fact it may be the BEST BOOK I'VE EVER, EVER READ! I can't recommend it highly enough. You won't be disappointed.
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.