Not my type.
I would not have chosen this book. I read it almost accidentally. I purchased the wrong title but read it anyway (without reading the reviews or the story line). I listened with shock, enjoyment and anticipation the whole way through. I have since recommended this book to my bookclub and to anyone else who reads. I have no regrets reading this book - and had a hard time putting it down.
Yes, because I couldn't stop listening to it. The story really hooks you and pulls you in.
Altogether, the plot of the book is a little predictable. I guessed a lot of what was going to happen next because the foreshadowing used in the story is really obvious. The flow of the story was good though. I liked the direction of it. I will probably listen to this story again down the road.
I listen to a great deal of books on audible. I found this book's characters and who narrated as each character added so much to this book.
Really enjoyed this one!
List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen
But the ending didn't pan out exactly as I had hoped.... It came out the way I expected - It just went a little around the houses to get there, and in an order I would have liked to have seen different. How old am I really right? Around the houses - Yikes..... I can't explain it better. I think there could have been alternate endings.
I was riveted through the first two part and most of the third.... I mean riveted.. The story was told wonderfully. It confirmed once again how good my life is and how bad it could have been if I was born in any other time period. Or if i was born another color, Or if I was born in another country. My worst wouldn't compare to some peoples best. This book was full of strength and resolve. I am very glad I downloaded this book.
Time for me is the biggest commodity and I'm very stingy with it. I love the fact that I don't have to sit still to read a book.
I never read the print version so I can't compare it with the audio edition. However, I have to say that I enjoyed this book tremendously. The voices were outstanding, the story was beyond compare. I learned a lot from this book as well.
The way they tied up all the loose ends at the end of the book was perfect.
I didn't laugh or cry just....ahhhh
Don't miss out on this one!!
This is a truly Incredible Book. Twists and turns, great character build and a Shock at the end. The Readers are Wonderful!!!
The Characters through time.
The narrators add incredible reality to the story.
This book made me laugh and cry.
A Must Read!! I am buying the hard cover for my teenagers to read!
I cannot say enough about this book. It is several stories within a story. Each narrator plays their part perfectly, especially Toran as Minka. This book begins in present day with Sage. As we begin to learn her story, she meets an old man with a disturbing secret. As his tale is revealed, Sage seeks guidance from her Grandmother Minka. At this point, Minka takes over, and we hear her amazing story of living as a Jew in Nazi occupied Poland. Minka is able to survive because of her talent as a writer. Throughout the entire book we hear bits and pieces of Minka's own unpublished novel. I absolutely fell in love with these characters. Honestly, Minka's story alone makes this one worth the listen.
Couldn't finish it. Couldn't sympathize with the protagonist and her incessant psychological self-flagellation. Her internal struggle about killing the Nazi? What nonsense! And the silly vampire story woven in? What was up with that? Go watch "The Apt Pupil" if you want to see a powerful tale of hidden Nazi war criminals. Pulp.
Inspiring! Relevant! Thoughtful!
In many ways, this reminds me of Sarah's Key. I suppose some of it is that they both deal with WWII, but I think both challenge the reader to think more deeply about human nature and the depths we can sink to but also to see the hope of change.
They all did an excellent job in narrating the story. I appreciated the use of multiple narrators to reflect different characters. They performed with great emotion.
Parts made me want to cry. I do not know how one can bear witness (granted this is fiction but it is based on facts) to the horrors of WWII and not feel remorse or horror or sadness. It also made me think about how I define myself. Sage defines herself in one way and fails to see all of the other facets of herself. We get to see her understand herself and her grandmother and the world.
It as seemed for awhile that the author has had a mold: family, hospital, law suit. In this book the author breaks away from that in a new and fresh way.
Definitely a book worth a second, third, or fourth listen!
The book also awakened me to the fact that there are Nazis (discovered or hidden) still in the United States. It made me do a little research. Sure, their country of origins do not want them back, but should they really be allowed to continue to collect Social Security and such? If their crimes had been known, they would not have been allowed in. They have in effect acted fraudulently and defrauded the US government and her citizens. Doing nothing seems like a crime for us as well.
Yes. Life is full of history. Both tragic and beautiful. We need to understand the past to truly understand and appreciate our future.
Yes. I wanted to know what came next. I felt I was the granddaughter hearing the story of my family and I had to know more.
The passion of each character. A kind of realization.
There were parts I laughed out loud and said that is so me, other times I cried and was very angry!